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Step Up for Recovery charity stair climb

The Loop is no longer the only place to go to take on a vertical challenge for a good cause as PEER Services brings its first annual charity stair climb, Step Up for Recovery, to downtown Evanston’s Orrington Plaza  on Sunday, Nov. 15.

At 20 stories high, Orrington Plaza is the tallest office building between Chicago and Milwaukee.

Developed in response to cuts in state funding due to Illinois’ fiscal crisis, Step Up for Recovery hopes to raise awareness of addiction as a critical health issue, build support for individuals living in recovery and raise much-needed funds to provide treatment scholarships for individuals in need.

“This is more than a fundraiser”, explained lifelong Evanston resident and PEER Services Board member Meredith Selway. “We are really looking forward to bringing the community together to honor individuals living courageous lives in recovery. It is our goal to get to the place where our culture celebrates individuals who achieve five years of sobriety similarly to the way we celebrate an individual being cancer-free for five years!”

As for many non-profits, the past months have been challenging for PEER Services as they await definitive answers regarding the state budget. Yet, in spite of the uncertainties, PEER has not cut back on services and remains optimistic. “We are moved by the positive response of the community to this event. People are coming together to ensure that individuals struggling with addiction have access to treatment despite state funding cuts to addiction prevention and treatment,” reported Evanston resident and PEER board member, Geoff Cochran.

Onsite registration is welcome. Fees are $25 per adult, $15 for ages 18 and younger and $100 for a five-person team; registration information is available at PEER Services’ website.

Those to can't attend the event on Sunday are encourage to donate to the treatment scholarship fund by visting www.crowdrise.com/StepUpforRecovery. PEER Services is 501(c)3 charitable organization that has been providing community-based prevention and treatment since 1975. Proceeds from this event will provide treatment scholarships for teens and adults. Donations are tax-deductible.

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