MOORHEAD – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and restaurant owner and community advocate Jonathan Holth are featured speakers at the 2019 Michael Kaspari Memorial Run for Recovery. The 5K and 1K fun run/walk, held Saturday, Sept. 14, at MB Johnson Park, raises funds for the Family Program at First Step Recovery, a program of The Village Family Service Center.
Stenehjem’s sister, the late Susan Stenehjem-Brown, co-founded First Step Recovery with Kaspari on Jan. 1, 2000 and served as the outpatient treatment center’s lead counselor, clinical director, and executive partner until her retirement in March 2006. She was a pioneer in the addiction counseling profession on national and state levels and a respected addiction counseling educator. Also speaking is their sister Peggy Stenehjem-Titus, a licensed addiction counselor who works for First Step Recovery as a hospital consult liaison.
Holth, co-owner of Toasted Frog and Community Development Director for JLG Architects, speaks publicly about his struggle with addiction and long-term recovery. He is one of six North Dakotans appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to the advisory council for the Office of Recovery Reinvented.
Saturday’s event begins at 9 a.m. at MB Johnson Park’s main shelter, with on-site registration, fellowship, and a chance to sign the Recovery Wall. A short program, including the speakers, begins at 9:40 a.m., and the run/walk starts at 10 a.m.
To register in advance, visit www.TheVillageFamily.org/Run4Recovery. For more information, call 701-451-4900.