National Night Out to be celebrated

August 7, 2018

The Brillion News

Brillion, Reedsville join cities nationwide for ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ 

On Tuesday, August 7, neighborhoods throughout Brillion and Reedsville are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by the Brillion and Reedsville Police Departments, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian Cities and military bases around the world.

Over 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime’. From 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 7, residents in neighborhoods throughout Brillion and Reedsville and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police at Peters Park in Brillion.

“We look forward to this event each year and love that the community is so involved, we are fortunate to have partners who help make this night happen and allow it to be free for all those who wish to attend. Each year our event seems to get bigger and bigger which is wonderful and without their support it would not be possible, and we truly thank them,” Brillion and Reedsville Police Chief Jo Ann Mignon said.

This year National Night Out has one large addition, an outdoor movie. Verve Credit Union has participated in the events for the last few years, but this year brought a new idea forward. Verve approached Officer Ben Bastian, who helps set up the evening, with an idea to host an Outdoor Movie. They worked together, and Verve will be sponsoring the showing of the movie Sherlock Gnomes starting at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the park. Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the show.

Other additions this year include Theda Star helicopter which is schedule to land around 5:30 p.m., and Westlund Bus Company who will be on-site with their fill the bus campaign. This program is a school supply drive for local families in need, anyone wishing to donate and help “fill the bus” is welcome to bring supplies and leave them on the bus. Westlund will then sort through the supplies and get them to our local schools. The event will also have some of our past favorite activities returning such as the dunk tank, bounce house, area fire and medical vehicles on display and other fun activities to enjoy.

Brillion’s National Night Out event started in 2009 by Officer James McGrath. McGrath passed away after a battle with cancer, but he loved this night, he loved being with the community and having fun and we enjoy carrying on the tradition he started.

This is a free event for families and is intended to create general support for anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhoods and promote crime prevention and awareness strategies. There is no rain date for this event.

“We enjoy having time to talk with our community members and look forward to seeing everyone each year,” said Mignon.

If you have any questions please contact Chief Jo Ann Mignon, Officer Ben Bastian or Officer Mike Parker at (920) 756-2221.

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