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MATT stands for Managing Addiction Through Teamwork. The Overdose Awareness Walk is our biggest fundraiser of the year - This is the second year we have invited like minded local agencies and foundations that work hard to help manage problems caused by addiction, and share what they have to offer to the community. Come walk with us to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose and support those with lives affected by substance use. Walk to stop the stigma. Walk to feel connected.

Rallying together encourages people to feel more connected. Addiction is a health issue, NOT a moral issue. Stigma won’t obstruct progress once we show there is no shame in an individual’s struggle against substance use disorders. We fight to end the stigma in hopes of ending the losses.

The County of Dutchess Department of Behavioral Health will be supplying Naloxone (Narcan) to those who need it. Matt Herring Foundation will be offering Narcan training on site.


The walk is on August, 31st from 9AM to 12PM. Registration starts at 8:30AM.


We will be gathering at the Highland entrance of the 'Walkway Over the Hudson' at:

87 Haviland Road
Highland, NY 12528 

There will be live music courtesy of the Bianca Carano Band.



Marcus Molinaro, County Executive of Dutchess County, New York

A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH  Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health for Dutchess County

Jamie Cevetillo NYS Unified Court System and Former ITAP Employee 

Richard A. Berube,  Former Prosecutor for Dutchess County

Community Members:

Patricia Herring, Mother of Loss

Thomas Matuseski, Father of Loss

Victor Martinez, Person in Recovery



The Overdose Love Lock Gate will be back this year. People who have lost a loved one will be able to affix a lock with their name on it to this gate. In between events, the gate will be displayed at 146 Old Route 9 in the Herring's Friend Garden in Fishkill.


Registration can be done online by clicking the register button or you can register the day of the event. Registration for this event is $30, and will include a Matt Herring Foundation t-shirt. On site registration begins 8:30AM at the Highland walkway entrance. 

If you have lost a loved one you lost and would like a name reading before the walk, please register online and include his or her name.

For an additional $100, families can hang a banner on the walkway with a photo and a story of the loved one you lost to addiction.*

* You or your group will be responsible for bringing the banner, putting it up, and taking it down. *