2022 Holiday Networking Luncheon and Toy Drive


     The annual Holiday Networking Luncheon and Toy Drive was founded 18 years ago by a group of treatment providers and clinicians as a way to get together to kick off the holidays. Now the event has grown from just six people in attendance to hundreds, each of whom brings a new toy for a child’s Christmas gift.


     This year’s luncheon and toy drive will be held Monday, December 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. Toys will be donated to children via Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and First Responders of Mississippi (FROM).


     The event also honors Difference Makers and Champions in Recovery. This year’s award recipients are author David Magee and Judge Carlyn Hicks (Difference Makers), and Rob McKinley, Glen Collins, Mart McMullan and Bonnie Bridgers Smith (Champions in Recovery).


     Admission is free. The only requirements are to register at bit.ly/2022HOLNET and to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event.


     “We have treatment providers and individuals who are our hosts, and each attendee will receive a bag full of resources to take back to their practice. Providers come from all over the country to participate each year,” said event organizer Ruth Ann Rigby.


     “(This is) a tradition that leaves a footprint in our community. We honor everyone who works on a daily basis to help those struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse and trauma.”


     Sponsorships are available from $250 to $1,500. For more information, email info@firstrespondersofms.com or visit bit.ly/2022HOLNET


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