Comic Mark Lundholm - Dec. 13, 2012 – Brighton Center for Recovery Fundraiser

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 – Brighton Center for Recovery Fundraiser

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Where: Genitti’s “Hole in the Wall” Dinner and Theatre
108 East Main Northville, MI, 48167
Price: $75.00 (Individual) - $125.00 (Couple)

Image: Mark Lundholm
From humble beginnings on the streets of Oakland, California, as a homeless criminal, mental patient, to a world-renowned entertainer, Mark Lundholm’s humor is a wild ride of challenges, changes and 2nd chances. Just out of rehab, while performing a 20 minute comedy routine at San Quentin State Prison, Mark discovered his childhood survival skill of making people laugh was his ticket out. Armed with plenty of material poking fun at the insanity his life had become, Lundholm has worked his way up – literally from the gutter.

It was not long before Mark garnered the attention of Showtime Comedy, and was given his own special. These routines quickly gained widespread attention. Ultimately Mark’s entire story was produced and an off-Broadway play called “Addicted… a comedy of substance” was born. “Addicted” is quickly making its way around the world. Already in Chicago, Miami, New York, Denver, San Francisco and Nashville, 2011 brings even more – launching “Addicted” in Los Angeles, London and Germany! Having performed in all 50 States and 10 foreign countries, including appearances on Comedy Central, Showtime, A&E, NBC, and CBS, Mark Lundholm’s pure, dark look at his past, and clever glimpses of the future make this funny man one of the best. Mark has been hailed as “a younger George Carlin” by the Contra-Costa Times, and The New York Times called him “Riveting… Dark and Funny!” The San Francisco Chronicle said he was “Funny. Cannily rendered… comic precision.” Mark has performed for Eric Clapton, Donald Trump, Jerry Stiller, and former President Ford showing no signs of slowing down! Taking the time to give a little back each year, Mark re-visits a handful of jails and prisons, rehab centers, homeless shelters and other places he has lived.

Mary Theresa Cahillane - 1955 - 2012 - Royal Oak, Michigan - Obituary

Source - Substance Free Future Foundation
Mary Theresa Cahillane
Mary Theresa Cahillane, 56, died early Wednesday morning, July 4, 2012 at her Royal Oak, Michigan home. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (McGinnis) Cahillane. Those close to her fondly called her Theresa.  Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Theresa had touched in some small way throughout her very memorable life.

Theresa was uniquely musical. She started playing the guitar and button accordion at a very young age. As she grew older Theresa learned to play the banjo, flute, fiddle, mandolin, and the piano.  Theresa began her lifelong musical career playing guitar with the 'New Group' at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Chicago's southwest side with her dear friend Ray Menard.  Later in life she could often be heard playing Irish jigs and reels on the button accordion at her bar, 'Callahan's Pub' or at Gaelic Park Festivals in Chicago. Ms. Cahillane played at private events for years with her popular Irish band, 'The Moonshiners.'  Eventually, after she moved to Michigan, she created her musical retail business, 'Fiddles and Flutes' of Royal Oak.

Ms. Cahillane was a proud, active member of the 12-Step Community, and when she passed away she was just a few weeks shy of 25 years sobriety. Theresa helped countless others seeking to overcome their alcohol and drug addiction by sharing her experience, strength and hope.  Many are grateful for her wisdom, sponsorship, humor, and quick wit. A touching event this year was her final 12-step meeting when Theresa was too ill to travel, so her home group took the meeting to Theresa in her living room. She truly lived her life by the twelve-steps.

She leaves behind her loving brothers Greg and Thomas of Bloomfield Township; sister Margaret Blackwood of Sterling Heights; and brother Patrick and wife Pauline of Cloghan, Offaly, Ireland . She also leaves a niece Kerry and her husband Stephen Walker of Scottsdale, Arizona; niece Jessica Blackwood of Royal Oak; nieces and nephew Ashley, Stephen, and Kaitlin, of Cloghan, Offaly, Ireland; and great nephew Dylan Phipps of Royal Oak. She was predeceased by her mother Margaret, father Thomas, brother Stephen, sister in law Patricia and stepmother Rosemary.

Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at Farina’s Banquet Center at 1 PM on July 28, 2012 at 2485 Coolidge Highway, Berkley, MI 48072.

Memorial gifts in Ms. Cahillanes' memory can be made to the National Catholic Council on Addictions, 1601 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360.  

Press Release - Synthetic Summit - 8/9/12


Date:           July 5, 2012

From:          Lindsay Beaudry, HSCB Community Collaborative Planner                  

Re:              Upcoming Synthetic Summit

Since the laws were signed into effect making synthetic drugs commonly known as K2, LoL, and Bath Salts controlled substances, (illegal to produce and sell) Michigan has been celebrating. The remnants and consequences of these dangerous substances are far from gone however.

The Brighton Center for Recovery has joined forces with several substance use prevention and treatment groups in the community to offer a day long Synthetic Summit training for professionals followed by a community information session in the evening on August 9th. The training will include speakers and presentations from law enforcement, hospital staff, and treatment/ prevention front line clinicians. Lunch will be provided during the professional session, registration is required. The cost is $25 to attend the professional session if you register in advance / $35 at the door (scholarships available upon request) MCBAP credit hours are approved for this training, register at and it is FREE to attend the community session. Refreshments will be available at the community session, NO RSVP to attend.

Registration: 8:30AM
Professional Session: 9AM-3:30PM
Community Session: 6:30-8PM
Hosted by Brighton Center for Recovery
12851 Grand River Road, Brighton, MI 48116

The community at large as well as professionals are welcome to come and learn more about the local data, new facts & trends, signs & symptoms, as well as local solutions. The initial community interest was the driving force behind getting synthetics off of our community shelves, now let’s move forward as a community to educate ourselves and understand the impact and dangers that still exist surrounding these deadly substances. Please contact Scott Masi from Brighton Hospital with questions, for interviews or additional information Scott Masi, Referral & Outreach Specialist / Program Analyst, St John Health System Brighton Center for Recovery & Eastwood Clinics at (810) 220-1818 or (810) 360-5779 (24/7)

Regards and thanks,
Lindsay A. Beaudry, MSW
Community Collaborative Planner
Phone: 517-552-7140

"A smile confuses an approaching frown."