01 Sep Andy Bhatti Presents “Pros vs Joes” Celebrity Home Run Derby on Sept. 10th, 2023
As public awareness of Mental Health and Addictions has become increasingly prevalent in the Lower Mainland largely due to the ongoing opioid crisis, addiction interventionists Andy Bhatti, MLB Slugger and 2X World Series Champion Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox, One of Canada’s Biggest Country Singer’s Dallas Smith and Country Artist Shawn Austin, Vancouver Canucks Alumni Chris Higgins, Dave Babych and Kirk McLean, UFC Alumni and Stunt Actor Jason Dooms Day, Actor Aleks Paunovic, and BC Lions Alumni Marco Iannuzzi, will be participating in a softball home run derby against local Softball Players & advocates for mental health. To help raise awareness on mental health and addictions.
On September 10th, 2023, Andy Bhatti, a local, well-known, and established Drug & Alcohol interventionist and Survivor of Sexual Abuse will be hosting this one-day public event in Langley, B.C. The event is free and open to anyone, with a focus on family and friends who have a loved one who struggles with addiction or mental health.
“Treatment for the addict is typically where the work begins and ends, failing to acknowledge the feelings and pain of those around them, such as family and friends,” according to addictions expert and interventionist, Andy Bhatti, who will be speaking to families for free at this event at the Andy Bhatti Interventions booth.
Many survivors of childhood trauma turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain. Our goal is to help them address these underlying issues and target the effects as a result of their trauma. This event has been put together to raise awareness of addiction, mental health, and trauma. Addiction Specialists from all over British Columbia and Toronto will have information booths with free information on what treatment, how to access it, and where to get free and private mental health services.
These treatment centers are all offering 2 free scholarship beds away. Each scholarship is worth between $35,000/bed to $40,000/ bed in scholarships, with free aftercare and sober living.
This is a non-alcoholic event, for all ages. Food will be available for purchase including hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks.
What Do Treatment Centers Offer
Addiction Rehab Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Addiction Rehab Toronto is a fully accredited private facility that provides medical detox, psychotherapy & counselling, family counselling, and continuous post-treatment care. After treatment and lifetime counselling sessions are provided as part of relapse prevention & sobriety maintenance, included in the program.
At Addiction Rehab Toronto, program lengths are 30, 45, 60, or 90 days with the possibility of extensions. We begin with a Medical Detoxification provided by our doctors and nurses. We have nurses present 24/7 to guarantee comfort and safety.
After the physical dependency is managed, psychological dependency is treated by our psychotherapists and addiction counsellors. We also treat any underlying mental health issues as it is a common association with substance abuse.
Addiction Rehab Toronto is an exclusive accredited residential treatment facility for individuals who want to recover from alcohol and drug addiction. Our mission is to help individuals understand, recognize, and recover from the effects of addiction and to ultimately live fulfilling and rewarding lives.
The Healing Institute, Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
The Healing Institute in Comox Valley offers the entirety of mental health and addiction recovery programs for all genders throughout their entire journey to healthy living.
With both semi-private and private treatment options, the Healing Institute specializes in concurrent disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders. In addition, a comprehensive assessment process takes place that includes psychiatric, addiction, psychological, physical, nutritional, and recreational therapy assessment.
At the Healing Institute, a full team of professionals meet the needs of each client by providing an individualized approach, to provide the necessary tools to manage their conditions, achieve sobriety, and maintain a long-term recovery.
Sunshine Coast Health Center Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Sunshine Coast Health Center for Men is a certified B corporation in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Offering drug rehabilitation, alcohol treatment, trauma, and PTSD therapy by approaching clients with the willingness to listen and help clients with the problems they bring. Alumni outpatient addiction services are offered so past clients can continue to have access to recovery support resources and connections. The Sunshine Coast Health Center believes in connection, excellence, dignity, and transparency to inform all levels of care at the clinic.
Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
The Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic is a Certified B Corporation in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, offering high-end trauma therapy, mental health, and addiction treatment. The Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic believes in connection, excellence, dignity, and transparency for the 30-day stay, to inform all levels of care at the clinic.
- Daniel Jordan +1 (604) 789-0371
All celebrities will be signing autographs for donations.
Dallas Smith will be performing Live Music after the Home Run Derby. 100% of the donations from the concert and autograph signing will go to help people suffering from mental health issues or trauma.
Meet the Celebrities
Dallas Smith is a multiple JUNO and CCMA Award Winning artists, and is the one and only Canadian country artist to have 12 number one hit singles with 4 consecutive top charts from the same album. With 18 Canadian Gold-certified singles, 4 Canadian Gold-certified albums, 7 Canadian Platinum-certified singles, more than 500 million streams to date, and 2 million global album streams, Dallas Smith is the only Canadian country artist in history to earn 12 number one songs, and 23 consecutive singles in the top 10 charts.
Jonny Gomes is a two-time World Series champion who played left field for the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and the Kansas City Royals. In the 2013 World Series Jonny Gomes hit four pinch home runs and two walk-off homers. In addition, he hit a home run in the World Series and performed an unassisted double play in left field, making this play the signature moment of the year.
Vancouver singer/songwriter Shawn Austin has over 23 million collective streams to date and has made his place in the Canadian country music world. He has been nominated for the CCMA Rising Star Award in 2021 and 2019. He was a season two finalist on Songland in 2021, and he signed a global label deal with Local Hay / Big Loud Records, and has released major hits including “Tailgate to Heaven”, featuring Chris Lane, “Planes Don’t Wait”, and his newest single to the Canadian country genre, “Get You”.
Chris Higgins is a Vancouver Canucks Alumni who also played for the Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, and the Florida Panthers, as a left winger. Chris Higgins played during the Vancouver Canucks 2011 run through the Stanley Cup playoffs and currently continues his career with the Vancouver Canucks as a skills and development coach.
Dave Babych is a former Canadian ice hockey defenseman, playing 19 seasons in the National Hockey League. Dave played with the Vancouver Canucks for the 1994 run through the playoffs and the Stanley Cup final, and is now an assistant director of player personnel with the Vancouver Canucks.
Kirk Mclean is a Vancouver Canucks Goaltender Alumni who backstopped the Canucks to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers in 1994. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020, Kirk Mclean is a two-time Vezina trophy finalist, an NHL All-star, a two-time winner of the Cyclone Taylor trophy, and a three-time winner of the Molson Cup for the most three-star selections.
Jason “Dooms” Day
Jason “Dooms” Day is a former Canadian mixed martial artist, having fought in the UFC, King of the Cage, the MFC, and the AFC. During his fighting years, Jason studied acting and transitioned to film after his fighting career as a stunt actor in Vancouver, British Columbia. Included in his acting career is his role in the Dwayne Johnson movie Skyscraper, channeling both his acting and stunt work ability.
Aleks Paunovic is a Canadian actor known for his roles in TV and films including Arctic Air, Van Hesling, Snowpiercer, Hawkeye, and more. Aleks has been nominated 3 times for Leo Awards: in 2018 for Best Lead Performance by a Male, in 2019 for Best Supporting Performance by a Male, and in 2022 for Best Leading Performance by a Male.
Marco Iannuzzi is a Canadian wide receiver alumnus of the BC Lions. Marco is an official Canadian honour recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers which was presented by the Governor General of Canada, and is a Harvard University graduate. In his career, Marco completed many awards including the titles of Grey Cup Champion in 2011, Recipient of the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2016, and the Sovereigns’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018.
Date: Sunday, September 10th Information booths 12:30 pm -330pm
Location: McLeod Athletic Park, Langley, BC
5687 216 St, Langley Twp, BC V2Y 2N5
Autograph Signing 1:30 pm -3:00pm
Home Run Derby is from 3:00-4:30 pm
Dallas Smith 4:30-5:30 pm
Time: 1:00 pm-5:30pm