ATLANTA – Georgia students, who have pledged to live a drug free life through the Governor’s Red Ribbon campaign, will be recognized during the annual awards ceremony on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD) Division of Addictive Diseases will host the event at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street in Atlanta from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Governor Nathan Deal will give special remarks via video message and Jason Snelling of the Atlanta Falcons is scheduled to address program participants during the celebration. 

Hosting this year’s awards celebration at the Woodruff Arts Center is a nod to the artistic theme from last year’s kick-off in October. “We are extremely excited that artistic expression will continue to be a part of celebrating each student’s commitment to lead a drug free lifestyle, said Travis Fretwell, Assistant Director for DBHDD’s Division of Addictive Diseases. 

Several schools will showcase their talents, demonstrating real life is drug free and participants will tour the Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Paintings exhibit at the High Museum of Art. For more information regarding the Annual Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony, please call 404-463-8035 or visit

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