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Impact Ennis: Give kids alcohol, pay the price

Impact Ennis, the recently established affiliate of Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. (DPRI), is gearing up to spread word of the dangers and legal ramifications of providing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21.

Beginning the last week of March and extending through the month of April, Impact Ennis will support the statewide public awareness campaign “Those Who Host Lose the Most.” The publicity drive is a five-week program concentrating on educating adults about the consequences of supplying alcohol to minors.
Impact Ennis, the first local substance abuse prevention coalition, was organized by community activist Jane Mize in November to address underage drinking. She said the time is right for getting information out.

“Graduation is around the corner and summer is coming,” Mize said. “So we are in a good position to act, and that’s what we are doing. We will be advertising the 800 number for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. That number, which is 888-843-8222, is the one to call to anonymously report illegal drinking by minors.”

Mize said Impact Ennis will also present a “Those Who Host Lose the Most” press conference hosted by the Ennis Lions Club on April 1.

The guest speaker at the event will be Capt. Charlie Cloud of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Alvis Reese of Impact Navarro County and Ennis Chief of Police John Erisman will also attend the press conference.

Fliers and posters promoting the campaign directed toward adults who provide alcohol to teens will be displayed in select locations across town.

Ennis ISD Communications Director Henry Martinez, who heads Impact Ennis’ education committee, said the group’s essay competition for Ennis High School students has concluded. Martinez said three winners of the contest that focuses on the pitfalls of underage drinking will be announced by Impact Ennis Chairman Dave Anderson at the April 14 EISD board meeting. The first place winner will read from their essay.

Members of the Impact Ennis board are Mayor Russell Thomas, City Manager Steve Howerton, Chief of Police John Erisman, Ennis Regional Medical Center CEO Dave Anderson, Kelly Kovar, Carey Bryan, Korey McCrady, Henry Martinez, Pastor Darrell Nelson, Randy Bigham, Paul Neal, Nancy Clark, Rita Solomon and Courtney Harris.

The April 1 Impact Ennis press conference hosted by the Lions Club will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

To report an underage drinking violation, call 1-888-THE-TABC. For more information on Impact Ennis contact coordinator Jane Mize at 214-399-0815 or jane.mize@att.net.

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