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Youth to be showcased at 2016 Garden Party

Fall Garden Party & Youth Awards

On October 8, 2017, ADAPAO celebrated prevention with our annual Garden Party!

The Garden Party is ADAPAO's signature fundraising event, bringing together prevention advocates, professionals, and supporters for an afternoon of music, food, and the camaraderie of adults and youth committed to prevention. The event is highlighted by presentation of the ADAPAO Youth Prevention Awards, recognizing young people in Ohio who have made significant contributions to prevention.

"The Garden Party was a tremendous success, raising significant funds for ADAPAO's education and advocacy initiatives," said ADAPAO Board Member Holly Zweizig. "On top of the fundraising, our guests had a wonderful time."

The Garden Party was held at Goodale Park and Shelterhouse in Columbus. 

The ADAPAO Youth Prevention Awards were presented to four teens and one youth prevention program. The individual award recipients: Chloe Merriman (Teen Advisory Council in Knox County), Bruce Gay (Youth Commission of Cincinnati), Haylee Perry (Youth to Youth), and Delaney Monroe (Nordonia Teen Institute). Nordonia Teen Institute was recognized as Youth Prevention Organization of the Year. ADAPAO members nominate the recipients of the awards, which recognize high school students and recent graduates who have been involved in youth-based prevention efforts.

"Our award recipients demonstrate the power of youth in affecting change within their schools and communities and even on the state level," noted Aimee Wade, ADAPAO President. "We are honored to recognize their accomplishments and dedication to prevention. We also know that some of today's youth prevention leaders will become tomorrow's prevention professionals. Showcasing their excellence is a natural extension of ADAPAO's mission to advance prevention in Ohio."

The Garden Party is supported by event sponsors Community for New Direction, CompDrug, Inc./Youth to Youth International, Epiphany Community Services, Envision Partnerships, Heiberger Paving, Maryhaven, Inc., and Ohio Guidestone/Personal & Family Counseling Services. The sponsors and the event's 55-member Host Committee are listed on the ADAPAO Events page.