This year, National Night Out in Rutland, VT may have been wet, but we waited for the storm clouds to pass and it turned into an incredible event filled with great food, fun activities, a sweet scavenger hunt, wonderful neighbors, and many of our amazing local law enforcement, firefighters, and community safety leaders! Community organizations tried to stay dry under their tents while dancing to the music and getting to know the great people that make Rutland what it is.
A HUGE THANK YOU to our amazing group of Rutland folks who donated their time, resources, and energy to make this event possible! The committee that brought this wonderful event to our community included Erron Hubbell, Officer Kevin Blongy, Chuck Hall, April Cioffi, Brittany Malmgren, Ricky Vest, Svea Howard, and Dan Gedney. Their dedication and enthusiasm for hosting National Night Out made it possible for over 500 Rutlanders to join us for a fun and engaging night of fostering positive law enforcement and community interactions – all in between the raindrops!
DJ Brett Myhre kept the event and community members moving and dancing while the Mission City Church provided free snow cones and popcorn. Magician Tom Joyce wow’d the kids and adults with illusions while a State Trooper gave a K9 demonstration. Our event even made galactic news and was visited by a Stormtrooper and Jedi Knight.
Another big thank you to our volunteers: Rutland City Alderman Bill Gillam and his grilling team, ACF Rutland Church, Mission City Church, Mandala House, and the Rutland City Police Cadets. Additionally, thank you to Rutland Recreation for providing the event space at Giorgetti Park.
We could not pull off an amazing community event without the many sponsors and donors, we appreciate your generosity: Project VISION, Keyser Energy, Coca-Cola, Freihofer Bakery Outlet, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, Creed Ice Co. Inc., Casella, Thomas Dairy, Stewart’s Shops, Jiffy Mart, and Frito-Lay.
So many people helped make this event the success it was, thank you to all that helped, it takes a community to put on such a large and successful community event. We truly appreciate all those that stuck with us through the rain AND had fun!