A key organizer of the annual Grace House Bowling Blitz is looking ahead with optimism.
"Each year so far has shown more people coming and I'm hoping that this being our third year, I'm going to have more people from the community of Drumheller coming in and being part of this great event that we do," stated Grace House Executive Director Joseph Legacy.
This is the biggest fundraising event for the recovery house, which helps treat men with drug and alcohol addictions. The event will include bowling, a silent auction, a meal and guest speakers.
"You come on in, you get to see who's around, you get to hear stories from alumni and we always have guest speakers, people who have come through the program," said Legacy, who is marking his third year as Executive Director.
"There's always going to be, right now, a strong requirement for facilities like ours and I think that when it comes to facilities, we have a really wonderful one in Drumheller that has a really good success rate and we do some top notch work here I believe." added Legacy.
He says addiction is common nowadays and often treated as the elephant in the room. He believes breaking the stigma of addiction begins by talking about it.
"Start looking at the addict as an individual who needs help (and) start putting that help in place. I think that at the end of the day we can turn this around and it's going to take communities to do this," elaborated Legacy.
This year's Bowling Blitz is Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. at Sandstone Lanes. Tickets are available at the bowling alley or by calling Grace House at 403-823-5437.