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Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services Raises More Than $56,000 from In-store Donations for Local Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 19, 2020

The customers of Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) stores contributed more than $56,000 in donations over a recent three-week period to support a drive to benefit the National Capitol Area chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The campaign was organized as a partnership between ABS and the Montgomery County Government Employees Organization (MCGEO—UFCW Local 1994) and was supported by County Executive Marc Elrich.

The Labor Against Cancer initiative retail store campaign ran in the 26 County ABS store locations from Oct. 26, through Nov. 14. A total of $56,765.76 was raised through in-store donations. 

During the campaign, customers were asked at checkout by ABS employees if they wished to donate to support LLS and the Labor Against Cancer initiative. County Executive Elrich issued an Executive Order authorizing the initiative.

Blood cancer is the second-leading cancer killer of children and young adults under age 19. All funds raised in the campaign will go toward research and patient support services.

“ABS stepped up at a time where this kind of support is hard to find, yet it is also so very needed,” said Jessica Allison, Mid-Atlantic campaign director for LLS. “The efforts of these employees are not only inspiring our team, our patients and those who care for them, but you are showing other retailers that you can have a big impact even in these crazy times.”

In addition to the in-store donations, corporate partner Tito’s Handmade Vodka pledged $15,000 to LLS bringing the total donation to more than $70,000. This is an increase of more than $45,000 from last year’s campaign.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine, and spirits for Montgomery County. ABS also operates 25 beer, wine and spirits stores and one spirits-only store. It manages alcohol licensing, enforcement, and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $35 million in net income annually, ABS profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the County general fund to pay for resident services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

Learn more about ABS activities on its website and also by following ABS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 20-714
Media Contact: Emily Detitta 240-372-2282