BC Liquor Stores raise nearly $300k for booze-free grad parties

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BC Liquor Stores have raised $278,158 to support the glitz, glam and fun times that are part of high school graduation.

Stores accepted donations from March 4-31 as part of an annual Support Dry Grad campaign and the money raised goes to the school district where the store is located.

This year’s campaign supports dry grad committees at over 270 high schools in B.C. helping 52,000 grade 12 students enjoy dances, mock-casino nights, karaoke contests boat cruises and other graduation events.

Aaron Davis, director of instruction with VSB says “our students and our schools are very appreciative of this funding.”

The top five fundraising BC Liquor Stores in 2018 were:

  • Westwood Centre, Port Coquitlam: $9,881
  • Haney, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows: $8,449
  • Langley, Langley: $6,480
  • Dawson Creek, Peace River South: $6,356
  • Prince George Pine Centre, Prince George: $5,665

“Providing opportunities for young people to enjoy alcohol-free graduation celebrations is a great cause, and one that the team at Westwood Centre BC Liquor Store is proud to support,” says BCLS Westwood Centre store manager Sean McKenzie.

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