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Beebe raises over $120K to combat opioid epidemic

The annual Beebe Goes Purple event has successfully raised over $267,000 in total for the Beebe Healthcare’s Go Purple Fund. | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE

LEWES – The 3rd Annual Beebe Goes Purple Guest Bartending event raised $122,526 for the Beebe Healthcare’s Go Purple Fund. The fund will raise awareness, education efforts, prevention, and recovery to help combat the opioid epidemic in Sussex County.

“Beebe Goes Purple started because our young professionals group wanted to make an impact on the opioid epidemic in Sussex County,” Beebe Medical Foundation Event Coordinator Amy Keller said. “Opioid addiction has impacted the lives of many of our young professionals personally and Beebe Goes Purple is a way to contribute to the solution.”

The annual Beebe Goes Purple event has successfully raised over $267,000 in total for the Beebe Healthcare’s Go Purple Fund. The fund supports Beebe Healthcare’s Mobile Health Unit, with an emphasis on Mental Health and Addiction Medicine. The funds will help Beebe address mental health and addiction challenges within Sussex County.

This mobile health initiative provides low-threshold, low barrier clinical care and harm reduction services aimed at increasing access to addiction services for people at high risk. Beebe deploys a mobile unit and a hybrid team of mental & behavioral health providers, clinicians, and community health workers to areas with high rates of opioid use. By mobilizing critical addiction services, Beebe can bring care directly to high-risk individuals and address Behavioral Health and Mental Health needs in our local communities.

“The support for this year’s Beebe Goes Purple was incredible. We have The Starboard, all of our sponsors, our amazing bartenders, and all of our guests to thank for this year’s record-breaking year,” Beebe Medical Foundation Gift Officer Sean Flanigan said. “We are anxious to see what next year brings.”

“Our use of a peer-to-peer fundraising platform really took things up a notch this year. Our bartenders were able to reach out to their friends, family and colleagues via social media and email to support their fundraising goals,” Beebe Medical Foundation Financial Analyst Justen Albright said. “We saw great results and can’t thank everyone enough for embracing this new tool.”