It's all about prevention. That message will never change for the For Pete's Sake Foundation.
Ever since For Pete's Sake's founder and director Marci Rinner lost her brother Peter on March 1, 1999 to a heroin overdose when he was a senior at The Ohio State University, her one mission has been the prevention of drug experimentation and addiction. She has done this since 2001 by sharing personal experiences on the dangers of drug use.
Two items on the For Pete's Sake agenda will move the foundation a step closer to that goal.
In the short term, the foundation is once again involved with the Family First Night program slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Ernsthausen Community Center. The third annual event features an evening full of games, bounce houses, swimming and door prizes as well as watching the ball drop on the big screen. Admission is free.
In the long term, Rinner is working with Michigan producer Robert Holthouse on making a documentary about drug-use prevention.
"The documentary has been a longtime goal of the Rinner family," Rinner said. "In speaking to groups and families, it was obvious that the drug problem and addiction rates are consistently becoming worse. There are so many families that are being affected on a daily basis by addiction. The For Pete's Sake Foundation has been dedicated for more than five years to reach out to the community and try to make a difference. The family believes that personal stories can help on the prevention aspect of our community problem."
The documentary is set for release mid-2007. There will be two formats to the documentary, Rinner said. "One being 30 to 40 minutes long to reach out to schools, churches and organizations. A full, two-hour documentary is also being produced for families and nationwide distribution in hopes of aiding drug prevention."
Rinner said the documentary will feature personal views from recovering drug addicts, parents of recovering drug addicts along with parents of children who died from drug addiction or overdose.
Local police departments, city officials, teachers, pastors and recovery experts also will be featured in the film.
Log on towww.forpetessake.org events page for a three-minute preview of the documentary.
Anyone wishing to donate to the production of the video or to the foundation can do so at For Pete's Sake Foundation, P.O. Box 761, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.