Clinton Mayor Lew Starling, left, with Nettie Pernell and Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards, reads a proclamation in honor of Clinton’s first-ever ‘Night Out,’ a national community-building event to promote relationships between police departments and those they serve.
DaCiya Solice, daughter of Todd and Delynn Solice of Clintonand reigning 2017 National American Miss N.C., offers a musical selection to kick off Tuesday night’s festivities.
City Councilman Rev. Marcus Becton thanks a large crowd for coming out to the event at James L. Newkirk Memorial Park, called an opportunity to “stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.” Becton and event organizer Nettie Pernell, center, made comments. “I want everyone to know their neighbor,” said Pernell, event organizer and chair of the Newkirk Park Advisory Committee, which hosted the free event with the Clinton Police Department.
Marcus Bennett, an usher at Lisbon Street Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton, works the grill Tuesday night. The first-ever ‘Night Out’ featured complimentary food, games and vendors representing various law enforcement groups, churches and other organizations.
In addition to food, there was also a bouncy house and activities and giveaways by numerous agencies at Tuesday night’s event, including the Clinton Police Department, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Sampson County EMS, North Carolina DMV, Sampson Community College, the NAACP, Eastpointe, various churches near the Newkirk Park community and many others.