August 19, 2014

Paint the Town benefits CHILL and supports Recovery Month

Paint the Town 5K Fun Run benefits CHILL, raises awareness

Experience the fun on Saturday, September 20 with a 5K untimed; all-ages run/walk
that benefits CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives), a community-wide
teen group who promotes healthy lifestyle choices.

This event
was founded in September 2013 to bring the community together around substance
abuse prevention, intervention and recovery while supporting and sustaining

"Our current grant funding will end this September 30," according to Katie Connelly, the
CHILL community coordinator. "We have been fortunate to have the Drug Free
Communities Grant for the last ten years, the longest time the grant can run.
Now CHILL will need the community's support to keep CHILL for our youth in
Martinsville and Henry County."

Joanie Davis,
Community Initiatives Director with United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
and supporter of Paint the Town 5k says, "Promoting healthy lifestyles and
encouraging family fun are great ways to keep youth successful and
substance-free. The positive energy created from community partnerships
combined with a unique way of raising awareness around prevention, treatment
and recovery is how this event truly impacts Martinsville and Henry County."

This is a
great way for families and friends to have a fun time together and get some
great exercise at the same time. Similar 5K events report that over 50% of the
participants are first time 5K runners. The 5k is untimed, self-paced and is
for all-ages.

Registration check-in will be at 8:00 am.

The race starts at 9:00 am at the Martinsville City Schools Administration
Building   (former Druid Hills School) at
746 Indian Trail. DJ Gemal Seay will provide music for the celebration.

White t shirts, race packets and post-race food are
included.  TuTus and the official Paint
the Town t shirts will be on sale at the packet pick up site and on race day.

Packet pick-up will be on Thursday and Friday, September 18
and 19, 149 East Main Street in front of the United Way office.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird: (until August 31)- Team/Family of 4:  $65 & Individuals:   $45

September 1 until  Race Day- Team/Family
of 4: $70 & Individuals: $50

forms with race details are available online at chillmhc.org  and on Facebook (Paint the Town event page) as
well as Piedmont Community Services at the front desk at 24 Clay Street, the
YMCAs,  Gym 24 and MHC Visitor's Center.

September is
National Recovery Month.  According to
the national website, "Recovery
spreads the positive
message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention
works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover."

Lisa Smith,
Community Recovery Program coordinator for Piedmont Community Services,
commented that "partnering with CHILL and JV CHILL to promote the prevention of
substance abuse and supporting healthy lifestyle choices is a great fit. Those
in recovery want to support CHILL's efforts in our community."

The Community Recovery Program is a program through
Piedmont Community Services that is dedicated to assisting individuals who are
pursuing long-term recovery by providing guidance and support in multiple areas
of recovery.

Other community sponsors include Drug Free MHC, The
United Way and the Re-entry Council. Business sponsors include Casting Logos
and Gym 24.

Anyone needing
more information or wishing to sponsor part of the event or a team may contact
Lisa Smith at 276.638.0438 or Katie Connelly at 276.340.9186.