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Anonapalooza fest to raise money for Serenity House

Dave Maday is showing his support for those battling addiction by organizing a day of family fun in Geneva to benefit Serenity House in Addison.

Families can enjoy a host of activities at the fifth annual Anonapalooza Family Summerfest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. The event is alcohol free.

Serenity House, which will receive the proceeds from the event, provides services for individuals recovering from substance abuse and chemical dependence.

Entertainment at the event will include local musicians performing on two stages, children’s games with prizes, a bouncy castle, the American Gladiator obstacle course and a silent auction and raffle.

“This event reminds me of the family picnics and parties I went to when I was young,” said Maday, who is Anonapalooza’s co-chair. “We hung out all day and ate, played and had fun. But this is even better … we have live music.”

Admission is $5 a person, or free for those younger than age 5 or older than 65.

Maday estimated 400 to 500 people will attend.

“This promises to be one of our best events ever this year,” Maday said.

Anonapalooza has supported the efforts of those recovering from alcohol and drug abuse and their loved ones since 2009.

The event is intended to raise awareness about the effectiveness of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

“One of the reasons for this is to show others that people recovering from alcohol and drugs can have a lot of fun” said Serenity House Vice President and Development Director Lisa Snipes.

Founded in 1985, Serenity House, 891 S. Rohlwing Road, has grown from a four-bed cottage to a state-of-the-art addiction treatment facility, serving hundreds of men and women in extended residential care, independent living and outpatient programs.

A full-time staff, including certified addiction counselors, assist clients recovering from chemical dependence and substance abuse under the guidance of a medical director.

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