More than 400 business leaders from the Washington, D.C. area and across the country will participate in Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 17th annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Drug-Free Kids Campaign recognizes leaders who support CADCA’s effective substance abuse prevention model. Funds raised through the campaign help support CADCA’s efforts to build and strengthen local community coalitions and transform youth into civic leaders to reduce substance abuse.
The Honorable William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-Mo.), a major champion for drug prevention, will participate in the event and provide remarks. ABC7/WJLA anchorman Leon Harris will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. The Honorable Mary Bono will speak in her role as the 2015 Campaign Dinner Chair.
During the event, CADCA will honor Mark Trudeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Trudeau will receive CADCA’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his personal commitment to help prevent teen drug use, support of CADCA’s mission and Mallinckrodt’s collaborative approach to addressing our nation’s opioid addiction crisis.
“For over two decades, CADCA’s evidence-based community problem solving model has trained community coalitions around the country to develop comprehensive solutions to their local substance abuse problems,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. “However, addressing our nation’s substance abuse challenges requires collaboration and commitment from every sector, including the business community. Mark Trudeau and Mallinckrodt represent an outstanding partner, working closely with CADCA to address the complex issues of substance abuse and diversion.”
“Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to providing safe and effective medications for the treatment of patients with pain and is equally committed to working with policymakers, law enforcement and industry to address the complex issues of opioid addiction and abuse, “ said Trudeau. “To be successful, state and federal legislators and regulators, patients and patient advocacy groups, physicians and provider groups, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, law enforcement, wholesalers, and manufacturers must all work together.”
CADCA will also honor Karen and Jamie Moyer, co-founders and vice presidents of The Moyer Foundation, as CADCA’s 2015 Champions for Drug-Free Kids, recognizing their commitment to helping children impacted by substance use disorders and trauma.
“Through our work at The Moyer Foundation, we’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact substance abuse has on children and families. Preventative programs like the Foundation’s Camp Mariposa® and CADCA’s community coalitions are key to breaking the cycle of addiction in the next generation. On behalf of the millions of children who still need our help, Jamie and I are truly honored to receive this award,” Karen Moyer said.
A portion of the Drug-Free Kids Campaign benefits CADCA’s National Youth leadership Initiative (NYLI), an evidence-based youth development training that helps young people and their adult advisors strategically address their local alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems. CADCA trains over 1,400 youth and adults each year through the NYLI. Youth trainers from the NYLI program Lauren Foisy and DeJohn Taylor will also provide remarks at Wednesday’s event about the impact of CADCA on their communities.
The NYLI will bring a Photovoice exhibit to the dinner. Photovoice uses photography as a means of social change. With this project, CADCA’s NYLI has been working with the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health and the D.C. Prevention Centers to spread awareness and bring attention to the growing issues of substance use and abuse. Youth from all eight wards will have their photography featured in the exhibit.
Visit http://drugfreekids.cadca.org for more details about the campaign and the Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner and to participate in the online silent auction. Follow at #DFKCampaign.