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While McGruff the Crime Dog may be known for his “Take a Bite Out of Crime” catch phrase, Take a Taste Out of Crime belongs to Racine Neighborhood Watch Inc. (RNW).

RNW’s seventh annual Take a Taste Out of Crime wine, beer, and Wisconsin cheese tasting fundraiser will be the most spectacular to date. Featured is an expanded selection of samplings of wine and beer to complement the delicate morsels of Wisconsin cheeses and hot hors d’oeuvres. More than 150 items are displayed for raffles or silent auctions including a wide selection of sporting goods, event tickets, theme baskets, home décor pieces and gift certificates from many area businesses.

Two jazz bands add to the ambience of the evening in the expanded venue at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring Street, Mount Pleasant, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 23.

Partner with RNW and Take a Taste Out of Crime by donating an item for auction, be an event sponsor, and join neighbors and colleagues by attending the fundraiser. Advance tickets cost $30 and are available online at www.racinenw.com/about_tatooc.html. Tickets cost $40 at the door.

Take a Taste Out of Crime is a major fundraising event for RNW, a nonprofit organization. Unlike other neighborhood watch programs across the country, RNW is not an extension of a specific law enforcement agency. As a stand-alone non-profit, RNW is in a unique position to partner with all community agencies: Law enforcement, city and county departments, housing authority, emergency management and other resources. Like all nonprofit groups, RNW depends on grants, donations and fundraisers to carry out its mission — to assist residents in creating safe, friendly and attractive neighborhoods throughout the Racine community.

RNW empowers residents to take responsibility for the neighborhoods in which they live by building positive and productive community-law enforcement relationships through its Neighborhood Watch meetings, programming and events. Some include:

  • RNW educates residents to be proactive in crime prevention and teaches neighbors how to deal with quality of life concerns at the neighborhood level through our block watch presentations and meetings. Block Watches are an organized way of keeping neighbors connected about the goings-on of the neighborhood.
  • RNW facilitates monthly Neighborhood Watch COP (Community Oriented Policing) meetings at the six Racine and one Village of Mount Pleasant police department COP Houses. These meetings target a larger geographic area than a single block. RNW, the COP officer and residents work together to problem-solve neighborhood issues and put those solutions into action. RNW is a catalyst for long-term stabilization of these areas by contributing to positive police-neighbor relationships, improving the quality of life and reducing crime.
  • RNW is hosting a Group Workcamp in 2018 for the 20th consecutive year. Hundreds of high school volunteers from around the country travel to our community to participate in this annual, week-long home repair experience. The youth are assigned specific home repair projects for qualified homeowners living in predetermined, designated areas. More than 1,000 homeowners have benefited from this home and neighborhood improvement program.
  • RNW coordinates community-wide events on National Night Out. Always held on the first Tuesday of August, RNW invites the community to organize block parties and other events to celebrate America’s Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and to promote neighbor-to-neighbor communication and positive community-law enforcement relationships. RNW works with registered events to schedule visits from local dignitaries, law enforcement, safety agencies and McGruff the Crime Dog.

You can support RNW in its efforts to educate residents, beautify neighborhoods, connect local community resources and contribute to the well-being of our community. Call 262-637-5711 for more information.

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