Gateway Foundation Springfield Partners with Barnes & Noble for Upcoming Book Fair

Family-Friendly Event to Feature Face Painting, Story Reading and Presentations by Substance Abuse Counselors on March 10

Looking for a good book and a family-friendly event to help relieve the winter blues? On Sunday, March 10, 2013, customers who shop at Barnes & Noble, located at 3111 South Veterans Pkwy in Springfield, can buy their books, cards, coffee and enjoy fun activities while supporting a good cause. A portion of sales from the day will be shared with Gateway Foundation Springfield, a non-profit alcohol and drug abuse treatment provider serving the Springfield area.

Throughout the day, activities will be taking place that entertain and inform customers at Barnes & Noble in SpringfieldGateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment counselors will be on hand to answer questions about alcohol and drug abuse and treatment options available. Book fair activities are scheduled as follows:

  • 1-2 p.m. Family Hour activities will include story reading, clowns handing out balloons, face painting and a door prize drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards.
  • 2-3 p.m. Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Counselor Jackie Thompson will inform customers about alcohol abuse. 
  • 3-4 p.m. Family Hour activities will consist of story reading, face painting and a door prize drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards.
  • 4-5 p.m. Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Counselor John Dunlap will educate customers about drug trends, including synthetic drugs like K2 and bath salts.

“We are excited that Barnes & Noble is partnering with Gateway Foundation for our upcoming book fair and providing an opportunity for local residents to learn more about substance abuse and treatment options. With the donation from Barnes & Noble, we plan to create a robust reading resource center and share the joy of reading with the adults and teens in recovery,” says Gateway Foundation Executive Director Kerry Henry.

There are two ways to help Gateway Foundation Springfield enhance its reading resources, supporters should present Gateway Foundation’s unique voucher number of 11015294 when purchasing items at any Barnes & Noble store on March 10, 2013, or present the voucher number for Barnes & Noble online purchases made from March 10 to March 15, 2013.

Located at 2200 Lake Victoria Drive in Springfield, the Gateway Foundation Treatment Center offers substance abuse treatment expertise and a supportive environment for people who need substance abuse treatment and their families. Substance abuse programs are available to accommodate both adults and teens—ranging from Residential and Day Treatment to Morning and After-Work/After-School. For more information, please visit

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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