Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, or ASAP, of Anderson County hosted a contest for selecting an â€œAlly of the Year.â€ Candidates for the award were nominated by community members for their passion for creating a healthy and productive Anderson County. They are united by one goal: to use their leadership, influence, and communication skills to raise funds to help prevent and reduce substance abuse in Anderson County. Each dollar raised by the candidates counted as one vote.
Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers was the top fundraiser, bringing in more than $1,850. Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenny Morgan was the first runner-up, raising more than $1,200. Anderson County School Superintendent Tim Parrott was the second runner-up, adding $1,100.
ASAP has made significant reductions in the number of Anderson County students who have used alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana, a press release said. However, ASAP relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to continue these efforts, the press release said. Proceeds from the 2017 Anderson County Ally of the Year will go to support its mission to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Anderson County by collaborating with community partners to implement effective intervention strategies.
This press release was submitted by Holly Cross.