Brown: Be safe and well-dressed during prom season

Annual giveaway April 10-12

PHILADELPHIA, April 2 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., is hosting her annual prom safety event and gown giveaway from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11; and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12; at Greater Bibleway Temple, 1461 N. 52nd St.

Boys who attend will have a selection of suits to choose from as well.

Friday's event will include students modeling some of the available formalwear at 6 p.m. Students will model some of the donated suits, dresses, beauty products and accessories. Following the fashion display, students will be asked to sign a safety pledge for their prom.

Students attending the giveaway will learn about "Prom Night Safety." Underage drinking laws will be discussed, including the state’s zero-tolerance rule, which considers an underage driver intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content as low as 0.02 percent.

All attendees will also receive a pamphlet entitled "It’s Your Prom," which discusses Act 66 of 2011, the state’s Good Samaritan law for the underage consumption or possession of alcohol, and encourages an underage person to call for aid for another person whose life appears to be endangered from alcohol abuse. This law provides some legal protection for the person making the call. It may allow that person to save somebody’s life.

"This has been a tremendous success the past few years," Brown said. "I know our youth face peer pressures, which seem to grow on prom night. I hope we can provide them with the information they need to protect themselves and make smart decisions. I want the students to have a night of glamour and, while they are picking out their outfits, have a chance to learn the importance of treating their dates, as well as themselves, with respect."

In addition to the gowns and suits, Brown’s office also is collecting accessories such as jewelry and purses for girls and ties for boys, as well as shoes and belts for both.

Brown’s office is still accepting donations for the event as well. People who wish to donate any of the prom-related items for this event should contact Brown’s constituent service office at 215-879-6615.