The third annual Telling Oxford fundraiser is coming back to The Powerhouse on October 16th, and will feature former Oxford based singer-songwriter, Adrian Dickey, telling the story of his road to recovery.
“It really kinda sparked form an idea a graduate assistant of mine in wellness education,” Erin Cromeans, Assistant Director of Wellness Education at Ole Miss said. “She had attended an event on the coast for veterans in the military who were returning from war and telling their stories around their life and what that looked like for them and it really just kind of sparked the idea of, you know, storytelling.”
The events main goal is aimed at raising money for scholarships for those involved in the Collegiate Recovery Center, which it has done exponentially better each year.
“In terms of scholarship funds from the first year to the second year, we doubled the amount of scholarships raised,” Cromeans said. “And this year before it has even started we have raised double what we did last year so I’m hopeful that all in all we have about 10,000 dollars.”
The money raised may be the concrete goal of the event, however, the storytelling aspect of Telling Oxford can help those in recovery know that they are not alone in their struggles, and that they have local organizations to aid them in their recovery.
“Storytelling is very powerful in recovery and substance abuse in general and most people are affected or touched by it in someway,” Cromeans said.
This is the first year that there is a music element being added to the event. Adrian Dickey will be sharing his story of addiction through song, and introducing each new speaker after his song.
“This is where his (Adrian Dickey) addiction began so he felt it only fitting to come back and tell his story of recovery in Oxford,” Cromeans said.
Brian Whisenant, Community Relations Representative for the Oxford Treatment Center is excited for the upcoming event and hopes that it continues to grow as it has each year.
“This is a true community event at which we hope to draw attention to the needs of the Collegiate Recovery Community as well as continue to further break the stigma that is often attached to substance use disorders.,” Whisenant said.