Nighttime festivities in Manalapan also benefit the Leukemia Society

MANALAPAN, NJ — Tuesday’s National Night in Manalapan will be a community gathering both for fun and to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey, police say.

National Night Out, which began in 1984, has grown into an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and “neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and places to live more caring.” , according to the organization’s website.

Here in Manalapan, the event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the PC Richard & Son store, 55 Route 9. The appliance and electronics store has long supported the event, according to police.

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The evening will include a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, bouncy houses, raffle prizes and free food, according to the police’s Facebook page.

It features explosive entertainment and a special appearance from Princess Anna and Cinderella, according to the event flyer.

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Patrollers Ross Dessel and Joe DeFilippis are the city’s community police officers and are organizing the event.

“It’s a great post-COVID comeback,” Dessel said. He said there was a more limited event last year after none in 2020.

“It’s a family event that brings the community together,” he said. And it’s an opportunity for the police to bond with the community, he added.

Dessel said there will also be a table dedicated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the event, which will help raise funds for the organization.

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