Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458
For Immediate Release
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
GLOUCESTER — Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that as part of National Recovery Month, P.A.A.R.I. will host a benefit concert, “Songs for the Angels,” featuring some of Cape Ann’s favorite musicians.
“We’re are extremely excited to bring these talented singers and songwriters under one roof to support P.A.A.R.I.,” Chief Campanello said. “This is just one of many steps we are taking to help those struggling with the disease of addiction, to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation and to support those who seek access to treatment and recovery.”
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.
A pre-concert reception begins at 6:30 p.m and is generously catered by Tonno of Gloucester.
Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online, by phone at (978) 546-7391, or at the box office at 35 Main St. Proceeds will be used to support P.A.A.R.I. and its partner police departments.
For more information, call P.A.A.R.I. at (888) 9-PAARI-9 or visit paariusa.org.
Songs for the Angels will showcase Cape Ann’s vibrant music scene — represented by singer/songwriters Fly Amero, Allen Estes, Marina Evans, Willie Alexander and opener Quentin Callewaert.
The night will also include a special performance from Chief Campanello, along with other surprises. All will come together to fight addiction, locally and across the nation.
This event is part of National Recovery Month, where every September, the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration works to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who are in recovery.
About the Performers:
Fly Amero’s powerful voice, refined guitar playing and clever songwriting have earned him fans all over the world and touring spots with great artists like the classic American pop group Orleans (“Still The One”/“Dance with Me”).
Combining a full, rich voice with exceptional finger picking and honest, elegant songwriting, Allen Estes masterfully mixes country, folk and blues into his songs. He has co-written with songwriters Tammy Wynette and David Mallett, and has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs and J. Geils.
With strong, sultry vocals, unusual melodies, and edgy lyrics, Marina Evans combines her background in jazz with folk Americana and an indie edge to create a sound all her own. She has supported Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards and Loudon Wainwright III, and has toured across the United States and in Europe.
Willie “Loco” Alexander is a rock’ n’ roll survivor whose career has traced the history of the genre for 30 years. Throughout his varied performance career, Alexander has maintained a consistently high level of emotional and artistic integrity.
“These great local musicians have generously offered to participate in this event and are some of the North Shore’s best performers,” Rosenthal said. “This is sure to be a very fun night and a great opportunity to support P.A.A.R.I. and hear exceptional local musicians”.
About the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI):
In 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal developed a revolutionary new program aimed at getting opioid drug users the help they need to recover instead of putting them behind bars. P.A.A.R.I.’s mission is to support the Gloucester Police’s ANGEL Initiative and to assist other police departments with implementing similar programs.
P.A.A.R.I. police departments share a common mission: encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery, help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses, connect those struggling with the disease of addiction with treatment programs and facilities and provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid epidemic.
In just over a year, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 150 police departments across the country and over 200 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance. Learn more at paariusa.org.