People of all ages in the community jumped into 2019 with a roaring party at the Hettinger Armory.
All across the gym, people of all ages were playing laser tag, participating in poker tournaments, and even wining door prizes. As the countdown to New Years began, everyone put down their cards and laser rifles and turned to watch the projector. Together everyone watched the ball drop in New York City and cheered with the beginning of the New Year.
To create this moment, The Drug and Alcohol Coalition teamed up with the National Honors Society to provide the community of all ages an exciting, drug and alcohol free environment to celebrate New Year’s.
Cheryl Dix, an adult mentor for the Drug and Alcohol Coalition said, “The party gives kids and families something to do on New Years. It really gives families an opportunity to come together and celebrate in a safe environment.”
According to Dix, the main goal of The Community New Years Party was a way to provide a safe alternative setting for youth to celebrate New Years, as opposed to a bar setting or house party.
Dix continued, “We also co-op with Scranton and Reeder communities on a lot activities so we also invited them to take part in the celebration. Really we wouldn’t turn anyone away.”
The two organization that planned the event provided partygoers with many exciting options to have a good time. People were encouraged to try their luck in poker tournaments, test their aim in laser tag, and lead their teams to victory in capture the flag.
The Hettinger Chamber also provided yard games to use during the event, so people had the opportunity to play Cornhole and giant Jenga. Even board games and musical chairs were available for the younger kids to participate in the festivities.
“We applied for a grant opportunity through the Adams County Development Corporation and they awarded us $333 to put toward this New Year’s event,” said Dix. The grant allowed the Drug and Alcohol Coalition to purchase laser tag equipment specifically for the event.
Door prizes, event provided by local businesses and volunteers, were for people to win throughout the event.
Dix also voiced her appreciation for both the planning committee and the local businesses that supported the event.
“Last year, we didn’t get to have a New Years Party due to poor weather conditions, so I’m glad it worked out,” said Dix.
Last year the party was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. In fact the weather last year was so cold, Hettinger was labeled the coldest place on planet earth.
This year, however, people were able to party to their hearts content in an alcohol and drug free space. Thanks to the National Honors society and the student run Drug and Alcohol coalition, people of all ages were given the opportunity to celebrating the upcoming year in a sober environment.