Approximately 100 people attended Saturday’s Black Balloon Dinner at The Bridge Recovery Center. Held in memory of Saugus resident Greg Tremblay, 38, who died on March 6, 2015, from an overdose, and his brother-in-law, Sean Hurley, 30, of Peabody, who died on Jan. 7, 2019, also resulting from an overdose – event organizer Diane Hurley said the movement originally began asking people to hang a black balloon outside of their home to see how many people the pandemic affected.
In its initiation in 2016, 42,000 people joined, and a Facebook event quickly became international. “It was a simple thought that grew,” Hurley said. “I thank everyone for what they’ve done.”
During the event, guests donated eight bags worth of supplies for those in detox.