Lisle, Illinois ~ The Benedictine University Police Department and the Lisle Police Department invite the public to attend the 3rd annual “National Night Out” at the University from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.
The free event, which will include food and beverages, safety demonstrations, raffles, kids’ games, display vehicles, music and more, was created to build neighborhood camaraderie and improve communication between residents and their area emergency responders.
Benedictine University Police, officers from the Lisle Police Department and North Central College’s Department of Campus Safety, and paramedics and firefighters from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District will be present to discuss emergency preparedness and crime prevention.
Other highlights include giveaways, face painting, balloon animals, a special appearance by Benedictine’s mascot Ernie the Eagle, the opportunity to see squad cars and fire trucks up close, and a chance to try out DUI goggles, which simulate intoxication to educate people about the dangers of driving under the influence.
Certified technicians will also be present to inspect child safety seats and make sure they are properly installed in vehicles.
Visitors can browse booths from local businesses such as KinderCare, Texor Petroleum Company, Exelon Corporation, The Morton Arboretum, Walgreens, ADT Security Services, Taco Diner and DuPage Public Safety Communications.
Thousands of communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide participate in this event, which is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. Last year, the Benedictine University Police Department was selected as a college/university award winner for its outstanding participation in the 32nd annual National Night Out by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Benedictine was one of only six colleges and universities recognized by NATW.
“This is a great chance for anyone to come and learn more about their local emergency service providers and what we do in an open, fun and friendly setting,” said Michael Salatino, chief of the Benedictine University Police. “This is also a great time for us to address questions and get better acquainted with people who care deeply about the strength and vitality of their community.”
Community dedication and experiential learning are central principles at Benedictine. A private, Benedictine education empowers students with hands-on learning opportunities and a core set of values which will guide them toward a life lived in balance and in unity with others.
The event will be held in the Rice Center/Neuzil Hall parking lot off College Road at the University’s Lisle main campus.
For more information, to gift a raffle prize, to request a booth or to volunteer for this event, please contact Sergeant Debbie Vanderploeg at (630) 829-1104 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Amanda Warren at (630) 829-6665 or email@example.com.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.