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Penn State Lehigh Valley was awarded $11,500 in grant funds from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to support its mission of preventing underage and high-risk alcohol use. The PLCB selected Penn State Lehigh Valley and 62 other organizations throughout the Commonwealth to receive a share of more than $664,000 in funding for comprehensive community-based initiatives. The PLCB grant money will support a range of initiatives including law enforcement training, community and teen outreach, and prevention curriculum programs.

The 2006-2007 grants targeting underage and high-risk use of alcohol are one component in support of the PLCB's mission to provide leadership and resources in reducing alcohol misuse in the Commonwealth.

"Today's awards continue the board's dedication to engaging local partners in the fight against underage and high-risk college drinking," said Jonathan Newman, PLCB chairman. "This grant money will bolster the collaborative effort between the PLCB and Penn State Lehigh Valley and expand the resources in the fight against underage and high-risk consumption."

This year's total grant award is an increase of 34 percent over the 2005-2006 funding level and is the largest award to date by the PLCB for prevention and high-risk use initiatives.

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