Liz Lenke and Heather Jalbert, co-chairs of the 36th Annual Holiday Tree Festival, talked about the event that they described as Akron Children's Hospital's gift to the community. This extraordinary gift, made possible by more than 1,400 volunteers and community members, kicks off with a gala on Friday, Nov. 17, and continues Nov. 18-26 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. in downtown Akron. In addition to 165 decorated trees -- the most ever in the history of the event -- the Holiday Tree Festival features wreaths and other holiday decorations, a gift shop for kids, plenty of opportunities to meet Santa and all kinds of festive ways to support Akron Children's Hospital. The festival is free. For hours, tickets to the gala and other information, visit the website.
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Greg McNeil, founder of Cover2 Resources, started his foundation after the death of his son Sam, who used heroin for the last time on Oct. 23, 2015. Greg and his wife created the foundation to help educate and advocate for communities and families dealing with the opioid epidemic, which claimed the lives of 64,000 people in the U.S. in the last year alone. Greg has a series of 141 podcasts on this subject. The series is called Cover2PPT, for people, places and things making a difference in the opioid epidemic. For more information, visit his website.