Partying All Night Long

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

May 28, 2006

Saturday night was prom night for several high schools in the area. When the dance ended, many of the kids had a safe place to go. Albemarle high school hosted an all night party that was drug & alcohol-free.

"In a few hours you won't be able to recognize this place," said volunteer Vickie Marsh.

Local parents are teaming up to make sure students stay safe this prom season.

"We want to have a safe place for them to go, so they can stay up all night, and continue to party with their friends."

The 20th annual "All Night Long" party is set to go Saturday from midnight until five in the morning.

The casino-themed event, which is free of charge, features something for every student.

"They can play poker, and different casino games. Then we'll have a volleyball contest, they can play basketball, and there's a dance contest," March explained.

Parent Vickie Marsh is one of the organizers of All Night Long. She says the support of volunteers over the years makes a lasting impression on students and the community.

"We've had 20 years of keeping students safe, and there have been no alcohol-related accidents on prom night since All Night Long started."
Last year, 700 students attended all night long.

The party is so relaxed, students don't have to sign in when they get there, but if they leave early, they must sign out in case a parent calls looking for them.

For the students who come to the party and stay until 5 a.m., they'll be able to leave with proof for mom and dad that showed they stayed all night long.

CBS19, ABC16, and WAHU FOX27 are proud sponsors of this year's event.

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