April 1 2015

Mom Who Lost Daughter to Alcohol to Speak On Importance of Safety at Underage Parties

By: Rich Hosford

Parents who are thinking of allowing their teenaged children have parties are encouraged to attend an informational program on hosting that will feature a personal story of a woman who lost her daughter to alcohol. 

There will be a presentation, called “Social Host – Taylor’s Message. Hosting an Underage Party… Everything a Parent Needs to Know” at 6:30 p.m. on April 14 in the Fogelberg Auditorium at Burlington High School. The presentation is a collaborative effort by the Burlington Public Schools, the Burlington Fire Department, the Burlington Police Department and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. 

According to the notice of the event, the evening will help parents better understand their responsibilities while hosting an underage party in their home. 

Detective Tom Fournier of the Burlington Police Department will speak about the alcohol policy in town and a representative of the Law Offices of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy will discuss the legal consequences if the law is not followed. 

There will also be a presentation by Kathi (Meyer) Sullivan, a speaker and advocate on alcohol safety. 


Sullivan lost her 17-year-old daughter, Taylor, in October of 2008. 

“It was homecoming night and Taylor and her friends decided to go to a series of underage parties,” a description on her web site, www.TaylorsMessage.com, states. “They ended the night at an abandoned airport, deep into the woods.  This is where Taylor found herself lost and all alone - fighting through the thick dark woods, swamp and river to get home.  She never showed up. There was an extensive search for her for three days. She was found; face down in only two feet of water in a swampy marsh. Poor choices from many that weekend is why such a beautiful life with so much potential had ended.”

After her daughter’s death, Sullivan began speaking to teens and parents about the perils of drinking, especially underage drinking. She shares her personal tragedy to help prevent the same thing happening to others. 


Photo: Taylor's senior picture, courtesy TaylorsMessage.com. 

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