In a heartwarming display of community spirit and a commitment to public safety, The Hangout by Two Guys restaurant has unveiled its latest endeavor – a brand-new Community Outreach Series. This initiative commenced with an annual Community Safety Expo, which took place on Sunday, October 15th, from 1 pm to 5 pm in the restaurant's parking lot at 2360 Pine Ridge Road in North Naples.
The event's primary focus is on school-age children, leveraging education within a fun and interactive environment to encourage them to make more informed and responsible decisions. This free, family-friendly occasion shines a spotlight on public safety within the community and welcomes attendees of all ages.
Community Safety Expo Highlights:
1. Valuable Tips and Information: The expo featured representatives from the Collier County Sheriff's Office, offering advice on Halloween safety, bicycle safety, installing child seats, and other essential education.
2. A Free Child's Meal: To make the event even more enticing, The Hangout offered a free child's meal with the purchase of an adult meal, ensuring that families could enjoy the Expo to the fullest.
3. Meet the Heroes: The Community Safety Expo provided a unique opportunity for residents to meet and interact with local law enforcement agencies and other public safety partners, forging a stronger connection between the community and its protectors.
4. Ongoing Commitment: Peter Falisi, co-owner of The Hangout by Two Guys, stated, "Our mission is to enhance public safety and continuously work towards making the community a safer place as a whole. We plan to offer future activities that enlighten citizens towards that goal while supporting a different local charity each month."
Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration: Peter Falisi further explained, "My father is a retired police officer, so our family has always had a close relationship with local law enforcement. Throughout dad's career, he focused on community affairs and organized similar community outreach events in New York City. Fortunately, we live in a community that supports first responders, so this event is a great way to continue that tradition and build relationships and a stronger community."
Interactive Entertainment and Demonstrations:
The Community Safety Expo featured a diverse array of entertainment and public safety demonstrations, ensuring an engaging experience for all attendees. Highlights included:
CCSO's Deputies: Demonstrating motorcycle equipment and offering safety tips.
North Naples Fire Department: Showcasing a fire truck for children to explore.
McGruff the Crime Dog: A beloved figure educating children on safety.
L.E.A.D. Car: A motorized car for young ones to enjoy.
FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission): Sharing information about local wildlife and safety.
Youth Relations Officers: Building connections with younger members of the community.
Games and Activities: Including cornhole, Jenga, and face painting.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, in praise of the initiative, stated, "The Community Expo is a great opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness and meet public safety and law enforcement professionals in person. The Expo is also a great way to get started on, or to improve upon, your Halloween preparedness plans."
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all during Halloween, the CCSO offered several trick-or-treating safety tips, emphasizing the importance of staying in groups, wearing reflective costumes, and walking on the sidewalk or the left side of the roadway facing traffic.
The Hangout by Two Guys, a family-owned Italian restaurant, has made it clear that community well-being is at the core of their mission. In a world where divisions often make headlines, their commitment to building bridges between the community and law enforcement stands out as a shining example of what can be achieved when individuals and businesses come together for a common cause.
The Hangout by Two Guys has been a beloved establishment since its opening in 2020, serving delectable Italian cuisine inspired by family recipes. Located at 2360 Pine Ridge Road in Naples, Florida, The Hangout offers a menu filled with appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, fresh fish, and steaks, along with a full liquor bar serving craft beer and cocktails. Indoor and alfresco dining options are available daily from 11 am until 9 pm.
For reservations and more information, please call (239) 384-9072 or visit hangoutnaples.com.
As The Hangout by Two Guys continues to extend its community outreach series, it sets a touching example of how a small local business can have a big impact on the well-being of its community. In these challenging times, their message of unity and safety is one that resonates deeply.