"A Community United"
Face painting, relay races, a moon bounce, and some intense basketball playing- that’s what awaited community members attending the May 31st East County Family Reunion and Tournament. The event was organized by IMPACT’s East County Parents Circle and HHS’ Street Outreach Network. The Reunion and Tournament were held on the grounds of the East County Community Center and were supported by the MC Department of Recreation and the East County Regional Services Center.
Event organizers envisioned creating a community affair that would draw children, teens, and adults for food, fun, physical activity, and making connections. These goals were definitely met!
Event goers and tournament participants were treated to food and drinks from Little Caesars Pizza and Chick-Fil-A. Carnival Day donated a mega moon bounce. More than 70 youth, from elementary school-aged to young adult, participated in the basketball tournament. And, representatives from local organizations and institutions were on-hand to share information, services, and goodie bags! Residents were able to connect with: the Greencastle Elementary School PTA, the African American Health Program, MobileMed, Montgomery County Public Libraries, One Montgomery, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
East County’s award-winning step team the Unstoppable Steppers provided an exciting tournament half-time show. And, Councilmember Cherri Branson participated in the festivities and handed out trophies to the tournament winners, who were: Lakers (elementary school), Neelsville (middle school), Heat (high school), and Cash (young adults).
Additional event highlights included photos with the Chick-Fil-A and Little Caesars mascots, health screenings from MobileMed, t-shirts for the winning basketball teams, and Library Bucks from MCPL. Additionally, 24 residents signed up to participate in a June Community Clean-up that the Parents Circle is organizing!
Parent Circle member Sueann Young, summed up the event nicely when she said, “The East County Reunion and Tournament showcased a community united--vendors and participants from different ethnicities, religions and walks of life came together to show support for East County. This is just the beginning of something greater unfolding in the county.”
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
East County Regional Services Center
East County Community Center
MC Department of Recreation
Councilmember Cherri Branson
Little Caesars Pizza