Purple in the Park event set for June 16

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More than 10 churches have partnered for an inaugural Talbot Goes Purple outreach event next month in Easton, with family fun and education on standing up against substance abuse.

The free event, called Purple in the Park, is scheduled from 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at Idlewild Park in Easton. Along with information on Talbot Goes Purple, the event is set to include lots of family fun including face painting, corn hole, fire trucks, a giant sling shot water balloon contest, free food and music. Talbot County Sheriff’s deputies also will attend with K-9 demonstrations.

Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble will kick-off the event with updates on the project and how the community can stay involved.

“It’s really important for us to continue to educate our families about the drug epidemic,” said Gamble. “Purple in the Park is a great opportunity to learn, have fun and interact with those who protect and serve the community.”

Purple in the Park is organized by a coalition of churches, united as Talbot Prays – a movement of prayer teams mobilized in support of Talbot Goes Purple. JoAnn Muller, of New Hope for Women, last year partnered with Gamble to mobilize the faith community in support of Talbot Goes Purple. Muller has spearheaded the upcoming Purple in the Park event, which she hopes encourages the community to continue supporting the movement.

“This is the very best of what community looks like – everyone pulling together to make Talbot County go purple,” said Muller.

Purple in the Park is particularly geared toward young people, with a purple youth rally scheduled on June 2 to get the kids excited for the event. If you’d like more information on the rally or Purple in the Park, please contact Muller at 215-806-4647.

An initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Talbot Goes Purple empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.

Talbot Goes Purple is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of the Herren Project that helps people struggling with drug dependencies. Former NBA player Chris Herren founded both projects after speaking to a high school about his struggles with drug dependency.

More information on Talbot Goes Purple is available at www.talbotgoespurple.org. Find us on Facebook @TalbotGoesPurple or contact us at talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

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