Paige Bell, Aayanna Kurucz and Emma Bennett help sort and bag cans and bottles for the MRSS dry grad in January. (THE NEWS/files)

Paige Bell, Aayanna Kurucz and Emma Bennett help sort and bag cans and bottles for the MRSS dry grad in January. (THE NEWS/files)

Haney branch raises second most for dry grad

B.C. Liquor Store in Maple Ridge contributes more than $8,000.

The Haney branch of B.C. Liquor Stores was one of the Top 5 dry grad fundraisers in the province this year.

B.C. Liquor Stores customers raised more than $275,000 for dry grad.

The Haney branch raised the second highest amount in B.C., with a total of $8,449.

Westwood Centre in Port Coquitlam raised the most at $9,881.

A Langley branch was third at $6,480.

Overall, B.C. Liquor Stores customers will help 52,000 Grade 12 students enjoy safe, alcohol-free graduation celebrations as part of the annual Support Dry Grad campaign.

This year’s campaign, which ran from March 4-31, raised $278,158, bringing the grand total of funds raised since the campaign’s start in 2001 to more than $6.77 million.

“We are thrilled by the level of support B.C. Liquor Stores’ customers have shown for this year’s Support Dry Grad campaign,” said Liquor Distribution Branch general manager and CEO Blain Lawson. “The response clearly demonstrates the level of commitment from our customers and employees to keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors, and encouraging them to participate in safe, fun and memorable graduation celebrations.”

All donations raised by BC. .Liquor Stores go to the school district in which the stores are located, and are distributed to public high schools and participating independent schools that are planning alcohol-free graduation activities.

Organized by students, parents and schools, dry grad events allow students to celebrate graduation in a fun, alcohol-free environment.

This year’s campaign supports dry grad committees at more than 270 high schools throughout the province. Examples of alcohol-free graduation events planned include dances, mock-casino nights and karaoke contests.

The Support Dry Grad campaign is an integral part of the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch’s efforts in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.