An annual National Night Out event coordinated by the Corry Police Department, along with the evening’s dozens of vendors, drew hundreds of community members to Corry City Park on Tuesday evening.
Vicki Gates, police department clerk and NNO event organizer, estimated around 400 people attended the event, with 42 organizations putting on tables, displays and games for families to enjoy.
“We had great turnout this year,” Gates said.
Police Chief Michael Cherry agreed.
“The CPD is very pleased with the number of businesses and vendors, from within Corry and out of the region, who have come in and shown their support, interacted with and provided resources to our community,” he said in a statement released this morning.
Organizations in attendance included area churches, nonprofits, banks, retirement communities, medical groups and more.
New organizations this year included Bethseda Lutheran Services, Cambridge Corry, Channel 98.9 FM, Brenton Davis County Executive’s Office, Erie County Community College, PA One Call, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Warren County Dairy Princess .
Corry Public Works, Corry Regional Fire Co., D&R Transportation and Shambaugh Towing also featured a fire truck, tow truck, school bus and Caterpillar equipment.
Hot dogs, water, popcorn and other goodies were also available for free throughout the evening.
“CPD is estimated to have distributed over 450 free hot dogs, chips and water to attendees along with many goodies made possible by the many donations we received this year,” Cherry said.
There were four sets of winning designs: toddlers, boys, girls and adults.
In the toddler category, Jayce Wilcox and Isaac Livingston won scooters, Levi McCray won a box of garden games and Beckett Rouse won a Walmart gift card.
In boys, Breyson White won a hoverboard; Sawyer Bilskie and Hudson Rouse, backpacks; Bennett Campbell, a kickball; and Deklan Thompson and Colton Foster Walmart gift cards.
The girls who won the prizes were Rhonilyn Hamilton, who won the backpacks overboard, Emily Master and Amiyah Thompson; Cora Kent, kickball; and Selena Ellsworth and Lily Roach, Walmart gift cards.
The adults walking away with prizes were Denise Livingston (hot plate), Thomas Ellsworth (cooler), Amanda Elder-Kosko (KC gift certificate), Cheyenne Derby and John Hynes (Kwik Fill gas cards).
The giveaways above were organized by the police department, but Gates said other organizations also made their own designs.
Overall, the police department felt the event went well and expressed their gratitude to all of the donors, sponsors, volunteers and participants who made it possible.
“National Night Out was a huge success,” Cherry said. “The Corry Town Police Department can’t thank those who have put enough time, energy and effort into making such a great evening. A very big thank you to the members of our department, our clerk and several other members and departments of the city for all their efforts in planning the national evening.
“Positive interactions with the municipal police, fire department and street services are always the end goal on a night like this, and we are confident that the goal has been achieved. The CPD as a department feels very fortunate to be able to serve such a wonderful community as Corry, and looks forward to next August for this event again.