Support Dry Grad campaign funds local celebrations

Support local dry graduation celebrations by donating at participating BC Liquor Stores

British Columbians are being invited to support local dry graduation celebrations by donating at participating BC Liquor Stores throughout the province.

All donations collected between now and March 31, 2015, will help fund alcohol-free events and activities for graduating high school students in their communities.

Contributions by BC Liquor Store customers and employees add to funds raised by parents, students and teachers for alcohol-free graduation celebrations. Each BC Liquor Store gives a small token of appreciation to customers who contribute $1 or more to the Support Dry Grad campaign.

More than 270 high schools in 56 school districts are participating in this year’s campaign. All Support Dry Grad donations raised by BC Liquor Stores go directly to the school district in that area or to the Federation of Independent Schools, which in turn provides the funding to the local grad committees.

Last year, the month-long fundraiser generated over $500,000.  These funds helped more than 52,000 B.C. high school graduates throughout the province celebrate with alcohol-free events and activities, such as carnivals and fortune tellers, and provided party favours, including temporary tattoos.

For more than a decade, the Support Dry Grad campaign in BC Liquor Stores has been an integral part of the Liquor Distribution Branch’s efforts to prevent underage drinking and promote zero consumption by minors. Since its inception, the campaign has raised more than $5.4 million.

The first Support Dry Grad campaign was held in 2001 and is at the core of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch’s corporate social responsibility program – the primary focus of which is helping to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

This year, 56 school districts and the Federation of Independent Schools are participating in the campaign.

One hundred per cent of the donations collected are distributed to over 270 high schools hosting Dry Grad events.