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CITY OF OCONOMOWOC - The third-annual Jump for Archie: Rockin' Evening in the Park, which aims to bring awareness to the opioid crisis, is set for May 21.

This year's event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at City Beach, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., and will feature Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, and other speakers, according to an event flyer. 

Jump for Archie is organized by Lauri Badura of Oconomowoc, whose son, Archie, died of a heroin overdose in 2014. The event is held to spread awareness of the heroin and opioid problem facing the community and bring those facing addiction in touch with resources to fight it.

This year, Badura's son Augie will speak with Tom Farley, the brother of Chris Farley, who died of a drug overdose in 1997. The two will discuss life with and without their brothers, according to Badura. 

“I know a lot of people from Madison are coming just to see that,” Badura said.

Food will be available from Rosati's Pizza and What's Poppin' gourmet popcorn, Badura said. Soft drinks will also be available.

Games and swimming will be included at the event, and Schimel's band, 4 on The Floor and other musical acts will perform, the flyer said.

The event will offer resources to those struggling with addiction and families of those struggling with addiction, Badura said. That includes free Narcan kits and training on how to use the emergency drug that blocks the effects of opiates.

“We believe that … as a good Samaritan, it's good to know how to use it, and it can save a life no matter where you are," Badura said. "It's just good for everybody to be trained in it.”

Badura's faith-based nonprofit, Saving Others for Archie Inc., sponsors events such as Jump for Archie to raise awareness to fight the opioid crisis. 

To learn more about SOFA, visit facebook.com/sofatoday. 

 

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