In Ocean Pines, the event will be held for the second year in White Horse Park on 235 Ocean Parkway, from 5-7 p.m.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and this year will include more than 16,790 communities in the United States and Canada, as well as at military bases throughout the world. In total, more than 38.6 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
“This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.”
Ocean Pines is seeking community partners to help with activities and programs during National Night Out.
Last year, local, county and state police and neighborhood watch groups came out, along with a few other community groups and nonprofits. There was free food – hotdogs, chips, soda and water – and some light live entertainment geared toward children and families.
This year, Ocean Pines is hoping to build on the community aspect of the event and include more local groups, with a focus on highlighting the people and organizations that make our community so special.
By participating, an organization can set up a small table with general information for the public, bring a craft or another small project to engage children and young people, bring information or a project to engage Ocean Pines’ senior population, donate an item to be given out as a raffle or door prize, provide music, or give away school supplies ahead of the new school year.
New and creative ideas for the event are encouraged and monetary donations to help offset costs associated with the event are also needed. Participants are asked to refrain from promoting any social or political issues in order to keep the focus on community fun.
There is space for about 40 groups, which will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
For questions or more information about participating, contact the Ocean Pines Marketing Department at 410-641-7717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 19. Donations will be accepted through Thursday, August 1.