Thank you to everyone who attended, planned, and helped make this another successful Gratitude Banquet!

We hope you will join us in 2025!

Please join us for an evening of celebrating and fundraising for recovery! We will honor those who have made significant strides in the fight for recovery in Cecil and Harford Counties. Funds raised will support individuals who struggle with addiction to stay alive and find long term recovery. This year’s catered Banquet will be held at the Rising Sun Fire Hall on Friday, September 29 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Evening Agenda is below). This Semi-Formal Event will feature Speakers, Awards, a Silent Auction, and comedy performance by Mickey Cucchiella (formerly of 98Rock). This Evening will include hors d’oeuvres, dinner selections, desserts, and beverages. There will be over 200 people for this event and it has sold out in years past. We invite Event Sponsorships, Silent Auction donations and donations of tickets for the recovery community. If you would like to attend, but cannot afford to, please reach out!

Opening Remarks by Danielle Hornberger, Cecil County Executive.

2023 Gratitude Banquet Award Winners

Recovery Community Champion: Jordan Ayers has been actively involved in coordinating and implementing outreach programs that aim to address substance use and mental health needs for 4 years. He has been instrumental in Cecil and Harford Counties to connect individuals to treatment and help them overcome barriers to long term recovery, even on nights, weekends and holidays. Jordan’s most significant achievement is his journey to sobriety himself. He has been in recovery since July 1, 2019 which represents the start of his dedication to personal growth, health and well-being.

Recovery Community Impact Award: All Paths All Paths is a Recovery Community that has grown in membership since their start a few years ago in Cecil County. They have regular meetings, host fun events and have performed outreach to individuals without homes in North East. They are the next level of Harm Reduction – meeting people where they are at and not leaving them there.

Recovery Advocate Award: Bob Sears has been assisting people in recovery for almost 45 years. He began his career as a Substance Use Counselor in Baltimore in the late 1970’s! Since 1989 Bob has worked in Business Development for several programs throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. He has been a consistent presence in Cecil County for years, understanding the treatment demand and lack of resources here and helping to find solutions. In the past year, Bob has helped to develop and organize Peer Conferences in Maryland, bringing together Peer Recovery Specialists and local health care providers. These conferences strengthen the recovery capital of the host counties and build new relationships that benefit those with substance use disorder.

Volunteer(s) of the Year Award: Linda Chastain & Rita Rhea! Two of our most loyal volunteers that have been with us for over 3 years, Linda and Rita are dedicated to Voices of Hope. Not only do they come in every single week to help pack Harm Reduction bags, but they also have helped our staff, volunteers, and other individuals completing their CPRS certifications by utilizing their notary service. We are in debt to you both, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done for Voices of Hope.

Comedy Performance by Mickey Cucchiella
Mickey is a Baltimore based stand up comedian and a former radio host. He has been entertaining audiences for over 30 yrs. He has performed all over the United States and is a regular at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. His acerbic style and ability to adlib has made him an audience favorite. Mickey can and will entertain any audience. Mickey has been a main stage comedian for many recovery related conferences and conventions!

Evening Schedule

Doors Open at 5:30 with Silent Auction opening, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

6:00 Welcome and Dinner is served

6:45: Award Ceremony

7:30 Intermission, ending of Silent Auction

8:00 Comedy Performance

2023 Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Newark Toyota World is a top-notch car dealership that offers a wide range of new and used vehicles to their customers. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly sedan or a sporty SUV, you’re sure to find the perfect vehicle for your needs at Newark Toyota World.

The Avenues Recovery family of drug & alcohol rehab treatment centers provide the most innovative and progressive approaches to treatment available. Avenues inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab locations offer medical detox, extended care inpatient treatment, and long term outpatient care under the guidance of highly trained and caring addiction professionals.

Cecil Bank is a state-chartered community bank established in October 1959 and headquartered in Elkton, Maryland.  The Bank serves Cecil County from its headquarters location and three additional branches located in North East, Rising Sun and Elkton. 

Pyramid Healthcare Rehabilitation Centers provide treatment for adults and teens suffering from addiction or substance abuse, as well as individuals with mental health disorders. Our locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia allow us to provide comprehensive care across the entire state to people with behavioral health issues.

In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse.

Platinum Sponsors

Voices Gratitude Banquet over the Years

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