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By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Prom night is often one of the most memorable moments of a student’s high school years. Now, one North Texas organization wants to make sure that local teens stay “buzz free” on that special night. And for that pledge, students can receive a free prom dress or tuxedo.

Gossamer gowns and embellished evening wear fill a room at Saint Luke Church in Dallas. But those racks hold more than just dazzling dresses. Every outfit – prom dress or tuxedo – is a tangible reminder of a prom promise that some North Texas students have pledged to make on a cherished night.

“Every teenager should know to stay away from alcohol on prom night,” explained Kourtney Hall, a junior at Duncanville High School. “It’s your prom night. Why would you want to drink and ruin that moment you’ll never have again?”

Hall spoke to CBS 11 News while picking a new dress for her prom night. “This is the dress I’ll be showing off at prom,” she said, modeling her selection. And the only cost that Hall will incur is a continued promise to stay drug and alcohol free on that night.

“We help them to continue to deliver the message about the effects of alcohol and drugs, the law, what the consequences are,” explained Cyndie Stanley with Buzz Free Promises. The organization’s Dress and Tux Giveaway is an annual event that encourages and educates teenagers about the dangers that drug and alcohol use can pose, especially on prom night.

Debbie Shield with Buzz Free Promises said, “This program helps students learn about the consequences of drug abuse and alcohol, as well as gives them an incentive to be drug and alcohol free. Who wouldn’t want one of these beautiful dresses to stand out at the prom and say: ‘I choose to be alcohol and drug free’?”

About 200 students from Dallas County have already made their prom pledge, a promise that comes with one stylish privilege. “Bad things happen when you’re under the influence,” said Duncanville High School junior and program participant Shatabia Borner. “I just don’t think you should do it on your prom night.”

Teens interested in participating in the Buzz Free Promises program can register online. The application process requires a short essay about the importance of being drug and alcohol free on prom night. The deadline for applications is March 25. Click here to apply and see more information.

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