ENID, Okla. — Mentors are needed for the 12th annual Girls' Abstinence Tea, scheduled for Sept. 18, 2019, at Stride Bank Center in Enid.

The character-based tea event is hosted for seventh-grade girls by Parenting Resource Center, a ministry of Hope Outreach, and every school system in Garfield County, plus Hennessey, participates, said Parenting Resource Center Director Ann Price.

This year promises to have a record number of girls participate, with 507 girls already registered for the event. That record turnout also requires a record number of mentors, Price said.

The girls are matched, seven girls to each mentor, at eight-seat tables for the tea, lunch and presentation by speaker Carol Sallee. This year, that means having 73 mentors to oversee 73 tables.

"It just takes a lot of people to make it all happen," Price said.

She and Parenting Resource Center administrative assistant Dena Stratton already have signed up 58 mentors, but still are in need of 15 more to pull off the event.

Price said female adult mentors of strong character, who are dedicated to the message of abstinence for teens, are needed to interact with the girls at the abstinence tea.

Each mentor will be responsible for decorating their table on Sept. 17, and will be with the girls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Anyone interested in mentoring for the event can contact Stratton at (580) 237-2292.

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