Rally for Recovery – Shown, front row from left, are Dave Goodwin ’10; Ryan Spangler ’15; Hunter Kibler ’16; Brittany Bickhart ’17; Dr. Katie Ely, criminal justice faculty and department chair; Kaylyn Walker ’16; Amanda Herr, student intern; and Alexa O’Connell ’18. And back row from left, are James Fedele ’17, and Larisha Williamson ’06.
On October 6, Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow hosted a Rally for Recovery to promote awareness and raise money for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This was the third year that the Rally for Recovery was held at Riverview Park in Lock Haven.
Clinton County Adult Probation Services also helped to coordinate the event. A number of Lock Haven University graduates from the criminal justice program are employed with this agency, and there are criminal justice student-interns at the probation office each semester.
Dr. Katie Ely, chair of the criminal justice department, attended the event and walked the 5K course. LHU alumna and probation officer Brittany Bickhart ’17, and current student and probation intern Amanda Herr, ran the 5K. Dave Goodwin ’10, and Kaylyn Walker ’17, helped to plan and coordinate the event, along with help from other LHU alumni who work for Clinton County Probation.
Ely and Dr. Ed Bowman, criminal justice professor, regularly work with the Clinton County Criminal Justice Advisory Board on initiatives related to treatment for addicted offenders and wanted to support the event.
The event raised money for a worthy cause and drew an estimated 120 participants with about 50 participating in the 5K walk/run.
“It was a great opportunity to show support for the community and to recognize individuals who are recovering from addiction,” Ely said. “It was also a great opportunity to connect with Lock Haven University graduates who are now working in our local criminal justice agencies.”
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