Walking Dead actor coming to Dayton for anti-heroin benefit

The founder of Families of Addicts, Lori Erion, right, and Valerie Brodbeck, the support group’s director of advocacy, will share the The Greater Dayton Brain Health Foundation’s Behavioral Health HOPE Award for their work in the community. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

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The founder of Families of Addicts, Lori Erion, right, and Valerie Brodbeck, the support group’s director of advocacy, will share the The Greater Dayton Brain Health Foundation’s Behavioral Health HOPE Award for their work in the community. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

An anti-heroin event will attract stars from two of television’s biggest shows May 13.

Santiago Cirilo will host the Anti-Heroin “Kick It” Tour, an event billed to raise funding, education and awareness for helping addicts, recovered addicts, the families and friends of those suffering from addiction.

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Cirilo, known for his portrayal of Julio on the hit television show The Walking Dead, was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Lorain, 30 miles west of Cleveland.

He will be joined by American Idol season 12 finalist Jada Vance for a live music performance.

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The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. at Rip Rap Roadhouse, located at 6024 Rip Rap Rd., Dayton.

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The event will be held in the grassy area to the rear of the restaurant and will feature music from local artists, face painting, food, balloon animals, relevant speakers, talent competition and a raffle.

A $10 entry fee is required to attend. Proceeds will go to FOA Families of Addicts, a local non-profit seeking to offer education and support to those impacted by addiction—both addicts and families.

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