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Foundation Presents Lights, Camera, Recovery

A unique evening will be hosted by the Pine Rest Foundation at Celebration! Cinema North on Sept. 13. The event, Lights, Camera, Recovery, features Kurt Schemper, the Emmy Award winning Hollywood producer of the A&E television show Intervention. A Grand Rapids native, Schemper will premier clips of the reality show that vividly portrays the trauma of addictions and the challenging path to recovery.  

Schemper is eager to share the message that addictions can be treated and recovery is possible. He currently serves as supervising producer on the series. In 2009, he was a recipient of an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Series for his work on the show.  

He lives in Los Angeles, Calif., with his wife Amy. He has been actively involved in the entertainment business since first moving to Los Angeles in 1997.  

Schemper is a graduate of Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Mich., and Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. Upon graduation he traveled west in pursuit of a career in entertainment. His television career began at the sitcom factory Carsey-Werner (That ‘70s Show, The Cosby Show) where he oversaw post production work on all series.    

He felt called to Hollywood, and even there he openly communicates that his “deep gladness is Jesus.” His personal story is inspiring and his program, Intervention, is thought provoking.  

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has extensive addiction services providing the full continuum of care. There are 125 residential addiction beds including a detoxification unit; an outpatient opioids detoxification program; and intensive outpatient care for substance use disorders at 11 licensed West Michigan locations for adults, adolescents and families.  

Proceeds from the Lights, Camera, Recovery event will:
·         Complete a facility project for the Intensive Outpatient Program;
·         Initiate Trauma Informed Care Treatment in our Substance Use Disorder Residential Program; ·         Allow Access to Detox Services for Clients with Financial Hardship.  

The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with the theatre premiere beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at: Tickets are $75 and business attire is suggested.  

Note:  Arrangements can be made for Kurt Schemper to do phone interviews prior to the event, and he will be available for interviews in person on the day of the event, Sept. 13 .


About the Pine Rest Foundation
The Pine Rest Foundation exists to provide Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services with financial resources and community support so its ministry of behavioral health care can flourish and be enhanced.   

About Pine Rest
Pine Rest, one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., has served the greater Grand Rapids and national community for more than 100 years. It offers a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.