Published on April 20, 2012

Come to Genesis Before Prom, Not After

The trauma services department at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport wants to make sure that upcoming proms bring good memories for Quad Cities teenagers by stressing this message: “We want to see you before prom ... not after!’’

Free prom photos

On Saturday, April 28 from 3-6 p.m., Genesis will offer free, professionally taken prom photos at the campus of Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport. The photos will be taken in front of the attractive fountains in front of the hospital. Each individual (two photos per couple) will receive a free, 5-by-7 color photo.

There also will be an option to have the photos uploaded to Facebook pages rather than receiving photo prints.

Prom-goers taking advantage of the offer will be asked to sign a pledge that on prom night they will not use alcohol or illegal drugs; they will use their seatbelts; and, they will not be distracted drivers. By signing the pledge, they will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.

It’s estimated that more than 600 Americans younger than age 21 will die in alcohol-related traffic accidents in April, May and June.

“Prom night should be a positive experience with wonderful memories. There is nothing more tragic for a family or friends than to go through a Prom Night accident that could have been prevented by simply avoiding alcohol use,’’ said Andrea Bladel, Trauma Coordinator, Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street. “We hope everyone going to the prom will come and see us before the prom to have their picture taken and to sign a no-alcohol pledge, so we don’t see them under much sadder, or even tragic circumstances, on prom night.’’

No reservations are required for the photos. For more information, call (563) 421-9275.

Davenport Central, Davenport North, Davenport West, Central DeWitt High School and Rock Island Alleman will celebrate high school proms on April 28.

A 2011 study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) found that only 6 percent of students participating in the study said they had driven under the influence on prom night. That low number is in sharp contrast to the perception that many prom-goers are under the influence.

In fact, 89 percent of students reported their schools have programs or policies to prevent teens from engaging in illegal activities at all school functions, including security guards, organized transportation and on-site alcohol testing.

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