LCBO stores raise funds for Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Starting March 3 the public can help support Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) by making a donation at any of the 630 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for PAD will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until March 31.

Parent Action on Drugs has been a leader in providing Ontario teens and their families with relevant information about alcohol for 30 years.  We work directly with youth to develop programs and resources that are meaningful to them and will make a difference in their lives.  Donations from LCBO customers and employees help Parent Action on Drugs to develop and deliver important resources that focus on the information that teens need to know to keep themselves - and their friends - safe and let parents know how they can be prepared to deal with the issue of alcohol and teens.

"LCBO's province-wide store network and supportive staff help us raise significant funds and provide us with a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about Parent Action on Drug's work in alcohol education and make a difference with youth," says Diane Buhler, Executive Director of Parent Action on Drugs.  "We appreciate the support we receive from LCBO, its employees and especially its customers."

"As a socially responsible community partner, LCBO is pleased to partner with Parent Action on Drugs and support a variety of worthy causes," says LCBO President & CEO Bob Peter. "Through the generosity of LCBO customers and staff, we help improve the lives of countless Ontarians and make a difference where we live and work."

Parent Action on Drugs is one of 28 provincial, as well as numerous local charities, that will benefit from LCBO's province-wide donation box program in 2013. In 2011, LCBO raised a total of more than $6.2 million for charities through special programs and initiatives, of which $5.7 million was raised through in-store fundraising. In addition, LCBO's annual dividend transfer to the Ontario government, which totaled $1.63 billion in fiscal 2011-12, excluding taxes, supports a wide range of important government programs, services and priorities, including health care and education.

PAD thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store from March 3 - 31, 2013.

SOURCE: Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)

For further information:

Media Contacts:

Diane Buhler
PAD Executive Director
Tel: 416 395-4970; E-mail: pad@sympatico.ca

Stephanie Petroff  
LCBO Senior Communications Consultant 
Tel: 416 864-6792; E-mail: stephanie.petroff@lcbo.com