By: Steve Lindell & Mike Rhodes—
Muncie, IN—Pat Hart, 24 year executive director of the Delaware County Prevention Council, announced her retirement today at the conclusion of the annual Red Ribbon Week Breakfast. The Council’s work has been near and dear to Pat’s heart for all that time, but she determined that now is the time to pass the torch on to someone else to lead the group. The effort of the council is to help children, and the community, to make better choices, and to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free.
One of Pat’s prides is the PRIDE Team – a group of talented area high school students that entertain and teach elementary kids and the community about the benefits of being drug-free through music, skits, and conversation. It is through Pat’s leadership that the strength of the council will move the group’s efforts forward, and grow. She will continue part-time in an advisory capacity. Hart’s final day on the job will be in mid-December.
Over 650 people attended the Red Ribbon breakfast at the Horizon Convention center, making it one of the largest turnouts ever for the event.
Greg Westfall, assistant special agent in charge for the Indianapolis District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration was the keynote speaker for the event. Westfall is responsible for all enforcement and administrative operations for the DEA in the State of Indiana.
The Delaware County PRIDE Team performed a number of musical numbers, skits and personal testimonial messages of why it is important to be drug free. During the rest of the week, the PRIDE Team will be visiting 11 local schools to share their message as drug-free advocates. Many PRIDE Team members are seniors who have participated as PRIDE Team members during their entire high school experience. The PRIDE Team ended their performance with a spirited rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
A few photos from the event are below.
Learn more about DCPC: https://dcpreventionpartners.org/