NOPE Candlelight Vigil
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (October 17, 2018) – The community is invited to join Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Tampa Police Department and NOPE – Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education – for their 8th annual candlelight vigil on Thursday, October 18, at 7 p.m., at Hillsborough High School.
This event is held in memory of those who have lost their lives due to drug and alcohol-related incidents, to honor those who have lost a loved one to accidental overdose death and to help those suffering from the disease of addiction.
It will be an emotional night as families and friends share inspiring examples of why their loved one’s story is not over. On this night, the SunTrust Financial Centre in downtown Tampa will also help bring awareness to the issue of drug overdose as they light the top of their building in purple – the color for drug overdose awareness.
Guests are invited to come out at 6 p.m. to reflect on the Memorial Wall, which captures photos and stories from loved ones. The ceremony will then begin at 7 p.m. in the Hillsborough High School auditorium. The evening will end with the candlelight vigil on the school’s front lawn. Hillsborough High School is located at 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa.
Participants are also encouraged to bring photos to include on the Memorial Wall. More than 500 photos adorn the wall, showing young people who have lost their lives due to drug or alcohol-related causes.