BRANFORD — It’s been six months since Joe Deane lost his battle against drug addiction, but his family is still fighting for those who still have time.

Following his death in December 2018 from an overdose of pure fentanyl, the Deane family of Madison founded demandZero, to combat the growing opioid epidemic plaguing so many communities and families in the Greater New Haven area.

On Wednesday, June 19 from 5-9 p.m., demandZero will host a summer cookout and auction at the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford to raise funds for the purchase of a drug detection canine and surveillance equipment for the New Haven Police Department.

Guests will enjoy a down home country barbeque and an open bar featuring beverages from the brewery as well as Hamden’s Attitude Vodka. There will be live music from local band, Shoreline Connection, a live auction, and raffle.

Luxury auction items include tickets to Hamiltion in NYC, Patriots and Yankee tickets, an African Safari and Caribbean cruises.

While demandZero focuses on halting the trade of drugs in New Haven and their flow to the Shoreline, the opioid epidemic is a national crisis. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that between 2011 and 2016 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl dramatically increased. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

Asked why this event is so important, Deane’s mother Lisa shared,“demandZero’s mission is to halt access to deadly drugs in New Haven, and that means action immediately. The fundraiser was created because we are partnering with the New Haven Police Department for much needed resources.”

For more information and to purchase tickets for the event go to: or call 203-530-2339

Connecticut Media Group