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Friday, December 29, 2017

Are You Ready For The First Big Party Of 2018?

You are invited to the first biggest and best party of 2018.

The fifth annual 80s Throwback Party to benefit Brighton Center Recovery Center for Women will be Saturday, February 3rd from 8 p.m to 1 a.m. at the Highland Country Club.

With last year's party bringing in 350 attendees, this year's promises to top that with more space, more fun and lots of big hair. For only $25, you can help local women who are facing one of the biggest issues in our community today - the heroin epidemic

Katie Walters of Q102 and co-host of the event, alongside Fort Thomas Matters' Mark Collier, said, "Not only are more facilities and beds needed, the current ones need constant support to keep up with the demand. When I started this party five years ago, I never thought the epidemic would be worse five years later, but it is.

As a Brighton Center Board Member, I personally met the ladies at Brighton Recovery for Women (BRC) and the center’s director, Anita Prater. I loved their desire to change their lives and overcome heroin addiction and realized that they are women just like you and me. I innately felt that I needed to bring awareness to the BRC and help them in one way or another. The 80s Throwback Party is the only event that financially benefits the BRC, and I’m super proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in the last four years."

Walters said the party is a "full circle party" which she loves. The women from the BRC help set up the entire party with the volunteers and her the day of the event. At lunchtime, the Highland Country Club donates lunch to the ladies, and they all sit at one big table and talk stories and life.

"It’s a great bonding experience," said Walters.

Highland Country Club GM Dan Schlarman always makes sure that the ladies are taken care of and feel special during the lunch

"I greatly appreciate of everything Dan has done over the last four years and for the Club always stepping up and supporting the cause. When it comes to beating the heroin epidemic, we’re all in it together, Walters added.

Collier said he first got involved with co-hosting this party with Katie in 2013.

"Then, the heroin epidemic was bad. I saw it firsthand through covering the shift from the collateral damage of who and how it was affecting people. It’s now a full-blown national epidemic and northern Kentucky is ground zero, said Collier, Publisher of Living Magazines and Fort Thomas Matters.

The Recovery Center for Women in Florence has a model that’s working. We need more facilities like this in Northern Kentucky to start to make a dent in what this epidemic has done to our communities. If we can help shed light on the success of these programs and raise money during a fun party, everyone should get on board for that."

This year's sponsors include: Q102, Fort Thomas Matters, Mix 94.9, Highland Country Club, Gregory Neal, Bryan and Kimberly Carlisle, Doug and Cecily Fassler, Hamilton Digital (Fred Hamilton & Julie Klare), Adam Blau and Judge Cameron Blau, Heidelberg Distributing Co. (Lyndsey Longshore), Ultimate Air Shuttle, Fort Thomas Florists & Greenhouses, Hofbrauhaus Newport, Artistry Landscaping (Jeff Dapper), National Band & Tag Co., Dobbling- Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Homes, Dave and Nannette Hammond, Penn Station, Putting for Parkinson’s (Scott & Joy Layman), Tracy Davis State Farm and 25 Again by Body Shapes Medical.

The Leftovers Band will be opening for headliner Q102's DJ Mark McFadden who will be spinning his original sets from The Conservatory, Waterfront and The Glass Menagerie

$25 includes a drink ticket, food, free parking, auction, 80s raffles and an optional open bar upgrade for $30 at the door.

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