On Sunday afternoon, more than 400 people crammed into Nick’s Airport Inn for a charity event to show their support for a 19-year-old’s dream.
In April of 2015, Brooke Simmers passed away from a heroin overdose. Her parents said that more than anything, she wanted to open a halfway house for women suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.
“We’re looking at building an eight-bedroom house, about five to six-thousand square feet” said Kevin Simmers, co-founder of Brooke’s House, “We want to have it out in the country somewhere where the girls are going to recover with dignity.”
They started a nonprofit called Brooke’s House, in order to raise money for the halfway house.
“With the help of the Airport Inn, we’re happy to say that after this event, we’re going to be in the neighborhood of $120,000,” Simmers said. “So we went twice what our original goal was.”
Her parents said they aren’t willing to let that dream die. They hope to reach their goal of breaking ground for Brooke’s House later this year.
“The community has realized that the heroin epidemic in our community is just outrageous.” Simmers said. “It’s the worst epidemic I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
If you wish to donate to their cause, you can visit their website here.