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Steve Grant speaking at the 2017 Transformation Breakfast

August 6, 2017 6 PM- 7 PM

Steve Grant - guest on "The
First Step with Judge David Watkins"

The show aired on WGAC 95.1 FM, WGAC 580 AM and could be heard on the internet at www.wgac.com.

 


Steve Grant speaking at the 2017 Transformation BreakfastThe Family Effects 2017 8th Annual Transformation Breakfast
Greenville, SC

Steve shared his personal story this morning at the 2017 Transformational Breakfast. Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation is a proud sponsor of this event.

The Transformation Breakfast is a magnificent hour of food, music and inspiration.  It’s a gathering of people and stories, with smart ideas and optimism.  It’s a celebration of what works- for kids, for South Carolina, and the nation. 

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Ashville, NC Rotary Breakfast Club
January 11, 2017

Steve spoke this morning at The Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club about Chris and Kelly's HOPE. Thank you for the opportunity. Chris and Kelly's HOPE made a gift to First Contact Ministries in honor of the Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Paramus, NJ Rotary Club Luncheon Meeting
December 15, 2016

Steve spoke about Chris and Kelly's HOPE at the Paramus Rotary Club in Paramus NJ.

 


 

 


Children's and Family Services, Paramus NJ
November 14, 2016

Steve spoke at Children's and Family Services in Paramus NJ. They are a multi faceted agency where addiction services are available. Steve presented a them with a check in honor of Paramus High Class of 1976.


Paramus High School, Paramus NJ
November 7, 2016

Spoke this morning at my alma mater Paramus High School to the class of 2017 about Chris and Kelly's HOPE. Honored to be back after 40 years.

 


Child's Aid and Family Services of Bergen County in Fair Lawn NJ
November 6, 2016

Steve spoke to Child's Aid and Family Services of Bergen County's first graduating class of "Recovery Coaches" in Fair Lawn NJ.


Northwest Middle School in Travelers Rest for Red Ribbon Week
October 28, 2016

Steve spoke in a live broadcast from the media center at Northwest Middle School in Travelers Rest SC to their 800 students for Red Ribbon Week.


Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC in Charleston SC.
Monday, October, 24, 2016

Steve presented in Charleston SC at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. CDAP is one of 13 programs around the Country dedicated to the study of the science of addiction.


Greenville Tech Charter School

Wednesday and Thursday, October 19th and 20th, 2016

Steve was honored to speak to the senior and freshman class at the Greenville Tech Charter school. What a great group of students - thank you for the opportunity!


FAVOR Greenville (Faces and Voices of Recovery)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Steve spoke to the Monday night meeting at FAVOR Greenville (Faces and Voices of Recovery). A standing room only group of concerned adults who come together to share their family's story of addiction in an effort to help others who are experiencing the same problem.


 

Announcing the creation of the Collegiate Recovery Program at College of Charleston

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Steve Grant was honored to speak to supporters, administrators and friends of The College of Charleston Recovery Campus Program. Special thanks to Steve Pulley and John Nix.

The CRP will provide students dealing with alcohol and/or drug addiction with resources and support to continue and maintain recovery.

 


Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County

Youth Board Speaker
Friday, August 14, 2015 from 11:30-12:30

Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County provides affordable and accessible prevention, intervention, and treatment services to the residents of Pickens county.

BHS is committed to meeting the needs of clients and believes that all persons have worth and dignity regardless of their legal, emotional, or socio-economic status. For individuals to reach their full potential, there must be a harmonious blend of all the components of wellness: emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health.

 

 

 

 


White Horse Academy Family Excellence Weekend

Sunday, July 25, 2015

Steve Grant spoke this morning at The White Horse Academy to start off their Family Excellence Weekend. A great group of parents who have made the decision to support their son as he begins drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

975 Foothills Road
Greenville, SC
864-371-1280
http://www.phoenixcenter.org


First Contact Family Support Group

Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 6:30 PM

First Contact Family Support Group, a group for family members of those struggling with drug / alcohol addiction. Meets in Room A203 on Tuesday’s from 6:30-7:30 pm.
For more information call Craig 828-699-0161
Mud Creek Baptist Church
403 Rutledge Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739


University of Nevada, Reno – Joe Crowley Student Union

6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – Friday, May 29, 2015,

Closing Keynote: Steve Grant, Father and Founder, Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation

Wednesday, May, 29th at 3:30 pm
Reno, Nevada

Update: Steve was the key note speaker for the 6th Annual Recovery Collegiate conference.

http://recoverycampus.com/r-h-e-conference-huge-sucesss/
The 6th annual Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) Conference in Reno, Nevada this past May 27-29th was the largest and most successful to date with over 325 students, CRC staff, faculty, educators, parents, therapists and counselors in attendance. The University of Nevada’s Collegiate Recovery team (NRAP) of Meri Shadley, Daniel Fred and Jordan Fugate put together an incredible cast of presenters including David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, White House Office of Drug Control Policy, the witty Director for the Study of Addictions and Recovery Alexandre Laudet, the highly respected Kevin McCauley Co-founder of the Institute of Addiction Study, THE face and voice of recovery, Tom Coderre, Presidential Advisor to SAMHSA,  and Steve Grant father and founder of Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation.


Greenville County Medical Society Alliance (GCMSA)

Steve was thankful for the opportunity to speak to the Greenville County Medical Society Alliance (GCMSA) about Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation. Thank you Suzanne Manning for arranging the talk and helping us make others aware of the great things we are doing.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Greenville, SC


Mauldin High School's "Change Attitudes Now" CAN club

Steve spoke to 60 students at Mauldin High School's CAN club..."Change Attitudes Now". The group is made up of students who have committed to be role models for other students. Their focus and mission is to be examples of students who have made the choice to have a life style that is free of drugs and alcohol. Thank you to their school leader Mrs Brooks.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Maudlin, SC


Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday Breakfast Meeting

Steve was honored today to speak to the Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday breakfast meeting about Chris and Kelly's HOPE. 75 great Rotarians led by his good friend John McAleer.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Charleson, SC


Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday Breakfast Meeting

Steve was honored today to speak to the Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday breakfast meeting about Chris and Kelly's HOPE. 75 great Rotarians led by his good friend John McAleer.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Charleson, SC


B93.7 FM
30 minute interview with Heidi Aiken

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Asheville, NC


Rotary Club of Asheville

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Asheville, NC


North Greenville Rotary Club

Friday, June 20, 2014
Greenville, SC


Sea Island Rotary Club

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Beaufort, SC
Click here to read the club's letter of thanks.


2014 Annual Northwestern Mutual Meeting in Charlotte, NC

At the 2014 annual Northwestern Mutual Charlotte General Agency Recognition Lunch, Steve shared his story with some 300 of his peers and received a standing ovation after his 30 minute presentation.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Charlotte, NC


Steve GrantGreenville Tech Charter School

Steve Grant had the privilege today to speak to 400 upper class students at Greenville Tech Charter School about Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation. Thank you to Jean Shew and Mimi Watson for the opportunity.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Greenville, SC


Greenville County Medical Society Alliance (GCMSA)

Steve was thankful for the opportunity to speak to the Greenville County Medical Society Alliance (GCMSA) about Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation. Thank you Suzanne Manning for arranging the talk and helping us make others aware of the great things we are doing.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Greenville, SC


Mauldin High School's "Change Attitudes Now" CAN club

Steve spoke to 60 students at Mauldin High School's CAN club..."Change Attitudes Now". The group is made up of students who have committed to be role models for other students. Their focus and mission is to be examples of students who have made the choice to have a life style that is free of drugs and alcohol. Thank you to their school leader Mrs Brooks.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Maudlin, SC


Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday Breakfast Meeting

Steve was honored today to speak to the Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday breakfast meeting about Chris and Kelly's HOPE. 75 great Rotarians led by his good friend John McAleer.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Charleson, SC


Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday Breakfast Meeting

Steve was honored today to speak to the Downtown Charleston Rotary Friday breakfast meeting about Chris and Kelly's HOPE. 75 great Rotarians led by his good friend John McAleer.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Charleson, SC


B93.7 FM
30 minute interview with Heidi Aiken

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Asheville, NC


Rotary Club of Asheville

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Asheville, NC


North Greenville Rotary Club

Friday, June 20, 2014
Greenville, SC


Sea Island Rotary Club

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Beaufort, SC
Click here to read the club's letter of thanks.


2014 Annual Northwestern Mutual Meeting in Charlotte, NC

At the 2014 annual Northwestern Mutual Charlotte General Agency Recognition Lunch, Steve shared his story with some 300 of his peers and received a standing ovation after his 30 minute presentation.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Charlotte, NC

Press/News Articles

Coming Soon! - August 6, 2017
Steve will be a guest on The First Step with Judge David Watkins.

Judge Watkins is in charge of the Accountability Court of Richmond County which oversees individuals who have been charged with 2 or more DU l's and arrest of misdemeanor marijuana charges. The First Step Radio show is a show dedicated to helping individuals and family members determine if they need to take the first step in getting help for addiction of drugs or alcohol. Each Sunday night from 6pm-7pm Judge Watkins interviews people who are dealing with addiction issues, family members of addicts and experts in the field of addiction. The show airs on WGAC 95.1 FM, WGAC 580 AM and can be heard on the internet at www.wgac.com.

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(coming soon)

Two reasons to fight opioid abuse in SC: Upstate man who lost both his sons speaks
July 13, 2017

As South Carolina state lawmakers travel and hold public hearings for input on cracking the opioid epidemic, one father who lost two of his sons to drug overdoses is speaking out.  

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Steve Grant is a recipient of the company’s 2017 Community Service Awards -
June 7, 2017

Northwestern Mutual celebrates volunteer work with $15,000 grant to Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, will present Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation with a $15,000 grant on behalf of Steve Grant, a recipient of the company’s Community Service Awards.

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Father commits to fighting addiction and preventing overdoses - May 31, 2017
Grant takes special interest in MUSC’s focus on the science of addiction, the way the center treats alcohol and drug abuse as a condition of the brain and not a lifestyle choice. “I like their mission,” he said, “and I like that they’re on the road talking to people.”

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WYFF News 4's Myra Ruiz
How will golf and the cool stuff sitting on the table help save lives? Click below to hear more from theGreenville Family Partnership and Steve Grant, founder of the Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation, about the annual 2017 Red Ribbon Golf Classic!

 

Posted by WYFF News 4's Myra Ruiz on Sunday, April 23, 2017

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A Legacy of Hope - November 15, 2016
by Ron Wagner '93, Senior Contributing Writer

Steve Grant ’80 doesn’t shy away from telling the story, and you know the ending before it starts. Still, when he’s finished no response seems possible.

“My first son died in 2005 in October, which was not unexpected per se. We had done basically five rehabs, hundreds of thousands of dollars, different schools, and nothing seemed to work for any length of time,” Grant says. “So him passing away in the house was unfortunate, but it wasn’t the punch in the gut that my second son gave us in 2010 when he died of a heroin overdose after being addicted for eight months.” Read complete article.

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Dabo's All In Team Foundation - November 2, 2016

Chris and Kelly' HOPE received $5,000 from Dabo and Kathleen Swinney's "All In" Foundation.

The money will be used to support Recovery Campus Programs at C of C and Clemson and to support MUSC' s Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs.

 

 

Furman News - October 4, 2016

The Recruits:

Furman alumni:
Mark Clary ’91, Jay Hatten ’01, Dave Ellison ’72, Steve Grant ’80, and Don Clardy ’91

When Dave Ellison ’72 and Steve Grant ’80 began building a Northwestern Mutual office nearly four decades ago in Greenville, the first and most important task was finding employees with the drive and confidence to start from the ground up. Luckily, they knew just where to look—right up the road at their alma mater.

“I’ve always felt that college athletes were good prospects for this because they’ve needed to have coaching,” Ellison said. “If they got to become an NCAA athlete, they were achievers. They’ve had to work hard at something, and this business requires hard work.”

Ellison and Grant would know. A standout tennis player under legendary coach Paul Scarpa, Ellison was elected to the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, while Grant was a two-time baseball team captain playing for Tom Wall. Over the years, Ellison’s recruiting efforts have produced a steady supply of Paladins at what now ranks as the fifth-largest Northwestern Mutual branch in the country. Read more.

 

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State's football coaches gather for charitable cause
Mandrallius Robinson, Sports Columnist 7:43 a.m. EDT July 27, 2016

In about a month, Furman University’s Bruce Fowler and Wofford College’s Mike Ayers will begin another struggle for position in the Southern Conference. They will contend with South Carolina State’s Buddy Pough and The Citadel’s Brent Thompson for spots in the playoffs. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp will open another quest for championships and bragging rights.

However, on Tuesday night, the coaches suspended their rivalries and shared the same stage, because they all share the same stance on goodwill.

Six of the state’s Division I head coaches participated in South Carolina Coaches for Charity at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville. The annual event was initiated seven years ago by South Carolina native and former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry.

In addition to their respective schools, the coaches raised awareness and funds for their sponsored charities. The causes included Chris and Kelly’s Hope which assists adolescents and young adults who struggle with substance abuse, addiction and depression, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center and Dabo’s All-In Team Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and educational enrichment programs. ...read more

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Greenville Journal - July 22, 2016

Heroin's New Face

As the drugs have gotten deadlier, addiction continues its spread into the suburbs...

 

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Clemson’s Heisman Hopeful DeShaun Watson Joins Seventh Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity

Chris and Kelly's HOPE is proud to be the charity of choice for Furman football coach Bruce Fowler.

Greenville, SC (July 8, 2016) ­– Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson, who finished third in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting, will be honored during the Seventh Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville. Over 300 guests from across the state will be in attendance.

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Chronicale: Chasing The High - Three Part Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. — WYFF 4's Chronicle investigated the nationwide epidemic that has moved right here in our own neighborhoods.

Chronicle: Chasing the High focused on the serious health problem of drug addiction and its impact on families and communities. The special investigated how heroin has made a comeback among drug users, and what may surprise many is that it has become a drug of choice in middle class neighborhoods.

During the show, and for an hour after, an expert in the WYFF 4 newsroom answered your questions through an online chat. 

Rich Jones is executive director of FAVOR Greenville. The name stands for Faces And Voices Of Recovery.

Steve Grant, founder of Chris Kelly HOPE is interviewed in Part 4.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Look Back: Expert answeres questions during live chat

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Father's loss inspires mission to save lives with Steve Grant

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


The father of two young men who died from drug addiction hopes to help other parents avoid the same tragedy.

 

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Paramus' Steve Grant Turns Heartache Into Help For Those With Addiction

by Chris Langone

05/19/16
PARAMUS, N.J. – Steve Grant was a father of two well-rounded young boys until they both died of drug overdoses five years apart. The Paramus native used his tragedy to establish the Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation, which provides financial support to programs that treat teens and young adults who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.

“I've always helped people, I've always been supportive and I've always been a giver,” said Grant, who launched the non-profit organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for programs helping kids combat addiction.

Grant recognized the signs of addiction in his oldest son, Chris, who at 21-years-old was struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. The father sought treatment, which resulted in thousands of dollars of resources including rehab, therapy and private schools. Unfortunately, Chris could not be saved. Read the full article online.

 

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Steve Grant discussing the Red Ribbon Classic WYFFF News 4's Myra Ruiz

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A day on the golf course aims at saving lives from drugs. The Red Ribbon Classic to benefit the Chris & Kelly HOPE Foundation and the Greenville Family Partnership takes place May 22 & 23. Select to learn more.

 

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University moving toward recovery support for students

By April A. Morris , Published: January 21, 2016

When Steve Grant, founder of Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation, told an acquaintance that he had been hoping to receive the degree his son Kelly had been working on at College of Charleston, it was spoken in passing.

Grant had lost Kelly to drug addiction in 2010 just short of graduation; and just five years before, his son Chris had died from the same cause.

Grant launched Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation in 2012 to support addiction treatment programs for adolescents and young adults, including the White Horse Academy treatment facility for teenagers.

Grant had been talking with Steve Pulley, a 28-year-old student at Medical University of South Carolina, who was in long-term recovery from addiction. Grant had connected with Pulley while he was working with programs to support students in recovery.

“I had commented that I regretted not getting Kelly’s degree,” Grant said, and was surprised when Pulley “called me two weeks before Christmas and said College of Charleston was going to award Kelly’s degree.” He traveled to Charleston Dec. 22 to pick up the degree.

“Kelly was a good student and in good standing. It was a great Christmas present,” he said.

In addition to raising funds for Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation, Grant is involved in helping launch the College of Charleston Collegiate Recovery Program.

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College recovery

Steve Grant learned from Steve Pulley about campus recovery programs that support students recovering from addiction. Pulley completed a Ride 4 Recovery fundraiser in 2014, cycling 3,133 miles across the country in 57 days to mark his long-term recovery and benefit his alma mater Georgia Southern University’s Center for Addiction Recovery.

College of Charleston is in the early stages of a Collegiate Recovery Program with the support of the administration, Pulley said. When launched, it will be the first in the state, he said. Nationwide, more than 100 programs support students, including Penn State’s on-campus program and Vanderbilt University’s recovery housing.

The peer-to-peer support offered by these programs is essential and effective, and the programs can also attract out-of-state students, he said. Pulley is now a Medical University of South Carolina doctoral student studying physical therapy. He said he never would have made it to where he is now without the Georgia Southern program.

“It gives college students in recovery the chance to succeed and pursue their dreams,” he said. 


Pictured left to right: Dr. Brian McGee, Provost, Glenn McConnell, JD, President and Steve Grant

Steve receiving his son, Kelly’s, College of Charleston diploma posthumously on December 22, 2015.Kelly earned 117 of the 122 credits needed for his Bachelors of Science in Psychology when he died.

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Steve Grant has been named the 2015 "Community Volunteer Leader"

August 29, 2015

Steve Grant has been named the 2015 "COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LEADER" for the State of South Carolina by the South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration. Steve will receive his award on September 25th at the Governor's mansion in Columbia SC.

 

Ribbon Cutting for Serenity Village at Serenity Place

August 19, 2015 was the Ribbon Cutting for Serenity Village at Serenity Place. Chris and Kelly's HOPE supports financially both Serenity Place and The White Horse Academy through gifts to The Family Effect. Today's Ceremony opened 3 houses for transitional extended living for women who have completed treatment along with their children. Houses were donated by The ScanSource Foundation, the All In Foundation and the Family Effect Board.

 

Chris and Kelly HOPE was a proud recipient at the Dabo's All In Team Foundation 2014 Grant Awards Luncheon

November 12, 2014
Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation received a generous grant from Clemson Football head coach Dabo Swinney and his wife Kathleen from their "All In Team" Foundation. Their Foundation has changed lives for the better and will help Chris and Kelly's HOPE continue our mission to help adolescents and young adults who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.

 

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New Park gives recovering addicts a chance to heal - WYFF4.com
April 23, 2014
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Steve Grant received the Upstate Philanthropic Achievement of the Year Award at The 2013 National Philanthropy Day® Awards Luncheon
November 21, 2013
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HOPE Foundation on WYFF News - Red Ribbon Event Preview
October 19, 2013 - 7am Morning News
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Swinney Foundation Helps Moms Battling Addiction
(August 20, 2013- news via Greenville Online.com)
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Serenity Place Expanding to Serve More Women With Addictions
(August 20, 2013- news via Greenville Online.com)
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Press Release: Coaches Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney highlight “Fourth Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity”
(July 2013)
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Chris and Kelly's HOPE
Featured in the Community Foundation of Greenville 2013 Report to the Community/ 2012 Annual Report

(July 2013)
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TALK Greenville, A Father's Hope
Written by Chris Worthy | Photographed by David Poleski

(May 31, 2013)
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Greenville Journal, Fighting Addiction
FAVOR seeks to give voice to those in recovery

(May 16, 2013)
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Greenville News, Happy Birthday Memorial
(May 12, 2013)
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Why Montford Hall

(Oct 1, 2014)
Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions - A.D.H.D
(February 2, 2013- news via NY Times)
 
FAVOR Greenville Welcomes New Executive Director
(January 15, 2013- news via FAVOR)
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Brian's Wish Featured Pledge at President Clinton's Second Annual Health Matters
(January 9, 2013- news via Brian's Wish)
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Ben O'Hanlan honored with the Philanthropic Spirit Award
(November 1, 2012 - news via The Family Effect)
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Greenville Journal - Out of Tragedy, Hope
(April 20, 2012)
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Southern Fried Skeletons, a novel by Ellen R. Rigby
Dedicated to Chris and Kelly
(September 23, 2012)
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Rising Above with John O'Leary - Radio Show MP3
(September 12, 2012)
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Greenville Journal - Chris and Kelly's HOPE Making Great Strides
(August 17, 2012)
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