It’s a good thing. Really.
PARTY stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth. It’s a reality education program offered to high school students, generally in their freshman or sophomore year, through their health course. Emergency room doctors, paramedics, trauma survivors and police officers teach the PARTY program, often in an off campus location like Mercy Folsom or Marshall Hospitals or even Sutter or Kaiser Roseville Medical Centers.
The program emphasizes driving without distraction — driving and not texting and not using a cell phone or not driving and drinking alcohol.
It’s spreading. PARTY, now in its fourth year locally, expects to reach 2,000 students, including those at Folsom High, Vista Del Lago, Oak Ridge, Roseville and Granite Bay High. In the 2009-10 school year, PARTY’s first year in the area, 480 students were reached, the second year 800 students and last year 1,280 students, according to PARTY officials. (The PARTY program is longstanding in Canada. It has a 26 year history there.)
There is a strong demand for the PARTY program from more high schools than it reaches now, noted Donna Thompson, local executive director of PARTY. Sponsorships and fundraisers like the second annual PARTY golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 21, at Empire Ranch in Folsom, are critical to maintain the non-profit PARTY program and expand it to reach high schools waiting to sign up. Corporate sponsorships from AT & T, US Bank and others are also essential to the PARTY program.
The second annual PARTY golf tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration and lunch grilled at Empire Ranch by Burgerocity. Golf begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start followed by dinner and a silent auction. an Francisco Giants pitching great Jim Barr will be among the golfers at the tournament.
For more information and registration visit partyprogramca.com.