The Halstead/Metroflor Addiction Crisis charity (HMAC) is a stone’s throw away from its goal of raising $500,000 for rehabilitation scholarships and support for families and their loved ones who are substance addiction disorders. The fundraiser is the culmination of a two-year grassroots campaign by HMTX Industries employees to help those in need who are suffering from the disease of addiction.
All raised funds will be matched dollar for dollar by the Stone family for a total of $1 million. HMAC has already raised $320,000, including Big Bang proceeds. The tax-deductible donations benefit a nonprofit 501(c)(3) partnership with “Faith in Four: Recovery, Prevention, Education and Treatment,” to fund the scholarships at six fully vetted agencies across the US offering substance abuse rehabilitation, education and after care.
The Big Bang Fundraiser, held at Emerson Church in Cartersville, Georgia, on May 6, 2021, raised more than $80,000 for rehabilitation facility partners. The star-studded event featured music, sports legends and a sports memorabilia auction, and testimonials from recovering addicts.
Local pop/country singer and songwriter Bryanna Fuquea serenaded guests. Two current NFL stars told their poignant stories about their battle to beat the disease of addiction: Darren Waller, an all-pro tight end from the Las Vegas Raiders; and Hayden Hurst, a tight end who plays with the Atlanta Falcons.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan explained what the state government is doing to help defeat the disease, followed by emotional testimonials from rehab agency partners as well as recovering addicts who have been helped by HMAC.