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May 31, 2014 6:00pm–10:30pm

Counting Stars: GLSEN NoVA’s Annual Passing the Torch and Prom

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

1441 Wiehle Avenue

Reston, Virginia 20190

Join GLSEN NoVA for our annual Passing the Torch Prom and Ceremony! The night will be full of celebration of all of the amazing work our local GSAs have done and we will honor our graduating seniors as they move to the next phase of their lives. The event will also feature a catered dinner, and an amazing prom!

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance to cover the cost of catering and other expenses for the event. Ticket purchases will also let us know how many people to have food for. All tickets can be purchased at http://northernvirginia.glsen.org/passingthetorch2014. If you would like to pay at the door, there is a place to select that option on the website. If you need financial assistance, please e-mail [email protected]

Tentative Schedule:
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Registration and Check-in
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Passing the Torch Ceremony & Dinner
7:30pm – 10:30pm – Prom & Game/Movie Night

This event will be open to all students in grades 6-12. All volunteers must be background-checked by GLSEN prior to the event and you MUST e-mail [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions!


What is Passing the Torch?
Passing the Torch is GLSEN NoVA’s annual event honoring local student leaders and Gay-Straight Alliances doing amazing things to make their schools safer for all students. During the ceremony, graduating seniors pass a candle down to students at their schools remaining in the GSA. The event is catered and is our most formal event of the year. A prom follows the ceremony.

What if I’m new or not part of my school’s GSA?
That’s perfectly fine! You will still get a candle and you can be involved however much you choose. This event is for absolutely everyone!

What is the dress code?
Dress in whatever you feel comfortable! Many people dress in more formal clothes because this event is a prom. Jeans or a suit, you are welcome!

Can my parent or GSA adviser attend?
Yes they can! We strongly encourage parents and advisers to attend. They are included as part of the ceremony and dinner. There will also be a lounge for them available during the prom.

Do I need a ticket for the event?
Yes. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here: http://northernvirginia.glsen.org/passingthetorch2014. We charge for this event to cover the costs of catering and other materials for the event. If you cannot pay for this event, you are still welcome! Please make sure you e-mail [email protected] and indicate that you need financial assistance. We do not turn anyone away if they cannot pay!

Will tickets be available at the door?
Yes, but it is strongly encouraged that you buy tickets ahead of time.

Do I need to register for the event?
100% YES! We need to know how much food to order and if you do not register, we can’t guarantee you a plate! Please register as soon as possible. This can also be done from the page mentioned earlier: http://northernvirginia.glsen.org/passingthetorch2014.


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