Thursday, October 4, 2012

MCSAAC Announces Annual Meeting and Presentation of Prevention Awards


(Middletown, Conn.)  Anthony Salvatore, President of the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council (MCSAAC), announced that the organization will honor four individuals, and two programs from the community, at its Annual Awards Meeting on Friday, October 12, 2012.  The event will be held at the Inn at Middletown and will begin at 8:00 a.m.

The awards and recipients are:

The 2012 Prevention Program Award, which highlights an outstanding local prevention initiative at the town, school or regional level.  The award is designed to honor both innovative programs and those that have become institutions in their respective communities.  This year’s award goes to The EDGE (Excellent Decision Guiding Everyday) Teams from Durham and Middlefield.

The 2012 Terry Concannon Award, which is presented to an elected official such as a Mayor, Selectman, or Legislator who has made strides in reducing substance abuse and/or contributed to community wellness by promoting prevention initiatives.  This year’s award goes to First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield of Portland.
The 2012 Father Michael O’Hara Volunteer Award, which goes to an outstanding individual whose volunteer work at the local level has contributed to reducing substance abuse through prevention initiatives in his or her community.  This year’s award goes to Andrea Reu from Partners in Community in Clinton.

The 2012 Harry Eben Burr Business Award for Prevention Awareness, which is for a member of the Middlesex County business community (either business or individual) who has gone above and beyond to implement, promote or support substance abuse prevention and/or recovery efforts.  This year’s award goes to Middlesex Hospital. Vincent G. Capese, Jr, CEO will accept the award on behalf of Middlesex Hospital.
The 2012 Youth Volunteer Award, which is presented to an outstanding young person (or youth group) whose volunteer work has contributed to reducing substance abuse through prevention initiatives in his or her school and community.  This year’s award goes to a recent graduate of Valley Regional High School, Mackenzie Holdmeyer, in recognition of her work with the Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Council.

Finally, A Special Award of Thanks will be presented to Senator Eileen M. Daily for her critical role in founding the Regional Action Councils (including MCSAAC) throughout the State of Connecticut, and her steadfast and generous support of our work in reducing alcohol and substance abuse among youth.

For further information about MCSAAC activities, please contact Betsey Chadwick at 860-347-5959 or email her at

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