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The Bridge at Cornhusker Place holds annual alcohol-free tailgate

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

Along with tailgating usually comes the beer, but not for a certain tailgate. The Bridge at Cornhusker Place held its third annual alcohol-free tailgate Saturday.

Robert Skaggs has been battling alcohol and prescription drug addictions for 30 years. He's now on the road to recovery after being treated at The Bridge at Cornhusker Place, a local non–profit treatment center.

"It saved my life," Skaggs said. "I probably would have died very soon if I wouldn't have got in here."

Skaggs said part of the problem stemmed from drinking heavily on game days. That's why the treatment center said it holds an annual alcohol–free tailgate.

Saturday, more than 100 people came out for some sober fun.

"This is a great way for them to learn that there are things they can do socially that don't involve alcohol or drugs," Drew Tenbensel of the treatment center said.

The tailgate also features a chili cook–off fundraiser as a way to raise money for the non–profit. Patients, counselors and those who have graduated from the treatment program can all create a team. The team that raises the most money for its chili wins.

Skaggs said participating in the cook–off, and just being around his family on game day is a good step in the right direction.

"To see their family members get better and watch the game," Skaggs said. "It's a good deal."

This year, the counselors took first in the cook–off. Overall, the non–profit raised more than $1,000.

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