Red Ribbon Week Celebration in Great Falls and Cascade County

Great Falls and Cascade County will celebrate National Red Ribbon Week on October 27-31, 2014. Several volunteer organizations in Great Falls will help decorate the city in red to share this year’s theme, “Love Yourself Be Drug Free,” and Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) employees, along with participating Cascade County school students and staff, will dress up on “theme days.”

A number of other events and recognitions will take place that week. CCHD will be joining Great Falls Public Schools and the Great Falls Police Department for their “Mustang Exchange.” The GFPD acquired a 1966 Ford Mustang as a result of a drug seizure, which was restored by local high school students. During the “Mustang Exchange,” the vehicle will be sold, and the proceeds will go towards funding anti-drug projects. The event will take place at the Great Falls Civic Center, 2 Park Drive South, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00a.m. Additionally, area auto dealers will place red cars on their front lines to join in the Red Ribbon Week campaign, and many agencies’ employees will receive red ribbons and decorate their offices in support of the celebration.

In 1988, Congress instituted National Red Ribbon Week after drug traffickers brutally murdered DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who had been investigating Mexican drug cartels for several years. Red Ribbon Week has expanded and grown across our nation as a time to show our support for a drug-free community.

Anyone can participate in the celebration by wearing red throughout the week to show support for a drug-free community. For more information on Red Ribbon Week, contact Teddy Nault at 452-0881 x307. To learn more about CCHD’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program, click here.