Distilleries to Continue Funding Alcohol Education Programs at UK, U of L

Aug 7, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Alcohol awareness programs at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will continue to receive financial support  from two Kentucky distilleries.  Beam Inc. and Brown-Forman Corp. are giving a combined $600,000 to the schools to bolster efforts to combat underage and binge drinking across the Commonwealth.

According to University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz, the money will help reach out to "those students who don’t know how to use alcohol responsibly, who are using it irresponsibly, and are using it not to enjoy themselves but using it in ways that harm themselves and harm their campuses can learn how to both not use it if they are underage, and to use it responsibly if they are of an age that they are able to drink.”

University of Kentucky Interim Provost Tim Tracy says continued support from Jim Beam and Brown-Forman will help the university maintain successful initiatives and explore new outreach opportunities.

“Our goals will be to increase the number of local high schools and after school programs that are involved, and creating a leaders of character program for youth education.  Certainly to continue our campus programming to encourage and define safety and responsibility with regard to alcohol abuse, and finally to increase off-campus partnerships and programming with local housing because we have roughly half of our students living off campus.”

The announcement Tuesday in Louisville continues a relationship that started back in 2008.  Since that time Beam and Brown-Forman have given more than a million dollars for alcohol awareness programs at the two institutions.