Red Ribbon Week
Last week, Kenosha County joined communities across the country to take a stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week. On October 19, I had the honor of taking part in the opening ceremony to help kick off this awesome campaign.
Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to Enrique Camarena, a drug enforcement agent who was killed in 1985 by drug traffickers in Mexico. In response to his death, angered parents across the country began wearing red ribbons to symbolize their commitment to being healthy and drug free. In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week. The red ribbon began as a symbol of hope for people taking a stand against illegal drugs, and today it still stands as a symbol of Enrique’s belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs.
Congratulations to Carson Doty (pictured above with Representative Kerkman and myself) for submitting the 2015 Kenosha County Red Ribbon Campaign: “Being Drug Free…Oh the Possibilities!” Carson's slogan was selected from about 2,400 entries and will be used throughout the year at a variety of events. She will be recognized at a brunch next April, where she will be awarded $50 cash and a trophy for developing the winning slogan. Great job, Carson!