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DAO Awards & Recognitions Information


DAO Family Fun & Awards Day
July 27, 2015
10am - 12noon
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Water’s Edge Plaza Pavilion 1
4850 West Powell Rd
Powell, OH 43065


The DARE Association of Ohio is taking an opportunity to honor their faithful DAO members who have continued their membership in DAO over the years and who are actively instructing the DARE curriculum. Longevity Awards will be based on length of membership in DAO AND years of actively instructing the DARE curriculum in the classroom. Both of these criteria will be taken into consideration when formulating the award lists. Awards will be given for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years. You must be registered to attend and be present at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium event to receive an award.

Also being presented are the DARE Officer of the Year, The Sheriff James Karnes Law Enforcement Executive, and Educator of the Year awards as well as the swearing in of the new board members.

If there are any questions, or you have had a break in membership status with DAO, contact Monica Miller at the Dublin Office (614-761-9498) to determine how to make current your DAO membership.

Bring your families to the DAO Awards and then enjoy the rest of the day at the zoo!


  • This event is for ALL Current DAO members and their families, not just those receiving an award


  • Early registration runs until June 8 at $20.00 per person (Adult & Child)
  • Late registration begins June 9 at $25.00 per person (Adult & Child)
  • Price includes: parking, Zoo admission, awards ceremony, picnic style lunch, and an animal presentation by the zoo.


DAO Awards & Recognitions 2014

I want to thank everyone who participated in the 3rd Annual DAO Awards that was held at the Columbus Crew Stadium.  It was fun to see everyone together and enjoy the evening spent watching MLS Soccer.  Congratulations to all our deserving award winners and to our FIRST 25 year longevity award recipient, Dick Groves.  The flame of DARE continues to burn brightly in our communities and hearts.  Plans are underway for next year’s big award event.  More information to follow. 

Have you been to the DAO website lately?  Check it out!  www.dare-oh.org   We continue to update the website with the latest DAO happenings to keep everyone informed with conference activities as well as planned special events.

The Strength of DAO comes from its membership.  Contact your district rep today and ask how you can get involved!

Sgt. Don Wilson
President, DARE Association of Ohio

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners!
5 yr Carrie Oneil
5 Year Award Carrie Oneil
10yr Ken Klayer
10 Year Award Ken Klayer
10yr Robin
10 Year Award Robin Short
10yr Sharon Centner
10 Year Award Sharon Centner
20yr Rick
20 Year Award Rick Crossen
25yr Dick Groves
25 Year Award Dick Groves
officer of the year don poney
Officer of the Year Don Poney
Educator of the Year Sandy Kahoe
Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Chief Kruithoff