ASAP and SD National Guard honored at National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner


The National Family Partnership® (NFP) hosted their 2nd annual National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner on February 6, 2013 at the Army/Navy Club in Washington DC. This event was co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). NFP celebrated the success of the 2012 Red Ribbon Campaign® (October 23 – 31st) and honored individuals and groups who made a difference in creating a drug free America.

During the awards ceremony, NFP recognized the 10 winners of the 2012 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest (included the Stone Family from Kadoka, SD) and presented Jeb and Columba Bush with the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena National Red Ribbon Leadership Award. Both The South Dakota National Guard and Rapid City’s Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc. (ASAP) received the “National Powers of Partners Award” for their collaborative efforts in promoting drug awareness.

The Civil Operations Team's mission is to create partnerships with state and community groups and individuals to help ensure South Dakota is a safer, healthier place to live," said Master Sgt. Kristi Palmer, SDNG's Civil Operations noncommissioned officer in charge. "Our program thrives through embracing the importance of working to create community coalitions. We are not only trying to target the youth, but the whole community."

"I was shocked when the National Family Partnership called. This award shows that the fruits of what we do are seen even beyond our local community," said Palmer "It shows the success and power of the local Red Ribbon Campaign as a whole."

“It is a great honor for Rapid City and ASAP to be honored with this national recognition representing communities across America working for a drug free environment. SD Nat'l Guard DDR has been a pivotal community partner with ASAP in prevention and youth leadership for over 15 years, without their leadership and support, the great positive impact we have seen would not have been possible.”  Pam Teaney Thomas, President of ASAP.

“The Red Ribbon Campaign® is a fun, powerful and effective way to deliver focused, branded, healthy, anti-drug messages to the public,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “The winners of the National Red Ribbon Awards honor DEA Agent Kiki Camerena’s legacy by helping to create a drug free America through promotion, support and growth of the National Red Ribbon Campaign. ®NFP also announced the theme for the 2013 National Red Ribbon Campaign®: “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free™,” created by Aly Falck, a middle school student from Solon, Ohio.

Featured speakers included Peggy Sapp, president of the NFP, R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Michelle Leonhart, administrator of the DEA; and Charles Curie, former administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Other notables in attendance included David Mineta, deputy director of Demand Reduction, ONCDP; Dr. Wesley Clark, director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute of Drug Abuse; Jan Withers, president, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Ann McGeehan, executive director, National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).

About Red Ribbon Week and the National Family Partnership: Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, reaching 80 million people each year. NFP created the national campaign in response to the 1985 death of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was abducted and murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. The NFP was established in 1980, and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. For more information, please visit or