30th Dinner Invitation-page-001On May 5, 2016, Metro Drug Coalition will hold its 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Jackson Terminal. MDC is pleased to announce that Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will serve as the keynote speaker for the night.

The anniversary dinner has six different sponsorships available. These partnerships include: Presenting Sponsor Level ($10,000), Platinum Sponsor Level ($5,000), Gold Sponsor Level ($3,000), Silver Sponsor Level (1,000), Bronze Sponsor Level ($500) and the Media or In-kind Sponsors (Auction Items, Printing Services and/or Audiovisual).

Metro Drug Coalition was originally established as the Metropolitan Drug Commission on its founding date of April 18, 1986. The non-profit organization was founded by a joint resolution of the City of Knoxville and Knox County. Its current name, Metro Drug Coalition, was changed after a recent rebranding of the name and logo within the organization. MDC’s 30-year history has been very successful in educating, advocating and reducing the stigma and impact of substance abuse for Knoxville, Knox County and the state of Tennessee.

Substance abuse is prevalent throughout the country, but particularly strong in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee ranks seventh in the nation for prescription drug overdoses and eighth in the nation for overdose deaths. In 2014 alone, 1,263 Tennesseans died from opioid overdoses. In 2015, 986 babies were born dependent on drugs due to mothers using opioids during pregnancy.

MDC’s mission is to improve the health of the greater Knoxville community by reducing the use of alcohol and drugs through policy, systems and environment change. MDC values leadership, integrity and community in its efforts to reduce the use of these substances.

For more information about how to be a sponsor for MDC’s 30th Anniversary Dinner or more about MDC, please visit here.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Karen Pershing at kpershing@metrodrug.org.