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N&N: Monarch’s Lee PSR hosts National Night Out Aug. 6

 Free community event to heighten crime-prevention awareness in Lee CountyNational-Night-Out 20132

Monarch will join several Lee County organizations to host a community-wide event to raise awareness about crime prevention and highlight some of the area’s important resources, including Monarch's services, during National Night Out (NNO) this Tuesday. The event will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Monarch’s Lee Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), 214 McIver St., Sanford. The event will span Market Street from McIver to Maple streets.

NNO is a nationwide annual event designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement officers. The Sanford event will include free food, drinks and various drawings for prizes such as free haircuts, ice cream and giveaways from Chick-fil-A. The county’s first responders will display a fire truck and a police mobile unit. Entertainment for the event includes music, dance performances and games.

The Chatham Council Outreach will provide free on-site testing. The city has asked that everyone bring a canned food donation to support Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC).

“While this one night is not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, this event represents the kind of energy, togetherness and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place all year,” explained Michelle Ibrahim, lead behavioral specialist at Monarch who is instrumental in planning the event. “We are grateful for all the community support and how everyone has come together to make this event successful.”

NNO began in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). It currently involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

For more information about Monarch’s participation in Sanford’s NNO, contact Michelle Ibrahim at (919)774-1485 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit                                                                                                                                                   

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1582 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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