Henrico Drug Court to celebrate 10th anniversary with Sept. 17 gala

August 20, 2013

CONTACT: Patricia Shaw, Administrator, Henrico County Drug Court
PHONE: (804) 501-2301, ext. 222

The Henrico County Drug Court will celebrate its 10 years of helping individuals overcome alcohol and drug addictions with a red carpet gala at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

The event is open to the public and will support various Drug Court activities, including Family Day functions and alumni gatherings. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased in advance. Checks payable to “Henrico County Community Partners, Inc.” should be sent by Friday, Sept. 13 to Henrico Drug Court, attn. Patricia Shaw, P.O. Box 90775, Henrico, VA 23273.

The gala will feature a dessert bar and remarks by Circuit judges Catherine C. Hammond and Gary A. Hicks, County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and a Drug Court graduate. The event also will include a showing of “Turning Point: Inside Henrico’s Drug Court,” an Emmy award-winning program produced by Henrico County Television, and an announcement of the first recipient of the Drug Court Champion Award.

The Henrico Drug Court started in 2003 after Hammond and Hicks began looking for ways to stop the cycle of individuals with alcohol and drug problems reappearing before the court.

Since its first docket on Jan. 24, 2003, the Drug Court has served more than 300 participants, including 122 graduates. A total of 58 individuals are currently enrolled. The voluntary program provides intensive treatment and strict supervision for at least 12 months, allowing participants to address their addictions, secure jobs, care for family members and satisfy court-ordered financial obligations.

For information on the gala, contact Drug Court Administrator Patricia Shaw at (804) 501-2301, ext. 222, or sha66@co.henrico.va.us.