The 2nd Annual Adult Prom is Coming! w/ an 80s twist!
Dust off your dancing shoes and order that wrist corsage! To The Moon and Back (TTMAB), the advocacy non-profit dedicated to supporting children born substance exposed and their caregivers presents its 2nd annual Adult Prom Night benefit fundraiser on Friday, September 27, 6:30 to 11 pm at Alden Park Bar and Grill, 160 Colony Place, Plymouth. Proceeds support TTMAB’s mission, supporting the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic. A silent auction and sponsorships are available to support the cause.
In its most important fundraiser of the year, To The Moon and Back’s Adult Prom Night pulls out all the stops and nostalgia for an adults-only party for the ages. Step onto the red carpet as beautiful Alden Park is transformed into a swank nightclub with dancing and live music entertainment provided by Soul City Band, rocking the stage throughout the night. Embrace teenage sentiment by pre-ordering a corsage or boutonniere from Steven’s Florist, stepping into the Pilgrins Photo Booth, or dip the ladle in Alden Park’s special spiked punch! Nominate your favorite glam guests for Prom King or Queen, and watch as three couples are voted onto the Prom Court.
“As we enter another year of providing services for these children and families the need continues to grow. We’ve been asked support communities across the commonwealth and even outside of the state. The need is so great and these funds are so important to us to be able to continue to support the innocent victims of the opioid crisis,” shares TTMAB Founder Theresa Harmon.
Got a date? Enter the Promposal Contest to win a limousine ride for up to eight guests to and from the event, courtesy of Special Occasion Limousine! To enter, email your Promposal video to email@example.com, entries will be shared on TTMAB’s Facebook page. The Promposal receiving the most Facebook likes wins, to be announced on September 13, 2019. The earliest applicants have the most opportunity for likes before the deadline! Applicants must be 21+ and reside in the region between Hingham and Mashpee, and no further west than Bridgewater. The prize is not inclusive of Prom ticket purchase.
Nominate your friends to royalty by suggesting your preferred Prom King and Queen by emailing the couple’s names and your reason to vote them into the court to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult Prom Night’s Prom Court honors three of the nominated couples, selected by a live vote on the night of the event by attendees.
Proceeds from TTMAB’s first annual Prom allowed the organization to launch an expansive list of programs its first year, and expand to the second chapter in West Virginia, serving even more communities deeply in need of services and support. Initial programs include a caregiver support group, kids group, community presentations, consultations to other U.S state programs, and the premiere Beyond NAS Conference, where more than 350 attendees gathered for a full day summit of learning from the top minds that fuel best practices in care for children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
According to a 2018 study by Vanderbilt University, a “child is born in the United States with withdrawal symptoms every 15 minutes”. Recent statistics released by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission indicate that more than 10,000 children have been born opiate-dependent or exposed in Massachusetts since 2010, many suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is the withdrawal syndrome that some children exposed to drugs of dependency in utero may experience at birth. Currently, limited research on the long-term consequences of NAS suggests that children born with the syndrome can experience hearing and vision problems, fine and gross motor delays, behavioral and cognitive problems and more.
Initially launched as a peer-to-peer support group for caregivers in 2017, To The Moon And Back’s leadership immediately recognized the struggle to find appropriate resources and support as a global issue for affected families. TTMAB also recently released its resource book for those affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. “The Caregiver’s Guide To NAS & Beyond” which was developed for families on the South Shore that are caring for substance-exposed children, the first of its kind.
Tickets to Adult Prom Night are $100, available at adultpromnight.eventbrite.com. VIP tickets guarantee a seat at the bar and a special swag bag for $200. Group tickets for eight guests or more are available at $75 each. Your ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations and a complimentary glass of spiked punch.
For more Adult Prom Night information, sponsorship or donation opportunities, contact Andy Harmon at email@example.com. For more information on To The Moon and Back or to donate online, visit 2themoonandback.org, and follow To The Moon and Back on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @tothemoonma.
To The Moon And Back is a 501(c)(3) Massachusetts-based non-profit in 2018, To The Moon and Back, Inc. (TTMAB) is an advocacy organization founded by Theresa Harmon, MSW, LICSW. The organization is dedicated to supporting children born substance exposed and their caregivers. TTMAB provides twice-monthly support groups (for foster and adoptive parents, relative and non-relative caregivers) of children born with substance exposure. The organization serves as a welcoming resource for caregivers to connect with their peers. Expert speakers experienced in children with substance exposure are engaged to educate caregivers and inform communities on the latest in research and best practices for this population. Support programs provide a safe place to discuss parenting and share best practices for caring for children with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or substance exposure with peers. Education programs provide expert speakers and training to industry health providers and social services to help guide the care of those affected. TTMAB is committed to forging one voice as advocates for children.
In alignment with its mission, TTMAB provides advocacy and recommendations to local and state leaders on the unmet needs of the population and gaps in services for children born with exposure as well as their caregivers. The organization is committed to supporting legislation progress that aspires to ensure that children born substance-exposed have all the tools needed to thrive. Initially launched as a peer-to-peer group at the Plymouth Recovery Center in 2017, TTMAB has now expanded, serving more of the Eastern seaboard with a new chapter in West Virginia. For more information, or to donate please follow To The Moon and Back on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @tothemoonma. #BeyondNAS
A Letter from the Children of the Opioid Crisis
I was born opiate dependent with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. I am not just necessary collateral damage as a result of the opiate crisis or an afterthought. I am a tiny human who deserves your respect just like my mom, who struggles with Substance Use Disorder. My mom may have gotten hooked on illicit drugs, prescribed opiates following an accident, or may have actively chosen to engage in Medication Assisted Treatment to keep herself well and to give me the best shot at improved outcomes. I went through active withdrawal at birth, the same withdrawal that adults experience without the understanding of what was happening to me. I may have had muscle tightness, vomiting, GI upset, fevers, tremors, irritability, sensitivity to sensory stimuli, and that high-pitched cry. My parents will never forget that high pitched cry. They sat with me through it. They rocked and swaddled me, they held my hand, they told me they loved me. These symptoms may have lasted up until I was several months of age. I may not have been a happy or comfortable baby but every time I smiled my parents knew that I was going to be ok.
Hopefully I was immediately hooked up with Early Intervention, a free federally funded program that works with me to help me meet my developmental outcomes like my peers. Here in Massachusetts I am given one year of automatic eligibility based on my NAS diagnosis. Due to my muscle tightness I may need physical therapy to loosen me up, so I can roll, crawl, and walk. I may need occupational therapy to make sure that I can manage the sensory environment around me which can be difficult for me because of my exposure. They may teach my family how to swaddle and soothe me, how to keep a predictable routine, low lighting and voices, and minimal visitors. I may need a speech language pathologist to help me coordinate suck, swallow, and breathe so that I can learn to eat. Nurses may help me work through my GI upset and teach my parents about ways to keep me comfortable and what formulas or medicines may help. I can get these services until I am three years old and often need them throughout.
In 2010 there was a significant uptick in heroin abuse. This means I am in your elementary schools. Schools that maybe weren’t prepared for me and the extra needs that I often have. Due to my hypertonia I may have trouble grasping and holding a pencil like my peers. Due to my deficits in executive functioning I may be a little rough because I don’t understand how to apply proper pressure and may not understand my body in space. People may say I have “behavioral problems” but really, I have issues with sensory processing. Like when I was a baby, things may be too loud, lights may be too bright, smells may be too smelly. I crave routine and extra time for transitions. I need time to organize a new activity or experience. Sometimes I need a break from the classroom. All of this extra work my brain and body has to do can make me really tired. I may take some extra time to respond to you or ask you to repeat things a lot because my working memory may be impaired, and my processing speed may be a little slower.
I understand that you may not know all of this by looking at me. My parents may have not told you about my background because they were worried that you would treat me differently or stigmatize me or even them. You may have certain feelings about them and what has happened to me but please know that my parents, they too are victims of the opioid crisis. They may be working towards recovery or in active recovery. They are doing the best that they can and deserve your support and respect. I may be being raised by foster, adoptive, or relative caregivers. They too need your support and resources.
When it’s all said and done I need your help NOW. I don’t have time to wait for your research, your “stats” and your “numbers”. I have long term developmental consequences that my family and my community are seeing. I need you to talk about me, not just my mom. You see, not talking about me is delaying the funding that I need to get the services that will help me. I need the medical community to listen to what my mom and dad are telling you about what they are seeing and to stop minimizing their experience. I need people to stop believing that these issues are not due to opiate exposure, instead of insisting that my troubles are caused by alcohol or tobacco exposure. We know that opioid exposure to an adult brain has lasting implications so why would my developing young brain have no impact? Help me now, help me early, help me beyond early intervention. Early intervention is not a magic wand. I still need help beyond three years of age. Get me adequate behavioral health services, occupational therapy, physical, and speech therapy. Know that with continued services, and a stable and loving placement I can do really, really well. You can help me meet my true, full potential. Help my parents. When you help my parents you ultimately help me. However, don’t forget my needs are sometimes separate from theirs, and cannot, should not be ignored. Doctors: Talking about my needs will not deter my mom from Medication Assisted Treatment. I need you to know that you underestimate my mom. Provide her with education that Medication Assisted Treatment shows best outcomes for her health and safety as well as mine. Empower her to make informed decisions about what is right for her and me. It is your job as a doctor to give her the benefit of all the information available. Talk about me because I am important. I am a person. I am not just collateral damage or an afterthought.
Theresa Harmon, MSW, LICSW, Founder & Executive Director of To the Moon and Back.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting children born opiate dependent with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and the families that care for them.
As To The Moon And Back’s 2nd Annual Adult Prom is fast approaching it is time to think of who you will go with! That is why we are launching a Promposal Contest! To enter email your Promposal to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will upload the Promposal to our Facebook page. The Promposal with the most likes will win a limo ride for 8 to and from Prom by Special Occasion Limousine. Winner announced September 13, 2019. Must be 21+ and live from Hingham no further south than Mashpee and no further west than Bridgewater.
Tickets to Adult Prom are not included in this. For tickets visit: adultpromnight.eventbrite.com.
Alden Park Bar & Grill in Plymouth, MA on September 27, 2019 from 6:30pm until 11pm. This event is 21+.
At this time, one child is born every 15 minutes with NAS. Please join us in raising funds to support the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic.
To The Moon And Back, Inc
For more information on To The Moon And Back or our Promposal Contest please contact Andy Harmon at email@example.com. You may also visit our website at 2themoonandback.org or visit us on social media as @ToTheMoonMA.