Annual 4th of July Freedom Run / Walk


Unfortunately, in accordance with health officials’ recommendations to limit close public interactions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have deemed it necessary to cancel the Freedom Run this year.

Although we won’t be gathering for an in-person fundraising event in July, SAC is still in need of your support. As social distancing is essential to protecting everyone’s physical health, it poses particular challenges for those who are vulnerable to behavioral health disorders, including substance misuse. Our children are also especially vulnerable to substance misuse and risky behavior as a result of this disruption to their daily lives. The need for our programs is great, and will continue to be vital now more than ever!

We realize some businesses and individuals have suffered significant financial losses as a result of this pandemic. However, if you have had the good fortune of maintaining revenue and/or your salary, we ask you to consider providing support with an annual donation in lieu of a 5K Sponsorship or entry fee. SAC will have a dedicated page on our website to recognize your donation throughout the year.

Here at SAC, we offer a range of community programs. Last year, our Prevention team touched the lives of over 5,000 youth! We could not do that without YOUR help. Additional programs include day treatment, outpatient counseling, and recovery support services for individuals and families with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

You can make a real difference in the lives of Indian River County youth and the adults that we serve every day. Support from you continues to prove that PREVENTION IS A PARTNERSHIP and RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE! Together, we can create a healthy, substance abuse-free community. Donation checks can be made out to SAC, and mailed to 1507 20th St, Vero Beach, FL, 32960.

We believe that with your help, we can lessen the impact of coronavirus on the persons we serve and the community. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

Each year on July 4th, the Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County (SAC) holds their annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser in Sebastian. Funds raised from this event support SAC in the mission “To reduce the impact of substance misuse and other behavioral health disorder in Indian River County, through prevention, education, treatment, and recovery support.” SAC is a 501c3 organization and is supported entirely through donations and grant funds. 

The Annual 4th of July 5K Run/Walk is a family-oriented event that takes place along the beautiful Indian River at Riverview Park in Sebastian, Florida. Immediately following the race, there is an awards ceremony. After the race, the annual Sebastian 4th of July Parade and Craft Fair take place. All of these events bring families and friends together to promote health while having fun.

Sponsorships, donations, and race entrance fees help further the success of current programs such as these:

  • LifeSkills® Training Program a highly acclaimed, evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program that has been extensively tested and proven to reduce substance use.  SAC teaches the program in 7 county middle schools and 9 elementary schools.
  • Re-Direct Counseling Program for adolescents – a prevention program that provides services to youth and their families
  • Outpatient and Day Treatment Program – treatment programs for adults with substance use disorders
  • Recovery Assistance Program – programming and housing for adults in early recovery from substance use disorders
  • Drug Testing Services – includes an on-site analyzer for efficient and reliable results.  Accepts clients by referral, hotline assignment, or walk-in basis. 
  • SAFIR (Substance Abuse Free Indian River) – SAC is the lead agency and fiscal agent for Indian River County’s state approved substance abuse prevention coalition

An investment in our programs is an investment in the future of Indian River County, please help us keep our county safe, healthy, and free of substance misuse. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.