Will You Commit to a Drug-Free Community Partnership?
The annual Red Ribbon Rally will bring together residents and business owners from across Southington Tuesday in an effort to promote a tobacco, alcohol and drug-free community while encouraging smart decisions among youth.
There were over 400 residents who participated in the annual Red Ribbon Rally in
2012, and with ongoing efforts from the Southington Drug Task Force, the
Southington Town-wide Effort to Promote Success, the YMCA and others, they hope
even more will participate when the event returns in 2013.
The town will celebrate Red Ribbon week, promising to maintain drug-free
lifestyles, during a special celebration on Oct. 15 at the Southington Town
Green. The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., is open to all and residents are
encouraged to attend.
hasn’t been a more difficult for our young people than what they are facing
today with the talk of legalization of questionable substances,” said
Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback during the 2012 event. “Programs and
efforts like this reinforce the message that we don’t need drugs to be happy
and with a drug-free community, everyone can be successful.”
Now in its 28th year, the Red Ribbon Rally began in
1985 as the creation of a community in mourning after a Drug Enforcement
Agency officer Enrique (Kiki) Camarenawas killed by drug
traffickers while working in Mexico.
The drug traffickers had kidnapped him as he was leaving the office to meet his
wife for lunch. He was found a month later, tortured to death.
It has since gained traction and a following, not only in local communities
nationwide but also throughout the world. Southington has participated for 23 years now.
Rev. Victoria Triano, who will serve
as the master of ceremonies for the event, said in a previous interview that it
is an important way to recognize those who are making the right choices and
promote tobacco, alcohol and drug-free decisions by Southington youth.
"Look around you. Everyone is here," said Trish Kenefick, a member of
the task force, during a previous rally. "This is a community commitment,
a time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to a drug-free lifestyle."
The 2013 event will include school peer advocates, peer leaders, mediators, the
Southington-Cheshire YMCA, Southington police explorers, cheerleaders, scouts,
dance teams, STEPS, local sports teams and more.
In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the Derynoski School
auditorium. For more information, click the link provided.
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