WHO’LL KISS THE PIG? SHERIFF TODD GARRISON OR LAS CRUCES POLICE CHIEF HARRY ROMERO?

WHO’LL KISS THE PIG? SHERIFF TODD GARRISON OR LAS CRUCES POLICE CHIEF HARRY ROMERO?

The Las Cruces Police Department is battling the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department with hopes of raising money for the annual UnSlumber Party, scheduled for this fall.

The law enforcement department that has captured the most votes by Aug. 1 will have to surrender a delegate to pucker-up to a pig. The Las Cruces Police Department will be represented by Chief Harry Romero and Sheriff Todd Garrison is on the hot seat for the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department.

Voting for the Kiss-a-Pig contest is already under way. A donation of $1 gets one vote and every $5 donation is counted as six votes. Donations are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final votes will be tabulated at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 and the "winner" will have his kisser ready to go immediately thereafter for the Kiss-a-Pig ceremony at Apodaca Park.

Donations are being accepted by Lana Weir at the Las Cruces Police Department, 217 E. Picacho Ave., and by Daphne O'Hair at the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, 845 Motel Blvd. Weir can be contacted at (575) 528-4111 and O'Hair can be reached at (575) 525-8838.

The UnSlumber Party is a joint effort of the Victims' Assistance Units of the Las Cruces Police Department and the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department. The party, intended for girls 11-14 years of age, is a free opportunity for girls to meet new friends and learn all about becoming a teenager. Activities will include discussions on fashion, activities for young girls in Las Cruces, self-worth and self-discovery, career opportunities, sports, safety and education.

Last year, more than 150 girls participated in the UnSlumber Party.

SOURCE: LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS (7-12-08, page A-5). USED BY PERMISSION.