On Saturday, September 16, 2017, The Nikki Perlow Foundation will present the inaugural Nikki Perlow Foundation Forest of Hope (FOH) project in Baltimore County, Maryland at Oregon Ridge Park. This groundbreaking event will not only act as a fundraiser for addiction treatment scholarships, as is the mission of most NPF events, but will go a long way in breaking the stigma associated with addiction by highlighting stories of personal recovery. This event coincides with National Recovery Month.

The Forest of Hope is an outdoor art installation project that will act as a celebration of life and recovery from addiction that connects the beauty of art and nature with people who have been freed from the bondage and grips of drug and alcohol addiction. The goal of the project for the Nikki Perlow Foundation is to create a nationwide movement that celebrates stories of recovery that can be shared with the public through innovative artistic projects. Individual trees in a selected area of Oregon Ridge Park have been “claimed” by individuals in recovery or groups of people in recovery (Maryland Addiction Recovery Center alumni have claimed a tree) and over the last several months, they have come together to tell their stories of recovery through paintings. Led by artist Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen, those artistic expressions will be transferred to the individual trees, bringing to life up to 100 colorful trees that tell the stories of personal recovery from addiction. It will certainly become a forest of hope for visitors of Oregon Ridge Park in the years to come.

The event will not only go towards celebrating recovery and breaking the stigma of addiction, but as is the mission of the Nikki Perlow Foundation, the Forest of Hope project will also raise much needed funds that will go towards treatment scholarships for young people in need. The mission of the Nikki Perlow Foundation is “to help young adults conquer the disease of drug and alcohol addiction and succeed in long-term recovery,” which is done by “providing financial, emotional and logistical support
throughout their journey.” The Foundation was established to celebrate the life of Nikki Perlow, the 21 year old daughter of Cliff and Amy Perlow who died of an accidental overdose one month shy of her 22 nd birthday. Her parents, brother, family and friends joined together to honor Nikki’s memory by former the Nikki Perlow Foundation and since its inception the foundation has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarships for young adults seeking treatment. Additionally, over the last few years, the Foundation has additionally begun initiatives into vital addiction and mental health education and prevention events for the local community.

The Forest of Hope project will also be providing a community event and picnic the evening of the event. There is also still time to donate to the project, with proceeds going towards treatment scholarships and education/prevention community events. To donate or purchase tickets to the community picnic, visit https://www.nikkiperlowfoundation.org/forest-of- hope/. More information about the Nikki Perlow Foundation can be found at www.nikkiperlowfoundation.org.

If you or someone you know is in need of help because of drug and/or alcohol abuse or addiction, please give us a call. Maryland Addiction Recovery Center offers the most comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment in the Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or your loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (410) 773-0500 or email our team at info@marylandaddictionrecovery.com. For more information on all of our drug addiction and alcohol addiction services and recovery resources, please visit our web site at www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com.

Zach Snitzer is the Corporate Director of Marketing at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center and is responsible for the business development, marketing, branding, public relations and social media strategies of the organization.