Community Showers The Courage Center with Valentine’s Love Raising $80,000 to Support Substance Use Recovery in the Midlands

Annual Valentine’s Day Celebrity Breakfast Brings Local Community Together to Support Recovery Programs

Lexington —Stepping up to bat when a world title is on the line is nerve-wracking. Taking the first step to recovery from substance use is even scarier, but with the right support, community, and peers, recovery is possible. That’s the message baseball legend Darryl Strawberry gave to an audience of more than 500 community members that gathered at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington on Friday, February 14.

Those in attendance weren’t there to just hear Strawberry talk about his professional successes, including four World Series titles, and as an eight-time National League All-Star, rather they were there to hear his personal journey and recovery from substance use disorder.

“Recovery is possible. It takes all of us to help, support and encourage each other” said Strawberry. “The greatest gift you can give yourself is loving someone you don’t even know. Love people that aren’t able to love themselves.”

Each year, on or around Valentine’s Day, the community comes together to hear inspirational stories of recovery and raise funds to support The Courage Center’s recovery coaching and support programs, and services as well as raise awareness about these critical programs available in our community at no cost to the young people and families they serve.

“This community is amazing. The work we do would not be possible without incredible stories of courage like Mr. Strawberry’s or the generous support of sponsors and volunteers,” said Adrienne Bellinger, TCC Executive Director. “Every year it is an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from the community at this event and we are grateful for the support that allows us to reach youth and families who are searching for peer-lead recovery services,” Bellinger added.

This year’s event was hosted by WIS - TV's Dominic Brown and would not have been possible without the generous support of Title Sponsors Sansbury Eye Center and Nephron Pharmaceuticals. Other sponsors included Dominion Energy as a Presenting Sponsor and South Risk Management and Echerer as Heart of Courage Sponsors.

The Courage Center

The Courage Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that builds bridges between alcohol and drug prevention, treatment, and recovery through one-on-one recovery coaching and peer support at no cost to our participants. The Courage Center is the only Recovery Community Organization (RCO) in South Carolina focused specifically on youth and young adults ages 15-26 struggling with substance use, and family members of young people struggling. We are located at 860 Park Road in Lexington. Reach us at (803) 369-3905 or at


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