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National Night Out draws large crowd

The 29th annual National Night Out Against Violence at West Lawn Park drew a large crowd Tuesday night.

Hosted by the 8th district police station and other local agencies, residents from around the surrounding community, including families, kids and seniors, gathered together for games and dinner. Police officials, as well as Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) and Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) were also present.

Kids enjoyed free face painting, raffle prizes and a bouncy house well into the evening.

According to the National Night Out website, the event was designed to: 

  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships
  • send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

The first National Night Out was held in 1984.

Posted in Youth, Safety, Community Events

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