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Rise Together to present program at Brodhead community event
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BRODHEAD - Better Brodhead is excited to bring the nationally renowned Rise Together team to the third annual Community Supper event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Brodhead High School Auditeria.

The Community Supper is an opportunity to have a free meal with friends, neighbors and community leaders and to be part of a community discussion on local issues. This year's meal is a free taco bar.

Rise Together is an educational presentation that uses personal stories, music and testimonials to provide education and awareness on community issues including substance abuse, addiction, self-harm, bullying and suicidal tendencies. The Rise Together program is meant for all community members, not just for people and families dealing with addictions.

Beginning in January, Rise Together joined forces with the Young People in Recovery (YPR) team, merging their secondary school and community speaking programs and increasing the capacity of both organizations to more efficiently serve the needs of youth and create recovery-ready communities. Since its inception, Rise Together has impacted over 100,000 students at 150 schools across the Midwest, and together with YPR, aims to reach over 250,000 students at 350 schools by the end of 2017.

The program is made possible by support from the following area community organizations and businesses: Brodhead School District; Brodhead Area Foundation Inc.; Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center; Greenwoods State Bank; Jeremy and Stephanie Pinnow; Brodhead Chevrolet; Alfred and Lois Kelch Aviation Museum Inc.; Frito-Lay; Inkworks Inc.; and Kristin Mitchell Design Inc.