During Red Ribbon Week, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Anderson County recognized community leaders and volunteers for outstanding efforts toward preventing drug use in our community.  “Red Ribbon Week is the national observance of drug prevention awareness across the country, and an appropriate time to honor our volunteers,” said Stephanie Strutner, Executive Director of ASAP.

“Our volunteers are what make our wheels turn,” Strutner said, continuing that “through 1,779.75 collective volunteer hours, they engaged in policy advocacy, changed consequences for drug misuse, provided information, increased skills among local parents and professionals, reduced barriers by organizing medication disposal opportunities, and provided support to adolescents.”

A number of volunteers contributed to the accomplishments during the past year; however, several were recognized for their outstanding contributions.

Dave Clark, District Attorney General, was presented ASAP’s 2013 Prevention Power Partner Award, given for his fierce support for prevention efforts.  By his work, our community is a safer, healthier place.

Upon receiving the award, General Clark said, “I’m grateful for the privilege of working with many great people and organizations, like ASAP, that are helping make Anderson County a better and safer place to live.”

ASAP also honored outgoing coalition leaders: Amy Olson and Nancy Foster were recognized for their dedication during the 2012-2013 year.  Newly elected officers include Kim Pouncey—Chair, John Kelsey—Co-Chair, and Theresa Venable and Kathy Scruggs will be Co-Record Keepers.  In addition, David Vudragovich will step in as Chairperson for the Fundraising Subcommittee.

ASAP also awarded John Kelsey and Mary Tuskan with the Kris Stults Distinguished Service Award.  Kris, who passed away in 2012, was influential in the development of ASAP and the award is given in her memory to individuals who carry on her legacy in creating opportunities for adolescents to live substance-free lives.

“We are proud of all our volunteers have accomplished and are thrilled to be able to honor their achievements,” said Strutner.

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