Substance abuse prevention org celebrates 10 years in town

Published on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 19:57
Written by Petey Oneto

Special to the Herald

The Southington Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is celebrating ten years of helping to prevent substance abuse for the young people.

To celebrate, the organization is hosting an open gala on Friday, Sep. 14 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

It will be a night of cocktails, food and dancing.

One of STEPS’ founding members, John Myers, will be honored at the event.

The STEPS coalition was formed ten years ago following a series of suicides.

Since then, their main focus is to help the youth of today with the pressures they face.

The group immediately took a focus on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, which they found to be prevailing issues in the Southington community.

They have brought their activism to the schools, local government and community events.

STEPS Gala Chairperson William Palmieri sees a long road ahead, but is happy and optimistic of the progress the coalition has made.

“I am incredibly proud of the significant changes STEPS has made in Southington to reduce all risky behaviors especially related to substance abuse,” Palmieri said.

“As I have been involved from the beginning of the coalition, I have seen the positive changes first-hand. Although there is still work to be done, I am confident that the impact the coalition has made is long-lasting.”

The Aqua Turf Club is located at 556 Mulberry St. in Plantsville.

Each ticket costs $65 per person and guests must be aged 18 or older.

Dress in cocktail attire and buy tickets ahead by visiting or visit the Southington STEPS office in the Municipal Center at 196 N. Main St. in Southington.

For more information, call 860-276-6272.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 19:57. Updated: Wednesday, 5 September 2018 20:00.