New faces, inspiration grace the stage at Studio 35 event

Published 11/14/2012

“Fall River Delivers: A Studio 35 Event” overwhelmingly successful for FHR Fall River

Fall River, MA – November 14, 2012 – Lisa Boulanger, a Certified Peer Specialist at FHR (Fellowship Health Resources), addresses the packed gymnasium at the East Gate Christian Academy.

“We can’t thank you all enough for being here tonight. Studio 35 is such an important part of the recovery process here at FHR. Recovery is real. I’m a walking example of that.”

Certified Peer Specialist Lisa Boulanger performs an original song on stage.

As the Master of Ceremonies for “Fall River Delivers: A Studio 35 Event,” Boulanger shared her personal story of recovery, musical talents, and welcomed peers to join her on stage. The entire night of music, dance, comedy, and fun was all part of raising funds for Studio 35 in the Fall River Network.

“Studio 35 is FHR’s diverse healing arts program,” Boulanger explains. “It’s art, music, dance, horticulture, poetry, and more. The sky really is the limit with Studio 35.”

Regional Director Denise Silvia says that she could not be more proud of the entire Fall River Network for hosting this event. She explains, “It truly was a group effort. Every program put together a raffle basket, persons served made the decorations and centerpieces and an overnight staff member made a beautiful Studio 35 cake. We planned and organized this event together, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of the dedication shown here tonight.”

In coordination with Amos House in Providence, attendees enjoyed a variety of catered foods. Amos House, a nonprofit social services agency that provides hospitality and direct services to the homeless and poor, operates a catering company called “More Than A Meal.” Graduates of the Amos Culinary Education Program prepared and delivered food for this Studio 35 event.

A local band called Morgan’s Dream World donated their time to perform two half-hour sets at the show. Frank Pace, leader singer and guitarist of the band, is the new Director for Town House, FHR’s Clubhouse in Fall River. Along with Morgan’s Dream World, persons served and staff members sang, performed comedy acts, read poetry, and shared their talents with the crowd.

Fall River's Studio 35 Dance Crew

“We debuted Fall River’s Studio 35 Dance Crew tonight,” Silvia says with a laugh. “Staff members, including myself, have been practicing for weeks. We wanted everyone to have a part in tonight’s performance.”

Between poetry acts and parodies, FHR President/CEO Joe Dziobek explained that this night is what Studio 35 is all about. “When I walked into the room, I’ll tell you, I got a little choked up. The beautiful artwork covering the walls and the overflowing energy from everyone is just so inspiring,” he says.

Fall River staff and members honored Dziobek mid-show to thank him for “lighting the spark” to initiate FHR’s healing arts program. “He’s an inspiration to all of us,” Boulanger shared. “He sees the value in the creative arts, invests in the individual, and has built Studio 35 into the recovery process. What we have here at FHR is very special, and we wanted to thank Joe for believing in us.”

By the end of the night, FHR Fall River raised over $1,700 for future Studio 35 initiatives. “We’re so pleased with how many people showed up to support us tonight,” says Rehab and Recovery Group Coordinator Therese Bernier. “Money raised from the ticket sales, raffle prizes, donations, and purchased artwork will support weekly activities and future events that we hope to have here in Fall River.”

Overall, it was an overwhelmingly successful night. For more information about Studio 35 in Fall River, please contact Denise Silvia at 508-677-0404.