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BANNER ELK — Join the Lees-McRae College Student Nurses Association starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, for a panel discussion followed by screening of the movie "Beautiful Boy" at 8 p.m., sponsored by the High Country Charitable Foundation and the Lees-McRae nursing program.

Held in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center, the three organizations will hold a panel addressing the topic of addiction before the movie. The free event intends to educate and bring awareness to the ongoing opioid misuse issue in Avery County.

Based on the memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, "Beautiful Boy" chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, release and recovery in a family coping with addiction. "Beautiful Boy" is rated R.

Established in Avery County, the High Country Charitable Foundation is a group comprised of residents mainly within the Elk River Club in Banner Elk. The group’s mission is to help people and animals living in Avery County. In the past, the group has given grants to organizations such as the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the Avery County Special Olympics, Feeding Avery Families, and most recently, the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees-McRae College.

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