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Ian Carpenter Johnson Foundation holds kick-off fundraiser 

Ian Carpenter Johnson Foundation holds kick-off fundraiser

Ian Carpenter Johnson

Ian Carpenter Johnson

You are invite to the Ian Carpenter Johnson Foundation’s first big fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, from 1-4pm at the downtown Templeton Park.

The non-profit was created to raise awareness and funds to help provide support both financially and thru prayer to those struggling with substance abuse. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy an afternoon in the park with live music by local rockabilly band “Sons of KD Elder” along with a silent auction, donation only tri-tip lunch, and kids activites. For more information or to donate: iancarpenterjohnsonfoundation.com

Organizer Jana Carlson says, “We are anticipating approx 200 people and have had huge support from local businesses as well as the community overall. One of our main goals is to bring awareness & positive change to our community and any media exposure is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.”

About the Ian Carpenter Johnson Foundation

On December 27, 2012, at age 27, Ian lost his battle with drug addiction to a fatal overdose. This Non Profit Foundation was created in his memory.

The mission of the foundation is to raise & provide funding to assist people who struggle with drug addiction that have little or no resources with the costs of getting into/through drug rehabilitation programs. It is also a mission to be commited to prayer for addicts and their families, and bring awareness of drug addiction and any community resources that are available.

The foundation raises funds through donations and fundraisers. Funding granted and grant recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s board, without prejudice of any applicant through an application process and prayer. Amounts granted are decided on a case by case basis depending on the applicant’s needs and funds availablility. This could cover anything from a ride to a recovery center, the funds for job interview clothes while attending or after completing a program, entry fees into a program or a grant to assist in payment of a program.

The Foundation will not place, choose or recommend any particular program for any applicant, as the purpose of the Foundation is simply to provide funding, prayer and awareness. A rehabilitation program should be chosen and researched by the applicant prior to applying for a grant.

The Foundation makes all reasonable efforts to validate credibility of any rehabilitation program an applicant has chosen before any payment or agreement for payment is made. The Foundation stays in contact with both the grant recipient and rehabilitation program to continually asses continued payment and prayer needs.

The Foundation is not directly affiliated with NA, AA, any rehabilitation program, law enforcement agency, political party or individual church. However, because it is our fervent prayer for those who suffer with drug addiction and those affected by drug addiction to seek and find help for the healing and recovery needed to live a healthy full life, we will provide links to known resources in our community where addicts and their families and friends can receive support, counseling and other types services that assist in recovery.

About the author: Scott Brennan

Scott Brennan is the editor and publisher of the Paso Robles Daily News.

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