Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe

Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe

The Allstate Foundation awards grand prize to Gowanda teen for spreading the word on smart driving

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Austin Mahone and teens from across the country #GetThereSafe

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

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Sept. 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ - By sending a simple yet important message to her friends to #GetThereSafe, Alysha Gassman now has the opportunity to meet pop superstar Austin Mahone at her school. The senior from Gowanda High School was awarded the grand prize as part of The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe Challenge – a sweepstakes that encouraged teens to spread safe driving messages among their peers. Mahone's visit on Sept. 26 culminates efforts that kicked off in May for Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road.

"The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe Challenge was a fun way to use my social media power for good – sharing with my friends how I get to places safely and asking them to do the same," said Gassman. "To me, I feel that I won two prizes – meeting Austin Mahone and keeping my friends safe."

Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide and cancer. The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe program asks teens to limit three risky behaviors that can cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by teen passengers in the car. As part of the Challenge, teens shared photos through social media as they arrived at destinations safely and included a specific driving behavior hashtag – #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions. More than 2,160 teens shared safe driving messages with their peers for a chance to win a visit from Mahone.

"It was awesome to see how many teens got involved in spreading the #GetThereSafe messages to their friends," said Mahone. "I'm excited to visit Gowanda High School and meet teens who are making a difference – like Alysha."

For more information about the campaign, visit www.teensgettheresafe.com.

About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

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Kyle Donash