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Mount Greylock After-Prom Fundraiser

12:00AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Williamstown - The Mount Greylock Regional High School After-Prom Committee has scheduled two events to support and promote "After-Prom 2006" and discourage underage alcohol and substance abuse.

A March 22 program titled "Last Call" and presented by Bill Ross will be offered to MGRHS junior and senior class members. The program presents a "sobering look at alcohol use by teen-agers," according to information provided by the committee.

Ross is a former University of Massachusetts drug and alcohol educator and a former residential counselor and assistant teacher at the Northampton Center for Families and Children. He is also a professional clown and juggler who has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, Mexico and Central America. He is a performer with Screaming With Pleasure Productions, which offers a number of educational programs to school-aged youth.

On March 25, the committee is hosting its' dinner auction at the Williams Inn. All proceeds benefit After-Prom 2006, which is set to be held on June 5 at the Eastover Resort in Lenox. The event is scheduled to begin at midnight, immediately after the June 4 Senior Prom.

"This special event is a safe, substance-free all-night celebration for the Class of 2006 featuring non-stop food, entertainment, dancing, and games with prizes," according to information provided by the after-prom committee. "All members of the Class of 2006 are invited to attend the After-prom, even they do not plan on attending the prom."

The event is staffed by teachers community members, resort staff and parents. The about $12,000 cost of the after-prom is funded entirely by donations. After-Prom 2006 expenses include bus transportation to and from the resort, resort fees, prizes, gift bags, food, and entertainment.

About 200 seniors and their guests are expected to participate during the after-prom.

Reservations were required for the dinner auction, with a reservation deadline of March 17. More than 80 items have been donated for auction, including a Caribbean trip that includes a week at St. Croix and an "island getaway" in Puerto Rico, a Sunday Brunch For two at the Williams Inn, hand-designed Cheri Dori jewelry, a dinner for 10 catered by local caterer Deb Gallagher, Williamstown Theater festival tickets, rounds of golf at the Taconic and Waubeeka golf courses, and many additional items.

Additional information about After-prom 2006 is available by visiting a www.mgrhsafterprom.com Internet web site.
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