Dec
20
2012

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility announced the recipients of the 2012 Leadership Awards, recognizing the following state legislators for their strong leadership on drunk driving and underage drinking:

  • Sen. Eric Coleman (D-CT)
  • Rep. Gerald Fox (D-CT)
  • Councilmember Phil Mendelson (DC)
  • Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-NY)
  • Assemblyman Schmminger (D-NY)
  • Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-OR)
  • Rep. Jim Thompson (R-OR)
  • Sen. John J. Tassoni, Jr. (D-RI)
  • Sen. Greg Evers (R-FL)
  • Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
  • Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-GA)
  • Sen. James Merritt (R-IN)
  • Rep. Omeria Scott (D-MS)
  • Sen. Stephen Brewer (D-MA)
  • Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-MA)
  • Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-MA)
  • Sen. George H. Bunting (D-DE)

Every year The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility chooses members of state legislatures who have shown an extraordinary effort to fight drunk driving and underage drinking in their states. In 2012, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recognizes 17 legislators for their work on issues such as hardcore drunk driving, teen driver safety, underage drinking, and promoting healthy lifestyles among youth.

“The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has spent two decades fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and we’re proud of the fact that both drunk driving fatalities and instances of underage drinking are at all-time lows.  Each of the individuals recognized today have played a crucial role in making our roads safer, and our kids healthier,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility couldn’t do its job without the help and effort of each and every one of these legislators and we applaud their tireless efforts to better their communities.”

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national not-for-profit leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol and develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns which ignite action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.responsibility.org.

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Contact: 
Darron Moffatt, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility - MoffattD@responsibility.org; (202) 637-0077