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Worcester Goes Purple Going Strong into 2020

December 31, 2019
(Berlin, MD)  Worcester Goes Purple (WGP) is preparing to kick off 2020.  Our first program year has been a huge success.  Spreading the word about addiction education and awareness along with promoting healthy life choices has definitely “Started Worcester Talking” in 2019. Businesses, community organizations and local citizens have gotten behind our message and WGP is making a difference for those suffering from addiction and their families.

In an effort to “Keep Worcester Talking”,  WGP has adopted the “Puzzle Piece” as our symbol for 2020.  We want everyone to know that “Everyone is a piece of the puzzle” and we would not be complete without each and every one of you. With grant funding awarded by the Worcester County Arts Council, we will have our first puzzle signing at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with Keynote speaker Darryl Strawberry on Friday, January 10, 2020.  The breakfast will be hosted by Greater Ocean City, MD Chamber of Commerce and the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City. Tickets are available from OC Chamber of Commerce.

Darryl Strawberry, a legendary baseball player, knows the struggles of addiction and hopelessness. However, that is not the case today.  “Today I have hope!” No matter what comes your way, or how many times you may fall, you do not QUIT! You never give up! You get up and you keep moving. If there is breath in your body, there is purpose and reason for your life”. These are strong words from Strawberry but should resonate with each of us. WGP promotes hope and assistance for those suffering with addictions and their loved ones.

We are in the process of planning many community events for 2020. Mark your calendars for our official kick off to September, National Recovery Month on Saturday, August 29, 2020.  Follow our Facebook page for updates. 

Contributors and volunteers are welcome and needed. Please contact Debbie Smullen at 410-870-5161 or


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