EoE was created to foster engagement amongst friends and family while supporting the area we call home. While there are many wonderful events and fundraisers that take place in Southeastern CT and RI, we are passionate about bringing something different that not only supports a charity but also lends a message to each and every one of us: Life is precious!
The importance of recognition and gratitude for the people and experiences in our lives is often taken for granted until something happens. Over the past years, we have seen terrors in our nation’s schools, hatred brought into our homes and violence contributing to a very anxious way of living.
EoE is about dropping differences, woes and worries to truly celebrate each other and unite us. One evening to embrace our friends and loved ones, our historic community, our local one of a kind businesses, and the special feel our ocean community brings.
This inaugural event and experience will be built by you! You take part in influencing this and future events and in creating a legacy of laughter while supporting an annual charity close to our hearts.
EoE is committed to growing organically year after year. Our vision is to hold this annual event throughout Southeastern CT and RI showcasing the many beautiful sites and gathering places we have as well as the businesses that support us all. Our charity may change every year, but it will be one that is local. We are hopeful that this annual event will deliver not only financial support to those in need, but also moments to celebrate the people in your lives, priceless relationships that you cherish and reflect for years to come and create memories while celebrating and giving selflessly.
EoE Charity of Choice: Community Speaks Out
Community Speaks Out (CSO) is organized and operated to assist families through the process of getting addicted-family members into treatment through financial and logistical assistance, and to foster community support, awareness, and education on addiction and addiction prevention for those 18 years and older. Since 2016, they have helped over 300 into recovery, working with the entire family from intake until completion of their program.
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since the collection of this type of federal mortality data started in 1999 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
CSO was founded in 2016 by four New London County residents in response to the lack of a support system in the community for families facing opioid/heroin addiction. For more information visit Community Speaks Out website.