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Beer Institute donates its first grant for community assistance.

Beer Institute donates its first grant for community assistance

Beer Institute president James Sanders announced the establishment of the Beer Institute Community Assistance Fund, a charitable fund supported by America's brewers to provide grants to groups fighting substance abuse at the local level.

"Americans are joining together to defeat substance abuse, one of the most challenging problems facing our young people today," said Sanders, who serves as the Fund's chairman. "The Community Assistance Fund is here to help."

The Fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 to innovative and effective programs that fight substance abuse at local levels where, according to Sanders, "the problems of substance abuse are felt sharpest."

"As a result," Sanders continued, "some of the most effective and creative anti-abuse programs are developed at the local level by people who see the problems first-hand."

The first Community Assistance Fund grant of $10,000 was recently presented to the Midnight Basketball League of Prince George's County, Maryland, a program that provides basketball competition between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., the peak hours of drug and crime activity. In order to participate, players must also attend workshops on avoiding drug use and on improving job skills.

In presenting the grant, Sanders said, "The Midnight Basketball League is a perfect example of how a community can help its young people combat substance abuse. We are proud to be part of the solution."
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Apr 16, 1990
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