Wareham group dedicated to fighting opioid addiction receives donation from Elks

Sep 14, 2018

An organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the battle against opioid addiction received a boost from the Wareham-New Bedford Lodge of Elks No. 73 on Thursday. The Elks donated $680 to the Brent Hastings Memorial Fund ahead of the group’s 5th annual golf tournament, set to tee off on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bay Pointe Country Club.

Elks supported the memorial fund by paying to sponsor a hole and raffling off spots for members to play as a foursome during the tournament. On Thursday, the Elks gave memorial fund founder Melodye Conway a check.

“It’s really incredible,” said Conway. “They’ve always been focused on this community. They’re here to help.”

Conway’s son, the memorial fund’s namesake, is a former Wareham resident who passed away from a heroin overdose in 2014. Conway founded the memorial fund that same year with the goal of erasing the stigma surrounding opioid addiction. Since its founding, the fund has raised more than $78,000 to help those recovering from addiction and the Herren Project, an organization dedicated to substance abuse issues.

Saturday’s golf tournament is a major fundraiser for the group and its cause, which is a near epidemic level problem, killing 2,069 people in 2016 in Massachusetts.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have someone in their family touched by opioid addiction,” said Conway.

For more information on the Brent Hastings Memorial Fund or to donate, visit the fund’s Facebook page and click on the GoFundMe account link or call 508-951-2300.