Huntington Woods resident Rick Tripp, who recently received the Tri-Community Coalition's Power of One award, said the knowledge he can change even one life for the better is what drives him.
"We're all fortunate to count Rick as a friend and to be here this morning to laud his efforts and say thank you to him," said Olsman, who noted Tripp and his wife Margaret Tripp have lived for 43 years in Huntington Woods, where they raised their children.
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Tripp was recognized for his work as a volunteer with the Tri-Community Coalition, whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance use among young people in Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park. The coalition recently receive $125,000 in grant funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy to conduct its work.
"I love doing what I'm doing. I have a passion for the mission of the TCC," Tripp said Friday. "I love working with the kids and the schools.
"I know the chaos and destruction that drugs and alcohol can cause in a person's life," Tripp said, adding that if he can change just one person's life, he will have made a difference.
"He's a real inspiration," said Tripp's son, Mike Tripp of Huntington Woods, who was on hand to celebrate his father's award. "He's been active ever since I was a little kid doing the Optimist Club, the pancake breakfast, the Fourth of July bake-off – you name it, he's done it. It's been inspirational."