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Between February 25 and March 31, 2012, customers at B.C. Liquor Stores were asked if they’d like to donate $1 to support their local high schools’ dry grad celebrations.

In total, Peace River North raised $12,329 and Fort Nelson raised $2,018, which will all go towards high schools that are planning alcohol-free graduation events and activities, like boat cruises, ski trips and dances. This money is in addition to funds raised year-round by parents, students, teachers and volunteers.

Fort St. John’s B.C. Liquor Store raised the second-most amount in the province with $12,290, trailing only one of Victoria’s stores, which raised just over $12,500.

“This year’s campaign was a huge success,” says Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. “What’s important this time of year is that the kids are safe, but also that their efforts and accomplishments are recognized. Graduating high school is probably the greatest milestone in one’s adolescent life and the kids deserve to celebrate.”

Overall, customers donated $540,692 for dry grad events across the province.

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