Unicorns & Polka Dots Kickoff Event

Sunday
09
Oct

Join us for an unforgettable evening of laughter, music, encouragement and education to remind us that hope is alive and well in Northeast Ohio.

Special Thanks to Our Title Sponsors:
The Swidarski Family Foundation & Onix

We’re getting real with an inspiring evening of music and comedy featuring musicians, entertainers and speakers in recovery and those affected by substance use disorder (SUD).

Light Hors d’ Oeuvres and Non-Alcoholic Beverages will be included in ticket cost
 

JoePritchard

Joe Pritchard | CEO, Pinnacle Treatment Centers
For 47 years, Joe Pritchard has helped those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) with a passion that can only come from having experienced addiction firsthand. A nationally recognized leader in SUD treatment, he works to shape how care is delivered at the federal, state and local levels through legislation, regulatory and payer initiatives. At Pinnacle Treatment Centers, Joe provides leadership and vision for 100+ facilities in eight states, ranging from inpatient detoxification and residential care to ambulatory care services and sober housing. His team provides comprehensive patient treatment and care for 35,000 patients per day.
 
 

RoseDeroia

Rose Deroia | Pharmacist & Champion for Change
A pharmacist and mother who lost her oldest son, Tommy DeRoia, to an opiate overdose in May 2016, Rose DeRoia is on a mission to educate people about the chronic, relapsing brain disease of addiction. Her charge is to end the stigma of addiction—and change lives. She has spoken throughout Ohio at universities, parishes, benefit concerts, the Cleveland Clinic and more. In addition, Rose visits rehab facilities offering families and patients hope and encouragement; and provides sober houses with welcome bags, donations and unconditional love. Rose currently serves on the board as the treasurer for Hope Town in Portage County,
 
 

AntoinetteWhitticar

Antoinette Whitticar | Director of Admissions, Stella Maris
Antoinette Whitticar is the Director of Admissions at Stella Maris with over five years of professional experience in the field of addiction and recovery. Antoinette joined Stella Maris as a Residential Assistant in 2018 in their Women’s Supportive Housing Program and later became the Women’s Supportive Housing Manager. Shortly after, Antoinette began working as a detox technician on Stella Maris’ detoxification unit until she graduated from Lorain County Community College in 2019 with an Associate Degree in Nursing with Honors. She also received her Associate Degree in Art and General Sciences from Lorain County Community College in 2019. She then became a nurse in their detoxification unit and in the admissions department until she moved to her current role as Director of Admissions in 2020.

Antoinette is a Certified American Heart Associate CPR and Basic Life Support Instructor and in 2018, she obtained her Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant Certification. In August 2016, she joined Alcoholics Anonymous and will celebrate six years of sobriety and recovery from opiates and other drugs this year. Her free time is spent gardening, riding motorcycles, traveling and being an active member in the Cleveland area recovery community.
 

SacredSons

Sacred Sons | All-Star Rock Band
Sacred Sons unites veteran musicians from various bands under a common desire: To help transform people through live music. Having struggled with and overcome their own demons, Sacred Sons plays events supporting positive causes. The lineup includes musicians from legendary bands like Korn, Train, Sevendust, Ugly Kid Joe, D.I., Killradio, and Hed P.E, plus guest performers like Moby, Bob Schneider, System of a Down, and Madonna’s band, to name a few.

Where many all-star bands are confined to an era or genre, Sacred Sons soar: They span from classic legends like Led Zeppelin, Journey, Oasis and the Beastie Boys, to alternative stars like the Killers, Incubus and Stone Temple Pilots, plus contemporary hitmakers like Eminem, the Weeknd, Twenty-One Pilots and K Flay. Funneling years of performance talent and experience, Sacred Sons makes each song uniquely their own.

 

MarkLundholm

Mark Lundholm | Comedian
“From the Street to the Stage.” That’s the journey of Mark Lundholm: Once a homeless, 120-pound criminal, addict-wino who has performed in 15 countries and all 50 United States—repeatedly. You name it. He’s done it: Mark has performed at TedX on Showtime, Comedy Central, YouTube and many more. Past presidents, current inmates, Fortune 500 companies, rehab residents, huge arenas full of comedy fans and millions of social media viewers have experienced the fast-paced, original material and sharp-tongued humor of this one-man force of nature. Mark has been clean and sober for 32 years, a star on the international comedy circuit.
 
 

Unicorns & Polka Dots is a nonprofit that helps those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) identify and implement the life skills required to thrive and live a purposeful and productive life.

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