In 1981, Morris and Billie Wheeler lost their daughter, Sandy, when she was killed by a drunk driver. Ever since, the Wheelers have served as speakers, fundraisers, and organizers of alcohol abuse and drunk driving prevention efforts. Their commitment has inspired many others in the continuing effort to support healthy teens and prevent drunk driving.
In 1986, at the second YADAPP, the Wheeler Award was established to honor Morris and Billie Wheeler for their dedication to Virginia’s youth. The Wheeler Award recognizes the successful implementation of youth-led substance abuse prevention STAN Plans by Virginia high schools and community organizations. All monetary awards are coordinated by Virginia ABC’s Education and Prevention Section.
Currently, the Wheelers reside in Barefoot Bay, Florida—known affectionately by them as “paradise.”
Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP)
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