Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Purple Light Nights® Lighting Ceremony Media Advisory

Sheriff Hosts “Purple Light Nights®” Lighting Ceremony
County Partners United Against Domestic Violence in Awareness Campaign

Upper Marlboro, MD… For the third year, the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff will host the “Purple Light Nights ®” (PLN) lighting ceremony on October 3, 2016 to begin Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Sheriff High said the “Purple Light Nights®” lighting ceremony begins a month of events conducted by many of the partners who serve families impacted by domestic violence to raise awareness and alert people to all the resources available for families who need assistance. “Purple Light Nights® is a community event that brings all our partners together with the community to promote the ideal that our community stands united in the fight against domestic violence,” said Sheriff High.

Sheriff High said it was exciting last year to have so many community partners bathe their police, fire stations or headquarters in purple light – the County Administration Building, County Police, Bowie Police, Riverdale Park Police, and other municipal agencies, Prince George’s Hospital, Prince George’s Community College and the M-NCPPC Headquarters.

Free purple light bulbs will be available at the ceremony due to the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Pepco. The lightbulbs will be given out at the lighting ceremony and at partner events during the month. Sheriff High said the goal is a simple one: “We want citizens and residents, and businesses and partners to shine a purple light on their porch or in their window during all the nights of October signaling our county’s unity in the fight against domestic violence.”

WHAT: “Purple Light Nights®” Lighting Ceremony
WHERE: Family Justice Center, 14757 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
WHEN: October 3, 2016 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHO: Sheriff Melvin C. High, the Domestic Violence Intervention Division and:
DCAO – Betty Hager Francis
County Council Chair – Derrick Leon Davis
Police Chief Henry “Hank” Stawinski
Judge Lisa Hall Johnson – Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee
Ms. Denise McCain, Director – The Family Justice Center - Guest/Partner

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