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Conference organizers grateful for support

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On behalf of the members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the fifth annual National Rural Substance Abuse Prevention Conference such a success.
This is the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.
This year, the conference drew participants from 16 different states, including states as far away as Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Idaho, New York, Ohio and Kentucky, all of whom were exposed to a number of nationally recognized scholars in the field of substance abuse prevention.
The conference provided valuable training to counselors, clergy, law enforcement, educators, youth workers and nurses on strategies to reduce alcohol and drug use among youth.
Many of our visitors commented on Lancaster’s warm Southern hospitality, the quality of conference presentation, and the excellent University of South Carolina Lancaster facilities. 
The lunches and snacks provided at the conference by local caterers were another big hit with those in attendance.
We especially thank the many local restaurants, caterers, printers, hotels, service stations and merchants that provided such quality services to the many out-of-state participants.
Likewise, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, which include the city of Lancaster, University of South Carolina Lancaster, Founders Federal Credit Union, Lancaster County Partners for Youth, the John T. Stevens Foundation, Chester County Healthcare Foundation, Lancaster County School District, Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. We also appreciate Lancaster County for hosting our two-day pre-conference workshop on grant writing.
Finally, we are truly grateful to the many individuals who volunteered their time to plan and participate in this outstanding endeavor, which has received national attention.
Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming sixth annual National Rural Substance Abuse Prevention Conference in 2013. “Friend” the Coalition for Healthy Youth on Facebook to keep posted on our initiatives.

Donna Herchek
Lancaster County
Coalition for Healthy Youth co-chair