The Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties is partnering with CAMA to present a Family Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Crestwood School. The purpose of the event is to promote healthy and positive youth activities and discourage underage drinking and other substance abuse.
The event is free and open to the public with food and refreshments provided, while supplies last. Food served will include hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. Bottled water will be provided. Door prizes will be given away every half hour for the duration of the event.
Several organizations and businesses will have booths set up to provide information on healthy lifestyles, nutrition and positive alternatives to drugs and alcohol. Some of these include the Paris CAMA Teens, the REC, EnPoint Studio, I Sing the Body Electric, Marshall Area Youth Network (M.A.Y.N.), Imagination Library & Altrusa, Edgar County Special Service Area Ambulance Inc., Paris Fire Department, Edgar County Health Department, Edgar County 4-H, University of Illinois Extension Nutrition Program, and Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems.
The CAMA Teens will use fatal vision goggles to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving and show the perception differences that can be caused by alcohol intoxication. Other activities will involve art, health and fitness and hands-on projects.
Live entertainment will be provided from 6:30 to 8 p.m. by BreakAway, a Central Illinois youth rock band, whose performances feature original music and covers of ’80s, classic and southern rock favorites. The four members range in age from 14 to 16. BreakAway has performed at a variety of venues, including the Effingham Performance Center, Coles County Fair, Taste of Champaign-Urbana and a number of other festivals, schools, private parties, business and charity events. They have appeared a number of times on radio and television for interviews, performances and public service announcements. In 2013, BreakAway won the Champaign Park District Battle of the Bands and Eastern Illinois University Homecoming Battle of the Bands.
In spring 2013, the group worked with I Sing The Body Electric to produce a series of public service announcements to encourage Central Illinois teens to “break away” from choices which could hurt them. For more information, visit breakawaymusic.info or facebook.com/breakawaymusic.
Family Fun Night is sponsored in part by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in order to prevent underage drinking. The Prevention department at HRC works under the Substance Abuse Prevention Program Grant with the Department of Human Services.
For more information about the event, contact Amy Delashmit, HRC Prevention coordinator, at 217-465-4118 ext. 286 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit HRC Prevention on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hrcprevention.