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Community Partnerships Needed for "Play It Safe" and "Operation Life 5K"

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

The North Oaks Health System team is looking for local businesses, clubs and organizations to help host the fifth annual “Play It Safe” event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Cate Square Park in Historic Downtown Hammond. The goal of the interactive community event is to increase safety awareness among families with children, ages 12 and younger. Potential partners are asked to provide hands-on safety education, activities and demonstrations relevant to their business or organization’s expertise. Food and beverage partners and community volunteers also are needed. Space is limited, and partners will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Partners are asked to register here.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available for the second annual “Operation Life 5K” taking place immediately before Play It Safe. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. and finish at Cate Square Park with an award ceremony to follow at 9:30 a.m. North Oaks and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) host the race to raise awareness about the power of organ and tissue donation. Businesses and organizations interested in forming a team or helping to sponsor Operation Life 5K should contact LOPA Community Educator Lana Stevens at

Partners for both Play It Safe and Operation Life 5K must register by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.

In 2018, more than 700 people attended Play It Safe, and nearly 50 community partners joined forces with North Oaks to promote safety and injury prevention.

For more information about Play It Safe, email North Oaks Marketing Manager Ashley Miller at For more information about Operation Life 5K, email Lana Stevens at