Police Department holds community gathering
By Julie Burgess
Photos by TK Photography
You could almost feel the ground rumble from the buzz about the Community & Kid’s Picnic held August 15th, 2017. Children and parents, community citizens, and service personnel from around the area all made their way to the City of White Cloud Rotary Park with great anticipation. The word about White Cloud Police Chief, Dan Evans working on putting together an event, to show appreciation for the Community & Kid’s spread fast. With over 450 people in attendance, over $1,000 in prizes, 30 sponsors, and lots of activities the real winners of the event were truly the community and kids.
For two months Chief Evans worked with volunteers to plan activities and ensure the event would be free for all who attended by recruiting local businesses and organizations to help sponsor the picnic.
Stepping up to the plate to be a part of the community fun were Police Officers, Deputies, K-9 handlers, Firefighters, ERT (swat) Team members, other public safety personnel. Their vehicles and equipment were on hand allowing the community to get an up close glimpse while doing a little meet and greet time with the personnel who help keep our community safe.
Free food, giveaways, and games were on the docket for the day with and activities including Rock painting hosted by Rockin Newaygo County #rockinNC, face painting, water balloon competition, the National Wildlife Turkey Federation BB gun shoot, corn hole competition, music and much more.
The prizes were amazing! Upon arriving to the event, you would check into the prize tent to get a popcorn bucket with some goodies while they lasted, and your door prize tickets. Winners of activities and games also received tickets to get a variety of items. Door prizes including gift cards and certificates to local businesses along with many family fun items that were announced at the end of the event by Chief Evans, with his wife and daughter helping to pick tickets and hand out the prizes.
The best prize of all was to the entire community as we got to stand together, celebrating each other as we shared in the happiness of the children collecting their winnings, making fun jokes at each other, telling stories of times to catch up on, and just having another great day to live in White Cloud.
Sponsorships (in no particular order) of games, activities, and prizes included: AMG (Bentek); Life Care Dental; Hits the Spot Restaurant; Houseman’s Foods; Parts Plus; Independent Bank; Square One Guru Professional Services; Accurate Screen; Animal Wellness Center of White Cloud; Mike Saum State Farm Insurance; Rotary Club of White Cloud; White Cloud Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation; Walmart (Fremont); Newaygo County Sheriff's Office; Crandall Funeral Home; Wild Turkey Federation; Northern Towing; Freedom Chevrolet; Newaygo Fire Department; Sally’s Restaurant; Wesco (White Cloud); TK Photography; Subway (White Cloud); White Cloud Fire Department; RockinNC; Newaygo County Emergency Services; Newaygo County Central Dispatch; Rudert’s Insurance Company; Maike's Pizzeria; Quilt Something New.