NEWS RELEASE   8/1/2012

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TARGET PARTNERS WITH CITY OF FLINT, LOCAL GROUPS AND OTHER BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE IN 29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Target Corp. is partnering with the City of Flint, local law enforcement and businesses in its 29th sponsorship of National Night Out, a national crime and drug prevention program. The community event will be held in downtown Flint on the grounds behind the City Hall complex Monday, Aug. 6 from 3 p.m. — 7 p.m.

According to Lamar Carson, Flint Target executive team leader and event co-chair, Target places a heavy emphasis on the safety of residents and Target guests in the communities they serve.”Target has a long history of partnering with local public safety agencies to address the issues of safety and security affecting our guests, team members and communities — and we will continue to do so.” Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock said he is pleased with the level of participation the event attracts from local groups. Chief Lock said, “anytime you get (groups like these) together
with the citizens for something like this, it’s going to have a positive impact on the community.”

National Night Out is designed for every family member, from the youngest to the most senior, and includes live entertainment, a bounce house, free ice cream and other snacks.

Raffles for bikes and backpacks filled with school supplies; face painting, displays by various law enforcement agencies as well as Flint Fire Department’s “smokehouse” safety demonstration are among some of the attractions. There will also be local performing artists, business and neighborhood table displays, and more.

This year’s local co-sponsors include the City of Flint, Flint Police Department, Flint Fire Department, Police Athletic League, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, Mott Community College, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint Children’s Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint, and others.

The nationwide event is designed to unite communities against crime by providing tips for crime prevention, strengthening community-based policing and fostering neighborhood solidarity. Residents everywhere are encouraged to turn on their outdoor lights and hold evening events of their own, including cook-outs and block parties.

In 2011, more than 37 million people, including 12,000 Target Corp. team members,participated in National Night Out across the county. The event presents a unique opportunity for Target to cultivate strong relationships with local law enforcement and businesses to promote safety and security in the communities Target serves. National Night Out was introduced by the non-profit crime prevention organization National Association of Town Watch in 1984.

For more information, or a complete list of events, please contact Carson at 810.744.4040. Information viewed at www.cityofflint.com/NNOFlyer.pdf
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