Friday, August 7, 2009

Drug Coalition holds grand opening today

Organization sponsors new mentor program for youth

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Drug Coalition plans a grand opening from 4-6 p.m. today at its new Community Campus office on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

Also, the organization announced this week that the Drug Coalition has formed a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentor program for young people. The Drug Coalition has donated space at its new office for BBBS and will present the organization a check for $82,000 as seed money to get the program started in Blaine County.

Drug Coalition Executive Director Terry Basolo said the check will be presented today at a ceremony set for 4:30 p.m.

The Drug Coalition was previously housed at the Blaine County Public Safety building but moved to its new location last month. Basolo credits the Blaine County School District, which owns the Community Campus, for expediting a remodeling project for the new office space.


Basolo described the Drug Coalition as a "collaboration of community leaders focused on alcohol and drug abuse, especially among youths."

The organization has about 100 members, comprised of private individuals, law enforcement, education, medical and business officials.

The Drug Coalition is a nonprofit organization, funded by private donations, fund-raising events and federal grants. It recently received $100,000 in federal economic stimulus funds.

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