The National Family Partnership® (NFP) recently hosted its second annual National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner, co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). NFP celebrated the success of the 2012 Red Ribbon Campaign® (Oct. 23-31) and honored individuals and groups who made a difference in creating a drug-free America. The event took place on Feb. 6, 2013 at The Army/Navy Club in Washington.
During the awards ceremony, NFP recognized the 10 winners of the 2012 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest and presented Jeb and Columba Bush with the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena National Red Ribbon Leadership Award. Both the South Dakota National Guard and the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc. received the “National Power of Partners Award” for their collaborative efforts in promoting drug awareness.
“The Red Ribbon Campaign® is a fun, powerful and effective way to deliver focused, branded, healthy, anti-drug messages to the public,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “The winners of the National Red Ribbon Awards honor DEA Agent ‘Kiki’ Camarena’s legacy by helping to create a drug free America through the promotion, support and growth of the National Red Ribbon Campaign®.”
NFP also announced the theme for the 2013 National Red Ribbon Campaign®: “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free™,” created by Aly Falck, a middle school student from Solon, Ohio.
Featured speakers included Peggy Sapp, president of the NFP; R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Michelle Leonhart, administrator of the DEA; and Charles Curie, former administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Other notables in attendance included David Mineta, deputy director of Demand Reduction, ONDCP; Dr. Westley Clark, director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute of Drug Abuse; Jan Withers, president, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and Ann McGeehan, executive director, National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).
About Red Ribbon Week and the National Family Partnership: Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, reaching 80 million people each year. NFP created the national campaign in response to the 1985 death of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was abducted and murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. The NFP was established in 1980, and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. For more information, please visit www.redribbon.org or www.nfp.org.