Crime Watch Group Says ‘Thanks’ With Free Pizza

As a final thank you for supporting its 50-50 raffle for 18 years, members of the Warwood Neighborhood Crime Watch will offer free pizza at the July 22 Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays concert at Garden Park.

Gloria Delbrugge, a Warwood resident and Wheeling councilwoman, said for the past 18 years she and Sas McKitrick sold the tickets to help fund the neighborhood group’s annual Halloween parade and party for children and breakfast with Santa.

Since no one has stepped up to take over organizing or funding the events, the pair have decided to call it quits. This also means the parade and breakfast will not be held, either.

“Unfortunately, no one wants to do it,” Delbrugge said of the fundraising, adding it costs about $700 to put on both events, including paying for liability insurance. ‘If someone is willing to step up, that’s great.”

Delbrugge said crime watch meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Warwood Christian Church, located at 17th Street and Richland Avenue.

Pizza and pop will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 30 minutes before the concert starts at Garden Park. The rain date for the event is Aug. 12.

“In 1997 we started the watch – it was the first in the city,” said Phil Redford, a Wheeling police officer who led the meetings for many years.

“People were upset about break-ins and hundreds of people showed up in the (Corpus Christi) gym.”

Delbrugge said the money from the watch’s fundraising account, which has about $1,000 in it, will be used to purchased 220 slices of Warwood Pizza Express pizza.

Any remaining money likely will be used to help fund the annual National Night Out, Redford said.