Two years ago, Dock Hooks lost his only child, Charlie, from addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Here is the message:
“On November 23rd, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, New Bern, NC native Dock Hooks left Emerald Isle, NC on a beach bicycle to ride to Key West, FL. Two years ago, Dock Hooks lost his only child, Charlie, from addiction to alcohol and drugs. Charlie was in his 20’s at the time of his death. The trip is in memory of his son and to bring attention to the devastation alcohol and drugs can reek in a family. With this ride, Dock hopes to raise $20,000 for the Charlie D. Hooks Leadership Award which is overseen by CCSAP (Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention).The Charlie D. Hooks Leadership Award provides scholarships and training for CCSAP’s youth advocates, who call themselves SAPHE (Substance Abuse Prevention Helps Everyone).
Contributions to the Charlie D. Hooks Leadership Award help provide leadership and advocacy training for SAPHE youth. SAPHE youth have been a major influence in their communities since shortly after CCSAP’s inception 5 years ago. Youth from the 5 NC counties that make up the Coalition (Carteret, Craven Jones, Onslow and Pamlico) have been both models for and mentors to their peers, advocating for prevention of underage drinking and against misuse of prescriptions drugs. Recognizing the easy accessibility of alcohol for youth, they have worked with retail purchase outlets which sell alcohol to urge them to properly ID their customers, and not sell to those underage. They have advocated for parents and other adults who entertain young people to lock up their alcohol and prescription medications so that they will not fall into the hands of underage youth. To highlight how alcohol and drugs affect the adolescent brain, they worked with a research scientist from Duke University and then spoke to the Legislative Women’s caucus urging them to raise the beer tax. They have researched the economic impact of underage drinking to the community. The SAPHE youth have written letters to the editor, spoken to many civic and political groups and presented at two national conferences gaining recognition statewide and beyond.
To follow Dock Hooks ride to Key West, please go to cdockei2kw.tumblr.com/, or like S.A.P.H.E. or CCSAP on Facebook. Funds raised from his ride will directly benefit our SAPHE youth. In addition to training and travel, six college scholarships from the Hooks Leadership Fund have previously been awarded to SAPHE boys and girls who left home to further their education in college.
Please give this worthy cause some consideration. We are attempting to get broad coverage and hope that you will give the event some exposure. Thank you from the Hooks family, Coastal Coalition for Substance Prevention and the youth of SAPHE.
You may contact me (Shirin Scotten) at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dock Hooks directly at:
CDR/SEAL (Retired), Attorney at Law
PO Box 2390
Atlantic Beach N.C 28512
Shirin Scotten, MPH
CCSAP (Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention)”