ABC Board: $11.4 million returned to community

Posted at 1:12 PM on Oct 19, 2016

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Pictured (from left) ARE Kelly Pierce, Iredell County 4-H; Michele Knapp, Fifth Street Ministries; Anna Washington, Boys & Girls Club; Michelle Rokes, Statesville ABC Board chairperson; Amy Eisele, SCAN; AND Kevin Angell, Children's Hope Alliance.

Special to SVLfreenews.com

More than $11.4 million in profits has been distributed to community organizations since the Statesville ABC Board was organized in 1973. This was part of the message presented to Statesvill City Council members by Statesville ABC Board chair Michelle Rokes during the council's Monday meeting.

In addition to this funding, the Statesville ABC Board is also reaching out to fund prevention programs through its Education Grants. Recently, the board distributed $26,000 to five local agencies to assist in their substance abuse programs: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Piedmont, Counseling Center at Children's Hope Alliance, SCAN of Iredell, Iredell 4-H Clubs and Fifth Street Ministries.

The ABC Board solicits proposals from community groups involved in the assessment, intervention, treatment and referrals of alcohol and drug related issues in the Statesville community, explained Rokes.

Fifth Street Ministries uses the education grants to house and transport shelter residents involved in local intensive out-patient treatment services, and offers on-site 12-step recovery programs and life skill classes.

The ABC funding helps SCAN provide a weekly Substance Abuse/Parenting group for mothers and is designed to show the effects substance abuse has on parenting.

In addition to mental health services, the Counseling Center provides substance abuse assessments and outpatient therapy to adolescents and adults. The monies ensure that no Statesville citizen is turned away who needs help.

The Boys and Girls Clubs provide alcohol education programming for student participants and parents.

The Iredell County 4-H is a new recipient of the funds. According to Kay Bridges with the Iredell County Agricultural Extension, the monies will be used to "further health education programs for youth throughout Iredell County. Specifically, it will be used to present the tobacco, drug and alcohol program "Health Rocks" to youth … as well as providing opportunities for youth to attend 4-H educational camps and 4-H educational programs on healthy living habits and activities."

Rokes reviewed the history of the local ABC Board and its legislative directive to use the net income for the following: 5% minimum for law enforcement; 7% minimum for alcohol education; proper working capital; with the remaining funds going to the City of Statesville (40%), Iredell-Statesville Schools (25%), Mitchell Community College (25%) and Iredell Museums (10%).

The net income from liquor-by- the-drink sales goes to the City of Statesville.

Rokes also told Council about the N.C. ABC Commission's statewide campaign targeting underage drinking. She said the "Talk It Out" Campaign is a multi-media campaign designed to "raise awareness of the issue and to give parents the right tools for talking to their children about the dangers of underage drinking. The website for the campaign is www.TalkItOutNC.org.

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