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home : columnists : columnists October 22, 2017

9/27/2017 9:15:00 AM
Festival of Hope to aid recovery
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonDrew Hawk, lead vocalist and guitarist for Tone Lab Society band, is organizing a Festival of Hope: Recovery Rocks Benefit Concert, featuring performances by six bands, to benefit Transformations Center for Healing, on Saturday at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville, to support those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Drew Hawk, lead vocalist and guitarist for Tone Lab Society band, is organizing a Festival of Hope: Recovery Rocks Benefit Concert, featuring performances by six bands, to benefit Transformations Center for Healing, on Saturday at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville, to support those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

By Betsy Reason

While Drew Hawk doesn't make light of addiction, he does talk about it frankly.

He's lost friends to heroin and other drugs.

And in his 20s and 30s, Hawk struggled with alcohol abuse, as a "binge drinker" and didn't realize he had a problem, until he got a DUI about 10 years ago.

"It hit me that I needed to take better care of myself and change my life," said Hawk, 42, Arcadia, who never drove drunk or buzzed again.

"Playing sober this last run has been the best years of my life playing music," said the singer and musician who has organized a free concert, Festival of Hope: Recovery Rocks Benefit Concert, this Saturday at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville. The seven-hour event that kicks off at 4 p.m. will feature performances by six bands and will benefit Transformations Center for Healing in Noblesville, for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

One of his biggest reasons for organizing the concert was the loss several years ago of his friend, Josh Scalf, at age 26, who had lived in Noblesville. "He was my main inspiration for all of this," Hawk said.

"We really do have a serious problem plaguing our youth, all the way up to people in their 40s and 50s. Heroin, opiates and alcoholism, it's all doing severe damage. It just kept bugging me not to stand up and raise awareness that these people are not alone," Hawk said.

"That's why I was super happy to hear that Transformations wanted to be a part of this concert."

Through a friend, he got connected to Transformations Center for Healing, a long-term, holistic, and Christ-centered residential recovery center for women suffering from substance use disorder.

"Women can come to us in active withdrawal but we do not utilize Medicated Assisted Treatment, instead we use an all-natural approach to heal the body and mind," said founder Laci Giboney of the Noblesville center, located on Indiana 38, in a renovated rental house on church property. She said treatment is done with sauna detoxification, exercise, diet, vitamins and minerals.

The process, Giboney told me, "addresses not just issues with drug addiction, but any possible thing someone needs recovery from in order to get healthy. It gets to the root, not just behavior modification."

She said, "Christ is the center of our program." The center offers art therapy, recreation therapy, "and we do a lot of service work in the community.

The program is 12 months, $24,000 a year per resident. "All of our ladies are on full or partial scholarship so they are unable to pay for their tuition. We are in desperate need of partnerships with churches, businesses, and individuals to help fund our program," she said.

The cause is a worthy one, Giboney said, "because it is absolutely transforming these women and changing their lives. In turn it will change their children's lives, their families, and break generational curses. It is a ripple effect of healing that can be seen across generations."

Saturday's concert lineup includes Hawk's own band, Tone Lab Society.

"We just want to help," said Hawk, who has been playing music since he was 14 and bought his first guitar at the former Zinn Music, which used to be on South Ninth Street in downtown Noblesville.

He currently plays plays guitar and harmonica, sings vocals and writes and produces music. For more than five years, he performed with the late Matt Wariner (and wears a tattoo on his arm in memory of Wariner, who tragically died in an auto accident in 2010). Through networking, Hawk has met and gained music advice from many talented musicians.

Tone Lab Society also features Jimmy Hammond, Tim Mendenhall and Kenny Kipp. "The guys who are with me are so talented. Everyone is on the same page. We enjoy playing and to be able to use our gift for something that brings a positive light to the subject."

Hawk said the concert and all of the bands are family friendly. "At the end of the day, it's all about family," he said. "My sons, Kenton, Isaiah and my beautiful fiance, Jordan Jamison, are my backbone with all I do. I have very fortunate to have them in my corner," Hawk said.

The lineup also features local bands, Zach Craft at 4 p.m., Thomas Wayne Pruitt at 5 p.m., Frigginaires at 6 p.m., The Unit at 7:05 p.m. and Boggy Branch Band at 8:10 p.m. Tone Lab Society will play at 9:15 p.m., with an All-Star Jam at 10:45 p.m. Craft is from Noblesville. Pruitt from Anderson, Frigginaires' lead guitarist Mark Willock is from Westfield, The Unit's Dr. Dion Chavis is from Indy, Boggy Branch Band's lead singer and songwriter Mac Brewer and drummer Trent Flynn are from Anderson. Trent Flynn is the brother of Brent Flynn and Brian Flynn of the nationally signed band, Flynnville Train.

Dozens of volunteers have come forward to help with the concert, Hawk said. Keyboard player Byron Johnson, son of the late Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson, who played with the late jazz greats Wes Montgomery and Benny Coe, is doing sound for the concert.

Guest speakers, including a real-life recovered addict, Freddie King, will talk during 10- and 15-minute intermission between bands. Matteo's, Ristorante Italiano and Big D's Dawgs will offer food. Donations from the day go to Transformations.

Hawk hopes everyone will come out in support on Saturday. "It's going to be a good time," he said. "We just want to help."

For more about the center, visit http://transformationscfh.org/ or on Facebook or Recovery Rocks on Facebook.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com

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