Goddard’s National Night Out to be bigger

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GODDARD – There will be plenty to do for the entire family at Goddard’s National Night Out, slated for Friday night in Linear Park. It will run 6 to 9 p.m.
“It will be a little bigger. It’s growing every year,” said Angie Duntz, president and CEO of the Goddard Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event. “National Night Out is a free family event. We do it in partnership with the Goddard Police Department.
“It’s a way to meet police and first responders, and to get to know your neighbors.”
National Night Out events are held across the country and are designed to build community relationships, improve neighborhood camaraderie and to foster relationships with local law enforcement and other emergency agencies.
The national date is the first Tuesday of August, but a number of communities hold theirs on different dates. In the southern parts of the country, the event is often held later in the year when the weather is cooler.
Goddard’s National Night Out will feature free food and water, live music from The 99 Band, interactions with local law enforcement and emergency personnel, and more. Roughly 40 businesses and organizations will have booths.
The night will wrap up with a fireworks show at dark.
In addition to the Goddard Police Department, the Wichita Police Department will be on hand, as will various first responders from Sedgwick County.
This year’s event also serves as a fundraiser for Kansas Concern Of Police Survivors (COPS), a not-for-profit formed in 2001 that benefits the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Duntz said that if at least $500 is raised, Goddard Police Chief Lance Beagley will take a bite from a trained police dog.