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Nikki Perlow Foundation "Play it Forward"( Photo by Matthew Paul Dagostino, for The Baltimore Sun / May 31, 2014 )
Rebecca Perlow, from left, Nina Merkel, Amy Perlow, and Kim LiPira
At first glance, the scene wasn't anything out of the norm for a Saturday night at Baltimore Soundstage. A good-sized crowd filled the place, enjoying drinks and rocking out to a couple of local bands. But this wasn't your usual Saturday night. This was "Play It Forward," an annual event that benefits the Nikki Perlow Foundation. The nonprofit, which helps young adults and their families deal with addictions, was founded by family members after Perlow died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007 at the age of 21. And this $20-a-ticket event felt like family in many ways.
Nikki's father, Cliff Perlow, played guitar and keyboards on stage with his band, Tall In The Saddle. Gary Perlow, board president and Nikki's uncle, made the rounds warmly welcoming guests, and Amy Perlow, Nikki's mother and a board member, helped sell event T-shirts.
"I feel warm and I feel loved. Everybody comes out to support us. It's very nice," she said. "I think everybody is touched by addiction."
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