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Virginia ABC Continues Partnership with Miss Virginia in 2015

January 09, 2015

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Jennifer Guild - (804) 325-8468
Email: jennifer.guild@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC Continues Partnership with Miss Virginia in 2015

  • Virginia ABC and the Miss Virginia Organization partner to send Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett to elementary and middle schools
  • The Miss Virginia School Tour program includes information about staying healthy, including stressing the importance of saying “no” to alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has a long-standing partnership with the Miss Virginia Organization. Virginia ABC’s Education and Prevention Section is continuing that working relationship in 2015 with more scheduled stops on the Miss Virginia School Tour.

Courtney Garrett, a Pamplin, Va. native and Liberty University graduate, was named Miss Virginia 2014 in June. Since receiving the crown, she has traveled across the state advocating community service and showing support for various educational initiatives.

As part of the Miss Virginia School Tour, Garrett visits elementary and middle schools to spread the message of health, wellness and prevention to students and teachers. During her presentation, Garrett specifically focuses on showing youth the importance of living alcohol and drug free.

“The Miss Virginia Organization, Virginia ABC and I all want to set a good example for children,” said Garrett. “I want these young people to know how important it is for them to be aware of what they put into their body, and how that helps them grow big and strong. As part of the presentation, I tell them that if they make healthy choices by preventing damage to their body caused by using alcohol, tobacco and drugs, they can follow their dreams and grow up to be anything they want.”

Upcoming Miss Virginia School Tour dates include:

January 9, 2015 George G. Tyler Elementary School Gainesville
January 16, 2015 W. T. Cooke Elementary School Virginia Beach
January 16, 2015 Linkhorn Park Elementary School Virginia Beach
January 27, 2015 Stanley Elementary School Stanley
January 30, 2015 Mountain View Elementary School Haymarket
February 13, 2015 An Achievable Dream Academy Newport News

“Starting with even the youngest elementary students, it’s important to share age-appropriate information about alcohol,” said Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks. “Because of the Miss Virginia Organization’s long-standing service in the community and positive messaging geared specifically to school children, Miss Virginia helps students understand that alcohol is illegal for anyone under 21 and students should tell a trusted adult if someone offers them alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Courtney’s platform incorporates these basic health and safety messages and does a great job encouraging students to make good choices and avoid dangerous substances."

More program appearances will be added to the school tour schedule. By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Garrett will make approximately 20 Miss Virginia School Tour stops reaching more than 30,000 children.

Schools interested in scheduling a Miss Virginia appearance may register online at www.missva.com or contact Miss Virginia Organization Business Manager M. C. Gravely at mcgravely@missva.org or (855) 5-MissVA.

“Before this partnership, I did not realize how significant Virginia ABC’s role was as an education source for information and a promoter of responsible drinking,” Garrett said. “I’m glad that I get to help be an advocate for these kids who will have to make a lot of difficult decisions in the future related to drugs and alcohol.”

A searchable list of Virginia ABC stores can be found at https://www.abc.virginia.gov/about/find-a-store.


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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