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      Ottumwa Elks Lodge to hold after prom event

      The opportunities for underage drinking increase during prom and graduation time.

      The Ottumwa Elks Lodge is hoping an after-prom event will prevent underage drinking from happening. The Lodge is hosting an after-prom on Saturday, May 3 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Champion Bowl. This is the first event of its kind and the group received a $2,000 grant from the Grand Lodge to make it happen.

      The mission of the Elks Lodge is to promote drug and alcohol abuse awareness and support prevention programs.

      "We have drug awareness trailers and fire prevention trailers that have been taken to over 100 events last year to promote and to make aware the different aspects of our drug awareness program and the need to stay away from alcohol for our youth," said Don Lewis, Lodge Officer at Ottumwa B.P.O.E. Lodge 347. "So we're really into it, we've very heavy into our students and we really want to support them and let them know that the Elks are here for them."

      Saturday's event will have bowling, prizes, a caricature artist and more.

      Lewis said they will take all the volunteers they can get, so if you are a parent or responsible adult and would like to volunteer, show up at the event Saturday and the group will find a place for you.