Some 250 community members turned out Sept. 10 to learn how to keep the environment safe and drug free for youth. They also enjoyed a free breakfast, catered by Darbi’s Café, and were entertained by the Blue Ridge Junior High School Choir and Nate Campbell on keyboards.
Nexus Coalition hosted “The More You Know” event for Drug Prevention (NCDP) with assistance from Frontier Communications, Summit Healthcare and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Held at the White Mountain Nature Center, the event included educational adult and youth speakers, silent auctions, a live auction, door prizes and recognition of community support since NCDP’s non-profit affiliate’s inception in 2007.
“It was an excellent event,” said Blue Ridge Elementary School Principal Dave Clark. Other activities during the breakfast were a youth nature walk conducted by Lynn Krigbaum, Kelso’s Choice anti-bullying program by Alma Banuelos, an Above the Influence photo booth, and Fatal Vision & Smash Mat beer goggle experiences.
Concurrently, other information and activity booths were provided by Pinetop-Lakeside Police Explorers, East Mountain Young Marines, Northland Pioneer College, ChangePoint, NavApache STEM Connection, Decision Point, Books for Kids AZ, and Navajo County Juvenile Probation Dept.
Also recognized with the Points of Light Presidential Volunteer Service Award were five NCDP volunteers who earned sufficient hours to earn the national service pin, including: Gilbert Alvidrez, Emilia Banuelos, Raphael Banuelos, David Butterfield and Dr. Mary Jeanne Munroe.
Speakers included Andrea Gonzales, Emilia Banuelos, Lilly Handsted, Det. Phil Uhall, Navajo County Juvenile Probation Director Arno Hall, State Farm Insurance Agent and parent Robert Pico, Beth Schimmel and Alvidrez.
Recognized with plaques in appreciation for more than $225,000 of cumulative community financial support between 2007 and 2016 were: Munroe, Blue Ridge Unified School District, Show Low UFD, Whiteriver UFD, Frances Labriola, Navajo County Juvenile Probation, Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team, Navajo County RICO Fund, Navajo County Board of Supervisors, White Mountain Woman’s Club, Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, m Healthcare, Show Low Youth Recreation & Sport Foundation, Navajo County Friends of CASA, Johnson O’Malley, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Hon-dah Resort Casino & Conference Center, Pico State Farm, St Mary of the Angels Catholic Parish, Aaron’s Rent to Own, Arizona Rangers Show Low Company, White Mountain Regional Hospital and White Mountain Purified Ice and Water.
Other supporters included: Red Devil Restaurant, Midway Storage, Mail Copy Plus, Arrowhead Café, Native American Research Center for Health, Timber Mesa Fire & Medical, Love Kitchen and Holiday Inn Express Pinetop.