Martine’s Wakeup, sober picnic, at Fireman’s Field, June 14

A poster of Ashleigh from Hamden from Today I Matter’s memorial poster project, which seeks to put a face on those lost to substance use disorder.

GUILFORD — On Friday, June 14 at Martin Bishop Fireman’s Field in Guilford, Today I Matter will hold the Fifth Annual Martine’s Wakeup, a sober picnic to raise funds for addiction recovery services named for Martine Jehan who died at 26 from an overdose in late 2013.

Today I Matter is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Timothy Lally who died at 29 of a heroin overdose on Jan. 21, 2016. Its mission, according to its website, is “to reduce the stigma and shame of mental illness and addiction, and to promote the physical, emotional, and mental health of the community.”

As part of the event, the organization will be exhibiting its memorial poster project, with 300 posters of individuals lost to substance use disorder. The project “seeks to put a face to the horrible statistics and show that everyday people, from good families, are succumbing to this deadly epidemic,” said Today I Matter’s John Lally.

The event will feature food trucks, live music, speakers, a raffle, and fun.

The Fifth Annual Martine’s Wakeup will be held at Martin Bishop Fireman’s Field, 111 Long Hill Road, Guilford from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, June 14. All are welcome.

— Lisa Reisman

Connecticut Media Group