Gypsum hosts post-prom party at recreation center

The Eagle Valley Youth Coalition is among several local groups hosting an April 16 "glow party" at the Gypsum Recreation Center. The event is open to any high school student in the valley, and is intended to provide a fun, drug- and alcohol-free celebration after Saturday's proms.

UPDATE: In consideration of potentially hazardous weekend weather, organizers have decided to postpone the Glow Party that was scheduled tonight at the Gypsum Recreation Center. Organizers say the event will be rescheduled in the near future.

EAGLE COUNTY — Hundreds of local teens will be celebrating a rite of passage with prom Saturday, while locals will simultaneously don neon and retro one-piece outfits during Vail’s closing weekend festivities.

“We urge everyone to plan smart transportation options to help ensure a safe weekend for yourself, local children and anyone out on the roads,” said Michelle Stecher, executive director of the Eagle River Youth Coalition. The coalition is partnering with the Gore Range DUI Task Force with increased efforts during the weekend, with events including prom night for Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley high schools, as well as closing weekend at Vail Mountain. Police will step up the efforts to catch students drinking and driving as well as minors in possession of alcohol to help ensure safe roads during the weekend. Please plan for safe, sober transportation whether your plans include prom or other festivities.

The Youth Coalition has also teamed up with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Valley High School’s Devils Against Destructive Decisions and the Eagle County Prevention Committee to offer Glow Party, a fun, sober, free night at the Gypsum Recreation Center. Glow Party is open to any high school student, regardless of whether they attend prom or not.

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“The intent is for students to arrive sober, stay sober and drive safe,” Stecher said. Glow Party is from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. starting Saturday night. Students will be able to swim, climb on the rockwall, play basketball and other games and will have a chance to win prizes.

“The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is committed to encouraging local youth to avoid the temptations of partaking in alcohol and drugs,” Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy and School Resource Officer Megan Heil said. “When our community looks for ways to keep youth safe, we live in a better place. The Glow Party does just this — keeps kids safe. We are expecting a great turnout and are looking forward to a safe night for all.”

One-third of all alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June — prom and graduation season. “The Glow Party is a great alternative to risky decisions that people tend to make after prom,” said Jaycey Beard, and Eagle Valley High School senior. “It’s a way to continue to have a fun night even after prom is over. Plus, you shouldn’t have to convince your parents to go let you go.”

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