by Terri Hogan Staff writer
The 20th celebration of National Night Out on Aug. 6 was a success, said Jon Hulsizer, executive director of the Olney Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event.
The evening raised $3,600 for the Olney Police Satellite Station, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department and Montgomery County Crime Solvers. That pushes Olney’s 20-year National Night Out fundraising total to more than $50,000.
Hulsizer said that despite fears of rain, about 3,500 members of the Olney-Sandy Spring community turned out for the festivities. In recognition of Olney’s 20th annual event, the General Assembly issued an official citation and the Montgomery County Council proclaimed the date National Night Out in Olney.
Highlights included displays, demonstrations, child fingerprinting by Secret Service personnel, entertainment and interaction between residents and police and fire personnel.
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Brooke Grove Retirement Village, St. John’s Episcopal School, Kang’s Black Belt Karate and the Studio of Ballet Arts sponsored the event.
National Night Out, celebrated worldwide, is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It is designed to raise awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, according to the Wynnewood, Pa., nonprofit.