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Drug Free Marion County is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Annual Awards program that will be held March 28th at 6:00pm, location TBD. Our program recognizes individuals with outstanding commitments to and achievements in addressing challenges related to alcohol, tobacco or drug (ATOD) use.

Nominations are being accepted in four categories: Community Service, Lifetime Achievement, Youth Advocate and Parent Advocate. Nominees must be residents of, be employed in or attend school in Marion County.


Community Service Award

This award is given to an individual that has demonstrated exemplary actions or outstanding support for initiatives that address alcohol, tobacco or drug (ATOD) use prevention, treatment or criminal justice issues.  Often, this individual has a certain passion that stands out above others.  May be for activities during the last calendar year or for consecutive years of dedication and commitment.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award reserved for those individuals who, over time, have “made their mark” in community efforts to prevent or reduce the use of ATOD.  This individual is one whose achievements have produced noteworthy results that distinguish them from others.  Ideally, this award is given to someone with more than 10 years of experience in his or her field.

Youth Advocate Award

1) Either those individuals under 21 who have stood out as role models regarding ATOD use or prevention are eligible for this award OR 2) adults 21 and over who strongly support youth prevention efforts.  This could be someone whose activities have been identified by his or her peers or adults as being one who stands out as a leader in advocacy.  Should also be someone who is “living the life” and is outspoken about his or her healthy lifestyle choices.

Parent Advocate Award

This award is given to a parent(s) whose actions and support of ATOD issues is noteworthy.  The ideal parent(s) is one who is actively involved in tasks that are directed towards broad-based school, neighborhood or community efforts.  These could be prevention, treatment or law enforcement initiatives designed to impact youth ATOD use.


All nomination forms must be submitted to Drug Free Marion County no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Awards will be presented at our Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration on March 28, 2018.

Drug Free Marion County plans, promotes, implements and coordinates community efforts to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and adults.
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