Honorees

19th Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner Honorees

The Team of Alkermes

Alkermes is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative medicines that address the unmet needs and challenges of people living with serious, chronic diseases. We are developing new medicines that address some of the most urgent public health and mental illness challenges today, including opioid addiction, depression, and schizophrenia. At Alkermes, we approach the development of new therapeutics with a thoughtful focus on patients’ real-world needs. We are committed to providing patients and caregivers with medicines that offer benefits in terms of safety, efficacy and ultimately, improved health outcomes.

Alkermes actively contributes to society through volunteerism, community involvement and charitable support. Last year, we developed a competitive grants program to fund innovative programs to support people affected by mental health conditions and substance use disorders and serve as a catalyst for change. We invite you to learn more about us by visiting our website at www.alkermes.com.  

 

BAV

BAVFounded in 1988 out of the garage of CEO Mark Stadler in Buffalo, New York, BAV has grown and developed into one of the premier Audio Visual Production & Staging companies in America. Specializing in servicing the National Association and Convention community, BAV is considered the Gold Standard in the industry receiving numerous awards and accolades over the years.  Partnering with CADCA for 12 years, BAV not only has been providing the audio visual production and technical support for the National Forum and Mid-Year Training Institute but has been a major sponsor of the Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner providing in-kind services of over $120,000 over the  past decade.  BAV is proud of its strategic partnership with CADCA in providing the resources and support to help create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

Jarlath RileyJarlath Riley, was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Growing up in a country right after a civil conflict showed him the many issues that people face. At nine years of age, Jarlath and his family made a big move to the United States in search of more opportunity. There he got involved with many sports and extracurricular activities including The National Junior Honor Society when he was in seventh grade, the start of his dedication to community work. When Jarlath went to high school, he got involved with the club Life of an Athlete (LOAA). This club is focused on drug and alcohol free lifestyles. During his sophomore year, he signed up for the CADCA training held in partnership with DEA 360 Strategy and Makin It Happen in Manchester, NH. His dedication comes from his family members who have suffered and coped with addiction. Jarlath is now entering his junior year at Manchester Central High School and plans a future career in medicine.
Andrea MarquezAndrea Marquez, born and raised in El Paso, Texas, has shown extraordinary leadership from a young age. Andrea has always had a passion for creating change, especially in her community. As an eighth grader, she began getting involved in her community by joining the Teen Advisory Board at her local hospital. Andrea joined her current coalition, Texans Standing Tall Youth Leadership Council, when she attended Say What!’s tobacco prevention conference. In the last two years she has been with the Council, Andrea has collected surveys regarding her community and been elected Co-Chair. In the last few months, Andrea fundraised to travel to Austin and advocate on increasing the excise tax on alcohol by one dime a drink to legislators. She later testified to a Senate and House Committee on banning powdered alcohol, and she wrote an editorial for the Texas Tribune. At school, Andrea is President of Helping Other People Everywhere Club, Secretary of the National Honor Society, and in her free time, she enjoys meeting with her city representatives and watching Netflix. Once she graduates high school, Andrea hopes to major in political science or international relations with a minor in human rights.