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May 12, 2014

After-prom parties aim to cut down on underage drinking

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"We can make it attractive enough (here) for them not to go to hotel rooms or not to go drinking. We do a lot as far as entertainment."

The committee has planned for an obstacle course, character artist, airbrush tattoo artist, mechanical bull, palm reader, basketball, volleyball and large photo booth where up to 12 students can take pictures with their friends.

Ten parents and a couple of teachers are assisting Birch with the party planning.

'BELIEVE IN CAUSE'

Between donations and fundraising efforts, about $12,300 has been raised for the NCCS party so far, Birch said.

That doesn't include all the prizes that have been donated, including a $300 designer watch, designer sunglasses and movie passes.

A business owner herself, Birch, who owns Birch's Corner in Mooers, knows how difficult it can be when people come asking for donations.

But businesses are donating just as much money as they did two years ago, when Birch last served as chairperson of the committee.

"They're still being very generous because they really believe in the cause."

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

Twitter: @FeliciaKrieg

REPORT UNDERAGE DRINKING

The State Police have a hotline dedicated to underage drinking enforcement.

To make a report, call 1-866-under21.

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