Happy holidays from the Gordie Center!  We hope you are enjoying the festive atmosphere, and have time to recharge with your family.  With so many special gatherings this month, we want to remind everyone to stay safe: know your limits and always have a designated driver if you plan to consume alcohol.  The memories we make this time of year are precious, and we all want to ring in 2017 safely, with happiness and joy for what the new year will bring!
Planning Ahead for Spring Semester
The spring semester brings new challenges for prevention, such as spring break and recruitment for many fraternities and sororities.  As you plan for your spring semester efforts, please check out the products we offer in our GORDIEstore: mirror clings and magnets with the signs of alcohol overdose (perfect for residence hall mirrors and refrigerators), posters detailing standard drink sizes and BAC charts (chapter houses are a great location), BAC cards with safety tips (great to include in Safe Spring Break packs and provide in your student health center), and even a FREE printable brochure with safer drinking guidelines!  We are proud to offer evidence-informed, student-tested products that spread Gordie's lifesaving message, and we can add your logo to many of our products!
Gordie Center Reception
Gordie's mother and step-father, Leslie and Michael Lanahan, traveled to Charlottesville in November. With the Lanahans, the Gordie Center co-hosted a reception for Gordie Center supporters, where attendees were able to meet with our staff, talk with the Lanahans about Gordie's life and legacy, and hear remarks by the University of Virginia's Dean of Students Allen Groves.


After the reception, the Lanahans attended a UVA football game in UVA President Teresa Sullivan's suite with Gordie Center Director Susie Bruce, and Gordie Center National Development & Program Coordinator Jill Maurer. The Lanahans and Gordie Center staff so enjoyed sharing Gordie's story and our efforts with our supporters at the reception, and are looking forward to hosting another one in 2017!

If you missed Giving Tuesday, there's still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the Gordie Center before the end of 2016!  Your donation saves lives by helping us combat hazardous drinking, drug use, and hazing nationwide--carrying on Gordie Bailey's legacy.  Please consider making a year-end donation today!

Until next month,

Susie Bruce,  Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Jill Maurer, National Development & Program Coordinator 
Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
gordiecenter@virginia.edu | www.gordie.org

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