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Working together can make a difference is event's ultimate message

South Suburban leaders planning “A Night of Inspiration” symposium on crime prevention June 27 from 7-9PM, hope to leave the audience inspired, motivated and armed with a workable plan of action that will empower them to fight crime, inspire youth, weather the recession and keep the area vibrant.  The uplifting event will be held in the auditorium of Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted, in Chicago Heights.

“I want people to understand that they are the solution to any potential crime issue that would surface in the south suburbs,” declared Mack D. McGhee, the principal convener.  “By opting to live in University Park, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, Park Forest- and in any of the other south suburban villages and cities -- they are showing that they care.  This symposium will stress how getting involved in community programs is the best tool for keeping the communities safe. There will also be resources available to those who have been devastated by the recession.  'A Night of Inspiration' will offer hope and inspire them to believe in their abilities to make a difference and to overcome challenges.”

McGhee added that the two-hour event features:

o     nationally-known motivational speakers who will deliver uplifting words to parents and youth.  The speakers will address their specialty, which focuses on the event theme:
Faith(Rev. Lenzley) Family(Lamont Brown), Finance(Mike Robinson) & Future (Mack McGhee ). Through their individual perspectives, the speakers will address economics and the climate of violence.

o     representatives from south suburban-based agencies who will share resources and information

o     ambassadors from local law enforcement agencies who will discuss strategies to keep the area safe as well as offer their services

o     parents who have raised healthy children against obstacles, sharing their strategies for successful parenting

o     words of encouragement to youth about making positive choices

“The greatest crime-fighting tool is an energized community,” declared McGhee.  “Families working together can make a difference. Communities working together can make a difference.  'A Night of Inspiration' hopes to create that spark that will galvanize residents in the South Suburbs around the lofty goal of keeping the area safe, protecting our youth and working together toward that goal.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The cost for students is $20 with student ID.  Hosts are offering a group rate of six for $100. To order, call 1-888-624-4333 or log on to to purchase tickets on line.   Proceeds will benefit the 100 Men Association of University Park, an agency whose mission parallels that of the goals of A Night of Inspiration:  working hard to stay in front of the problem so that the South Suburbs remain safe.

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CONTACT:  Melody M. McDowell - 773-660-2001

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