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February 3, 2013

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: Event aimed at fighting addiction, benefits Serenity House

JEFFERSONVILLE — For 10 years, William Dee Cundiff struggled with addiction, but he found strength and treatment at the Serenity House in Jeffersonville. When he lost his life in a car accident in October 2012, his mother, Peggy Cundiff, knew she had to do something positive in her son’s memory. 

“Literally, the day after I lost my son, I knew I had to do this,” Cundiff said about the Rock 4 Recovery event — a benefit for Jeffersonville’s Serenity House — which was held on Saturday evening at Kye’s.

“Earlier in the year, Will had his dad purchase skateboards. He was going to paint them to benefit the Serenity House, but that didn’t happen. I knew I had to do this,” said Cundiff.

Shortly after losing her son, she met John and Vicky Denney, who also lost her son Brian to addiction and wanted to help support the Serenity House.  

While the Denneys’ son was not at the Jeffersonville treatment complex, he received treatment in other locations. 

“We know how vital they (halfway houses) are, so we knew when we had the opportunity to help, we couldn’t pass it up,” said Vicky Denney.

The Serenity House did indeed benefit from the popular Rock 4 Recovery where everyone donated their time for the benefit. Vendors included Orange Clover Kitchen & More, Adrienne & Co., and Sancho Miguel’s Salsa. 

“We are grateful to have this opportunity. This is a wonderful event, and is a good cause. We hope it builds a stronger and better community for everyone,” said Miguel Hampton, of F5 Enterprises, LLC. and Sancho Miguel’s Salsa. 

Rachel Smallwood of Orange Clover Kitchen & More also expressed her gratitude to provide food at the event.

More than 60 items were also donated for the silent and live auctions, including pieces of artwork by local artists Dixie Busby and Guy Tedesco, who auctioned his piece for $1,150.

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