Volunteers of the year honored for drug and alcohol prevention efforts

Special to the Sun
Courtesy photoTT-FWDD chair Glen Harelson, Co-Chair Trisha Baird, and Volunteers of the Year Dick and Dianne Hilly accept a volunteer appreciation plaque event at Jax on the Tracks.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) coalition members gathered recently at Jax Diner in Truckee to honor its volunteer base for their comprehensive efforts to prevent teen drug and alcohol use and abuse in 2012.

Through the collective efforts of individuals, a new Tahoe Truckee Committed Parent Pledge was created and distributed throughout the community. Fifty locals have already signed the pledge committing to stop underage drinking by not providing alcohol at teen parties and to “keep an eye on” for visiting children. Community members were educated through ongoing presentations, outreach, and a new website that acts as a local clearinghouse for drug prevention materials in English and Spanish ( In addition, prescription drugs were safely collected and disposed of at two community Rx Take Back events in Tahoe City and Truckee. Additionally, new financial resources were pledged by valued community partners to bring new programs to the area.

To highlight the value of community volunteers, three individuals were recognized by the coalition for their outstanding service in 2012. These individuals were presented with plaques to commemorate their efforts.

Dianne and Dick Hilly of Truckee were recognized as Volunteers of the Year 2012 for their outstanding service organizing, promoting and running two Rx Take Back Days in Truckee resulting in 340 lbs. of Rx drugs collected. The Hillys also organized and paid for a booth at the inaugural Tahoe-Truckee Airfair. The event outreached to 400 community members resulting in 260 people surveyed. The Hillys recruited and supervised seven volunteers to work this day-long event. This event alone resulted in more than $1,000 dollars of in-kind donations in time and supplies. The Hillys also staffed a booth at Doggie Days in the Park, distributing materials and connecting with community members.

Unwind Salon and owner Nicole Weiser were honored as Community Business Partner of the Year 2012. Nicole and staff Petra Vlkova and Kage Robichaux volunteered for a combined total of 41 hours donating $450 dollars in products and services for the “Unwind and Revive” Salon Fundraiser held in July. This 7-hour fundraiser brought increased awareness to the problem of youth drug use and raised more than $722 dollars in donations. This fundraiser was unique in also being an alcohol and drug-free, family friendly event for community members to celebrate.

Thanks to everyone in 2012 who helped make Tahoe-Truckee a safe and healthy place for local teens to grow up Drug and Alcohol Free.

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