Drug Free Collier (DFC) today announced that it has received an award from Naples Velo Cycling Alliance, LLC and Naples Velo Bicycle Club. A check in the amount of $3,800 was presented to Drug Free Collier during a ceremony at Food & Thought, an affiliate of Oakes Farms and a major sponsor of Naples Velo’s annual Sweetheart Ride to support local prevention efforts.
During the check presentation, Don Rupprecht, President of Naples Velo said, “As cyclists, we are advocates for a safe and healthy environment for the citizens of Collier County. While we promote cycling safety through our education and public communication programs, we also want to give back to the community by supporting other health oriented organizations.”
“This generous award will help us strengthen our commitment to local youth as they face new challenges in today’s society,” said Melanie Black, DFC’s executive director. “Our partnership with Naples Velo helps ensure that our youth have every opportunity to live up to their full potential,” Black added.
Established in 2005, Drug Free Collier is a coalition of parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement and media. The mission of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization is to unite the community to protect the children of Collier County from substance abuse. Some of our initiatives include: Operation Medicine Cabinet, Alcohol Vendor Training, Hidden in Plain Sight, and student-led prevention clubs known as the CORE Society.