Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati honors community members
FOX19's Dan Wells and Jessica Brown. File photo
community awards were handed out at this year's Coalition for a Drug-Free
Greater Cincinnati's Community Awards Breakfast Friday to honor current and
past leaders who have championed drug prevention in the Tri-State.
FOX19's Dan Wells and Jessica Brown served as emcees.
theme of the fundraising event, which was at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati,
was "Prevention First. Because It Works."
The three new awards honored founding
member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, the late Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals Court Judge Rachel Hutzel and the late Cincinnati community
leader Carolyn Ford-Griffith.
Hutzel and Ford-Griffith are former Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati board members.
following individuals or organizations were recognized:
Portman Leadership Award
Awardee: Richard N. Aft
Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati board member and former president of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Hutzel Prevention Partner Award
a Drug-Free Batesville, Batesville, Ind.
Ford-Griffith Youth of the Year Award
Awardee: Christina Duechle a
senior at Lawrenceburg High School, Lawrenceburg, Ind.
awards are a way for us to show the region just what positive work individuals
and organizations are doing day in and day out to ensure substance prevention
is the norm in our community not drug abuse," said Mary F. Haag, the coalition's president, CEO and executive director. "These awardees live and breathe the theme of our event,
‘Prevention First. Because It Works.'"