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'Night of Stars & Miracles' postponed until spring

Cary Ashby • Aug 30, 2018 at 11:00 PM

Despite unforeseen circumstances that caused the last-minute cancellation of a drug-addiction and recovery-support event, the Huron County Community Peer Recovery Center is making the best of it.

The facility at 130 Shady Lane Drive, Suite 100, will debut a new app, No-Wrong-Door Placement Accelerator, at 10 a.m. Saturday. FI Community Housing, Inc., Fisher-Titus Medical Center and software developer Dharma.ai joined forces to battle drug abuse and addiction by offering the real-time availability of open beds in treatment centers.

Denny Wilson, the founder, president and CEO of FI Community Housing and Wilson Empowerment, said the app is revolutionary, giving drug addicts the “exact perfect fit” for their treatment.

The No-Wrong-Door app was scheduled to be premiered at the “One Mission, One Voice: Night of Stars & Miracle” event this weekend at the Huron County Fairgrounds. The event was postponed unexpectedly without the Reflector being notified. A preview story was published Thursday and went online earlier. 

“We were trying to get regular people in this community to meet celebrities who were in or are in support recovery,” Wilson said.

One of the celebrities with significant connections to others coming to the event had to have a surgery. Wilson and FI Community Housing public relations specialist Robin “Higgy” Higginbotham received the news Monday morning.

“It was a serious injury; it about put me on a plane,” Wilson said without elaborating. “He was integral to bringing a large group of people from the West Coast.”

Since the celebrity wasn’t able to go, others decided they couldn’t come either, he said. As a result, the “Night of Stars & Miracle,” which was scheduled for Saturday, was postponed.

“It was a tough decision for me,” Wilson said. “It was all in place and we were ready to go. … I couldn’t get mad at these people.”

The organizers were prepared to have 2,000 to 3,000 people at the fairgrounds. 

“We were looking to build on that,” Wilson said. “We could have put on one heckuva show without the West Coast (contingent).”

In that case, Higginbotham said the event might have been “clouded in disappointment.”

Cleveland Cavaliers QStix percussionist Elec Simon was scheduled to emcee the event. Some of the performers included: “American Idol” contestant Jada Vance, rapper Mike Gambo, the Jam Walker Band and the rock group Crowfly.

Speakers for the event were supposed to be: Dr. Cali Estes, chef Stephan Baity, a Canton native; and actor Edward Furlong (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “American History X”). Estes is an addiction coach, therapist, a so-called “wellness guru” and founder of Sober on Demand, a mobile rehab service for clients. Her husband is the Crowfly’s drummer, Tim.

Wilson and Higginbotham said they plan on doing a similar event, possibly lasting two days with just as many celebrities — if not more — in the spring. They also said the new concert/event will be planned at a time so it won’t conflict with other local events, such as the Milan Melon Festival, which starts Saturday, and so area residents can plan ahead to attend.

FI Community Housing and Wilson Empowerment weren’t OK with putting their names on “a subpar event,” Higginbotham said, and wanted to do it correctly.

“We are going for a 2.0 version,” he added, saying he thanked the community for “being so sympathetic and understanding” about postponing the event.

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