Providing affordable family fun for Janesville residents

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 --- 9:45pm

It may have been all about Bucky last night, but Friday night, in Janesville, families came together for a different reason. Hundreds packed Edison Middle School for the YWCA Rock County's annual “Family Fun Night.”

The night included, food, carnival games, music...a little bit of everything to help folks get over those winter blues.

"Many families struggle find quality events that they can take their families to. We try to keep it low cost.” says Lisa Peternel, Child Care Program Director for YWCA Rock County.

Outside of tonight's event, it's the same deal, with YWCA offering a wide range of programs. One of their biggest programs is a before-and-after-school program, which Christie Letcher's family takes advantage of. "It's very valuable what they do with the children” says Letcher.

From community programs to community involvement, tonight's event also had an important educational component: a connection with local law enforcement.

"In the past there may have not been that connection with the community, but coming to things like this and reaching out there with our domestic violence team has really improved our relationship with victims of violence and other members of the community” Officer Erin Stefanik with the Janesville Police Department tells NBC15.

It's a connection many say makes Janesville a wonderful, safe, and tight-knit place to live.

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