Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus joined the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County (ADAC), the Monroe Woodbury School District, local Anti-Drug Community Coalitions for the County’s 31st Annual (but first-ever virtual) Red Ribbon Week Kickoff Celebration on Thurs., Oct. 22 at the Government Center.
Chairman of the Orange County Legislature Steve Brescia, District Attorney David Hoovler and Undersheriff Kenneth T. Jones also attended the ceremony. Neuhaus and Brescia read a proclamation recognizing Red Ribbon Week, which was presented to Monroe-Woodbury Superintendent Elsie Rodriguez, who was also in attendance.
Red Ribbon Week serves as an opportunity for people and communities to unite, raise awareness and take a visible stand against drugs. Each of the eight Community Anti-Drug Coalitions in Orange County and Monroe Woodbury School District contributed to this year’s virtual events. Volunteers from the coalitions, Monroe Woodbury students and staff, as well as staff and volunteers from ADAC tied Red Ribbons to the trees surrounding the Orange County Government Center at the virtual event. This year’s theme is “Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free.”
The Red Ribbon Campaign began in response to the 1985 murder of DEA agent Kiki Camarena by drug traffickers in Mexico City. The tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as symbols of intolerance of the use of drugs continues today. For more information about Red Ribbon week and tips to keep kids drug free, visit www.redribbon.org. For more information on the services the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County provides visit www.adacinfo.com.
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus speaks to guests during the Red Ribbon Week Kickoff at the Government Center.