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4th Annual Tangi & St. Helena Night Out Against
Crime Event

Press Release: 9/07/12
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa

RE: 4th Annual Tangi & St. Helena Night Out Against Crime Event

Hammond - Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa in partnership with the Ponchatoula Jaycees, Target,  the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, SNAP Fitness, Truestar Health, Perfectly Fit Sports, the Hammond Running Club, North Oaks Health System, Lamar Advertising, Piggly Wiggly, Tangipahoa – reshaping Attitudes for Community Change (TRACC), the Town of Independence, Fire House Silk-screening, Smitty’s Supply, and Northshore Links is proud to announce the 4th Annual Tangi & St. Helena Night Out Against Crime on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 in Downtown Independence, Louisiana.

The event will be free to the public.  October is also National Crime Prevention Month. We wanted to have a day where all of our Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish residents could come out and see all of the public safety, crime prevention, and crime awareness resources that their parishes have to offer.  We will have various live demonstrations from local law enforcement such as the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9s and their Mounted Division. There will also be many vehicles, fire trucks, and safety equipment on display.  In addition there will also be many other public safety groups and organizations represented. This will be the fourth year of this very successful event and our hope is that the parish-wide community will be out in full force to do their part to take a step toward preventing crime in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes. ” states Jodie Powell-Rohner, CEO/Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa.

Nationally, Night Out is celebrating its 29th year.  Last year’s campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic clubs, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from the United States, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.  In all, over 36 million participated in National Night Out in past years according to www.nationalnightout.org . National Night Out is designed to:  Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send back a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods and communities are organized to fight against crime.

New to the event this year, is the 1st Annual Hot Wing Cook-off Challenge where the public can judge the People’s Choice Award winner for the price of a $10.00 wrist band. Other categories will be judged by secret judges intermingled with the public for Best Traditional Wing Sauce, Most Creative Wing Sauce, and the Hottest of the Hot. All proceeds will benefit Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. To enter the Cook-off please call Jodie Powell-Rohner at 985-634-0590 or email at tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com .

Also this year, SNAP Fitness, Perfectly Fit, and the Hammond Running Club will host the “Kick’n It To Crime” 5K Charity Run/Walk in conjunction with Night Out. All proceeds will benefit Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.  Pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt, flashing Pin, and a huggie.  Awards will be given for the first male and female to finish, the oldest to finish, and the youngest to finish.  To pre-register please contact Bree Westmoreland at 985 – 386-7105 or Ponchatoula@snapfitness.com .  Registrations can also be paid via PayPal at www.tangicrimestoppers.com/events .

Powell -Rohner also states, “We will have face painting, spacewalks, and many children’s activities that night, a pickle jar contest for the booth participants, and a jail and bail on the grounds, in addition to music and free food.  It will be an event not to be missed!”  The 4th Annual Tangi & St. Helena Night Out will open to the public at 8:00 am for the race and cook-off participants.  Cook-off wristbands go on sale at 11 am and the judging begins at Noon.  All other Night Out booths will be open from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The public will be asked to register when they arrive to receive their free food and beverage coupons for hamburgers and hot dogs.  Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is seeking in-kind and monetary donations to cover the cost of the event. A portion of the cost to bring this event to the public free is being funded through a Community Grant from the Target Community Foundation, but additional funding is still needed.

If you or your organization are interested in participating in the event, providing volunteers, or sponsoring please contact Jodie Powell-Rohner at 985-634-0590 or  tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com .  Booths are free with certain requirements. Night Out event, cook-off, and 5K run information can also be found at www.tangicrimestoppers.com/events .  Sponsorships and donations can also be made online via Pay Pal on the Crime Stoppers website.

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is a 501c3 Non-profit organization that works in partnership with the community, media, and law enforcement to solve crimes. Crime Stoppers also encourages the public to join its email list at www.tangicrimestoppers.com to receive current information and wanted alerts. If you have information to share about a crime please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous Tip Line 1-800-554-5245.  You will never be asked for your name and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest and or conviction. Be a part of the solution!


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