Darryl Strawberry
Darryl Strawberry

VAN WERT — The Niswonger is teaming with the Van Wert County Ministerial Association, who is working with Harvest Recovery Ministries and the Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, to bring Epidemic Of Hope to the region. Darryl Strawberry, four-time World Series champion, eight-time All Star, New York Mets Hall of Famer and founder of Strawberry Ministries, will be coming to Northwest Ohio to headline the Epidemic of Hope Weekend focusing on the Tri-County area.

The Tri-County Main Event will be held on Sunday, April 15 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. At 4 p.m., Darryl Strawberry will be speaking with areawide youth about the epidemic opiate crisis facing youth and their families today. The main event will be at 7 p.m. Darryl and his wife Tracey will present “Finding Your Way” by sharing their powerful, cutting edge testimonies. Their stories will educate, enlighten, equip and bring hope and awareness to the crushing effects of addiction on our communities.

Area attendees will hear inspiring stories of hope and opportunity while learning practical and proven methods to become a part of the solution. The team will share experience and best practices to educate attendees with ways to engage our whole communities to bring hope back to those overwhelmed by drug abuse, addiction and overdose.

It is the belief of these cooperating organizations and ministries that communities will only survive and prosper if we face this evil darkness together. The theme of this weekend of events is that We are Better Together, than alone. The epidemic of addiction is the number one issue facing our area economically, socially and spiritually. The Epidemic of Hope Weekend is the beginning of turning the tide as we unite together to impact our communities. Admission is free and the public is invited to come as we work together for a better tomorrow.

Free tickets are available by contacting the Niswonger Box Office: 419-238-6722. Find out more about this event at NPACVW.ORG.