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Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network Presents Legacy of Hope March 29 and 31

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network (EAHCN) at the State University of New York College in Plattsburgh, in collaboration with the Plattsburgh Campus-Community Partnership and Chazy Communities That Care, is bringing the nationally acclaimed, powerful theatrical presentation, Legacy of Hope to Clinton County.

This one-woman show features Susie Vanderlip who portrays a series of characters representing family members in alcoholic, addicted, abusive or neglectful families over three generations.

Vanderlip will present two shows. The first show, Monday, March 29, will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Chazy Central Rural School, Route 9, Chazy.

The second show will be Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall at Plattsburgh State. Thanks to local sponsorship, these events are free and open to the public.

Yvonne Lott, community mental health coordinator at EAHCN, said that Vanderlip's last show was in 2002 at Northeastern Clinton Central School and more than 400 people were in the audience.

"By combining dance and drama, the performance appeals to a variety of audiences," said Lott. "It is a powerful experience because she connects with everyone in some kind of way."

During Legacy of Hope , significant current prevention issues are addressed as well as issues of self-esteem, character, responsible behaviors and emotional intelligence. The relationship between drinking/substance abuse and irresponsible sexuality, teen violence, teen pregnancy, AIDS, depression, suicide, gangs and domestic abuse is vividly portrayed. Then a concrete message of hope and possibilities is delivered.

Through the power of Legacy of Hope , Vanderlip creates a profound bond of trust and safety with audiences, particularly young people. The show provides a universal message that cuts across cultural, gender and age boundaries. Vanderlip also makes herself available for youth and adults to talk one-on-one with her after the program.

"These two events are the result of a true collaborative partnership with Plattsburgh State, EAHCN, and numerous agencies and organizations throughout the North Country," said Lott.

Funding for these two events were provided by: Chazy Parent Teacher Organization, Chazy Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee, Seton Catholic Central School, EAHCN, Plattsburgh City School District, Plattsburgh State Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Chazy Lions Club, Riley Ford in Chazy, the Chazy's Teachers' Association, Gregware Farm, Yankee Farm Credit and Giroux's Poultry.

For more information about Legacy of Hope , contact EAHCN at 564-3369.
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