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‘Christmas in September’
fundraiser to include Siva Sr.

Father of former U of L’s
Peyton Siva to tell his story at
Prodigal Ministries event

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 2013) – Peyton Siva Sr. has struggled to overcome a long addiction to drugs and alcohol. His road to recovery is one he often shares with others, bringing hope where there previously was none.
While many may know Peyton Siva Sr. as the father of Peyton Siva Jr., NCAA champion who played for the Louisville Cardinals, he has a powerful impact on thousands of people as well. “I look forward to sharing my experiences so that I can help others,” said the elder Siva, 47.

Peyton Siva Sr.

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Peyton Siva Sr. is pictured with Prodigal Board member Valerie Combs (left) and Jennifer Partin, executive director of Prodigal. Siva was in Louisville recently for his son’s wedding and while there he toured some of Prodigal’s residential homes.

Siva, who lives in Seattle, does a lot of public speaking, especially to children. “I mentor at high schools and boys and girls clubs,” he said.
He will also be sharing his story with adults when he appears as the guest speaker for the sixth annual Christmas in September – Runway Fashion Show & Boutique on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Seelback Hilton in Louisville. This event, which benefits Prodigal Ministries Inc., begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Participating sponsors and boutiques will display clothing in addition to a silent auction. Holiday attire is suggested.
Jo Ross, Fashion and Marketing Consultant, will produce the runway fashion show portion of this event. Oxmoor Center is the 2013 Fashion Show Sponsor. The event’s Corporate Sponsor is Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. Other sponsors include Today’s Woman & Louisville Public Media, Brown-Forman and Blue Grass Automotive. WHAS 11 news co-anchor Rachel Platt will be the emcee for the event.
“We’re really excited to have Mr. Siva,” said Linda Baker, Prodigal Ministries Communications Chair. Baker is also a board member and a volunteer for Prodigal Ministries, a Louisville-based agency that serves men and women by providing support to help them avoid returning to prison. The organization works with a small budget, small staff and many volunteers.
“He has a really powerful story to tell,” said Baker. She said one of her fellow Prodigal Ministries board members knew of his story and found a way to contact him to speak at the organization’s fundraiser.

“He has a really powerful story to tell. It’s a glimpse into an addict’s life He has a story of hope he will share.”

– Linda Baker, Prodigal Ministries’ Communications Chair

Siva was chosen “because of his story. It doesn’t have to do with his son having a prolific year in basketball. It’s a glimpse into an addict’s life. He has a story of hope he will share,” Baker said.
“I want to encourage people to have hope and faith,” said Siva. “I speak from the heart, about what I’ve been through.” In addition, Siva will speak about “my upbringing, what I’ve come through and finish with Louisville.”
Prodigal Ministries deals with men and women who have come out of prison, said Siva. “I’ve been down that road.” Prodigal Ministries acts as a support service providing critical support such as housing, job training and counseling. Siva became aware of Prodigal Ministries through a friend.
“Prodigal served approximately 60 new clients last year. It varies year to year,” said Baker. With no housing, job prospects or income, many who are just released from prison are overwhelmed and tempted to fall back into their old habits. Nearly 85 percent will re-offend within 30 days of release.
Siva said the recovery process is “a bumpy road.” He has been clean for more than a decade and credits a treatment program and his son as being, “a big help.” Siva Jr., who was 13 at the time of his father’s addiction, “didn’t give up on me. He gave me hope and the fact that he would be there for me.”
Mary Ellen Stottmann, Board Chair for Prodigal Ministries, said in a press release that “drugs and alcohol are often major factors leading to incarceration. Prisoners are the fastest growing population in America, with an impact that goes beyond the prisoner to their families, particularly children. That impact trickles throughout the community.”
Siva said he is “proud to be where I am today. I want people to know there is always an open door.”

• Tickets for Christmas in September are $150 each, with tables of 10 at $1,500. For more information, call Linda Baker at (502) 592-5888 or visit the website: www.ProdigalKY.org.

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