B.C. Liquor stores support dry grad

Chocolates offered for donations that remain in area to benefit local students

  • Mar. 9, 2017 11:00 a.m.

B.C. Liquor Stores are once again encouraging customers to support the annual Support Dry Grad campaign, an initiative that raises funds for public and independent schools to host safe, alcohol-free celebration events for graduating high school students.

Chocolates are being sold in stores for $1 with all the proceeds going directly to schools in the local community. The campaign runs until March 31 at which time the money is divided up, based on the number of graduating students in each school.

Almost $365,000 was raised last year for dry grad events. Some of the activities included:

Camping and watersport weekend;

Banquet and social;

Vancouver harbour cruise;

Chaperoned dance with DJ;

Event at the Vancouver Aquarium; and

Supervised games at Burnaby 8 Rinks.

“This is the 17th year that B.C. Liquor Stores have participated in the Support Dry Grad campaign and they are proud to assist graduating high-school students across the province to safely enjoy an important milestone in their lives,” said Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO, Liquor Distribution Branch.

This year, 55 public school districts and 59 independent schools have applied for funding. All participating schools must sign an agreement that the money is only to be used toward graduation celebrations that are alcohol-free.

B.C. Liquor Stores’ Support Dry Grad campaign reinforces its commitment to corporate social responsibility, preventing underage drinking and giving back to the communities it serves.

“This is a great campaign because it not only celebrates the accomplishment of graduating from high school, but also promotes the importance of health and safety for youth,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “There are all kinds of ways to have fun, and for minors that has to be without alcohol.”

B.C. Liquor Stores’ Support Dry Grad initiative has collected $6.2 million since 2001.

Submitted by B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch