Outreach’s 7th Annual 5K Walk with the John Brower Jr. Foundation

The Brower Family in August 2022 presenting a $30,000 gift to Outreach for a room naming in honor and memory of John Brower, Jr. located in the Young Adult residential facility that is now under construction.

Walking for a Cause, Making a Difference Together

In 2014, days before Outreach’s traditional Spring luncheon, a family who had tragically lost their son to an opioid overdose reached out to inquire if donations might be sent to Outreach in lieu of flowers. Since then, the family of John Brower Jr., led by his parents John and Jody and their children Kristen and Robert, have been on a mission to prevent lives from being taken by the opioid epidemic.

In 2015, the John Brower Jr. Foundation – Heroes Against Heroin was established to raise awareness of drug abuse and help raise funds to end the opioid epidemic on Long Island. In meaningful collaboration and partnership with Outreach, that same year, the “1st Annual Outreach John Brower, Jr. 5K Walk” – a fundraiser to support life-saving programs at Outreach and other organizations – was held at Jones Beach State Park, LI.

About the Event

Though the mission and message is consequential, the 5K event is a family friendly day, full of fun and healthy exercise. The focus is on positivity and hope, with the goal of keeping awareness high in helping families and neighbors on Long Island who are struggling with addiction, to take a path toward health and wellness. The walk kicks off at Jones Beach Field 1 with inspiring encouragement for participants to learn about substance and alcohol use disorders in Long Island communities, and tributes to the memory of John Brower, Jr. and his young contemporaries lost to the opioid epidemic. The 5K journey down the historic Jones Beach Boardwalk is a celebration that brings meaning to the idea that “where there’s a walk, there’s a way!” Every step makes a difference in giving back and paying forward.

How to Get Involved

The 7th Annual Outreach John Brower, Jr. 5K Walk will take place this year, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 10th, 2022, at Jones Beach State Park, Parking Field 1. We welcome participants – families, groups, individuals of all ages – to take part! To join us:

    • Please complete this Registration Form (click for a fillable PDF) and return it to the address stated at earliest convenience. Be sure to have it signed by a parent or guardian if under 18 – all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must also complete and sign the accompanying waiver and photo release.
    • Online registration is available by donating online at https://opiny.org/donate/donate-now! Registration is $25. If you donate online, please remember you’ll have to complete our Waiver form (available here) to join our walk on September 10th!
    • While applications will be accepted the day of the event, pre-registration is strongly encouraged!
    • Check-in on the morning of the event begins at 9:00 a.m. at Jones Beach Field 1. The walk begins promptly at 10 a.m. Free parking will be available at Jones Beach Parking Field 1 – just mention to the attendant that you are with the walk.

For more information, assistance with registration, or any questions you may have about getting involved, please contact Marsha Radulov at 718-847-9233 ext. 2310 or marsharadulov@opiny.org.