Tickets going fast for Recovery Center concert

Ann Cousineau

Ticket sales were brisk Monday for “Love & Hope,” Hope Recov-ery Center’s first fundraiser. Excitement is building and raffle prize donations are sought to increase fundraising efforts at what looks to be a sell-out event.

The “elegant night of jazz and comedy” set for Friday, Feb. 15, is raising money to open the Hope Recovery Center of Ridgecrest. Shawn Kelly, founder and president of the center, will be there, and the gala will be held at Grace Point Church.

“We only have approximately 50 tickets left and they are moving fast!” said Lori Blowers, Hope Recovery Center volunteer. “We are still in need of personal and/or business donations for raffle prizes.”

“I’ve fallen in love with Ridgecrest,” Kelly told the audience of a well-attended “Life Lessons” seminar at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital last week. The concept of launching a Hope Recovery Center in Ridgecrest came about after he spoke at a friend’s church, Ridgecrest Calvary Assembly Church. “Within minutes of that talk, a building was donated for us to bring a center here.”

The Hope Recovery Center is the topic of a steady stream of Kelly’s speaking engagements. Kelly shares his story of recovery and restoration wherever he’s asked to speak.

Kelly believes that every community needs a recovery center. From Day 1, he planned for this faith-based, nonprofit organization to be expandable with multiple locations. The centers depend solely on donations and receive no state or federal funding.

Kelly founded the first Hope Recovery Center two years ago, following his heart for helping people with hurts, habits and addictions. Although the Ridgecrest location is not officially open yet, nearly 30 people participated in the first small group meeting that was held on Feb. 1.

“The vibe in the room was welcoming and we were a bunch a people from different backgrounds but shared the love and hope of Jesus Christ. The format of the night and what was read and the structure of questions were done very well, really gave us some meat to chew on. The couple [Shawn and Stacey Kelly] is a blessing to this town and their mission,” said participant Holly Murray.

“The evening flowed and the structure brought much balance to a very positive ending with such a high attendance giving a praise report in closing. It was very organized and the presence of God was there. We started the evening with a couple of songs and read from our Word. It’s a blessing to be a part of something as it gets started and watch it develop.”

The next group session is scheduled for Feb. 22, and the goal is for the meetings to continue every Friday night after that.

“Love & Hope” will feature seasoned jazz musician Vaughn Fahie and band. Cizzle C, the “Prince of Clean Comedy,” will contribute his special brand of clean family fun.

Tickets for the event are $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Only 200 tickets will be sold.

The ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres donated by Gary Charlon of State Farm, desserts provided by the Swap Sheet and a candy bar sponsored by Otto’s Electrical Services.

So far, raffle donations have come in from Annie’s Artistry ($240 gift certificate), Jewelry To Go ($100 gift certificate), Scentsy by Lori Blowers, Thirty One by Kim Foisy, Purple Lily Handbags by Sue Davis, Mary Kay by Lori Roberts, anonymous donor (turkey fryer and oil), Carriage Inn ($50 gift certificate for Charlie’s), and Jack and Jill will also donate a prize.

“The raffle tickets will be $3 each or two for $5,” said Blowers. “We are still in need of personal and/or business donations for raffle prizes.” For more information call her at 760-495-2173. Tickets are at The Bread of Life and Red Rock Books.

To request Shawn Kelly to speak at a church or community meeting in Ridgecrest, or for more details, call his office at 951-603-0031.

To make online donations or find information about the center, visit www.hoperecoverycenterinc.org.

Story First Published: 2013-02-06