On Saturday, September 4th 2010, the Breakthrough Community Development Corporation is hosting UnityFest along with cosponsor Cross Word Christian Church. The event will be held at Moreno Valley Community Park, 13380 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553 and will begin with a Back Pack drive, where 1,500 free Back Packs stuffed with school supplies will be given to local school age children. Representatives from local school districts will talk about the importance of staying in school and setting educational goals.
Founder of Breakthrough Community Development Corporation Dr. Charles E. Gibson states, “Our goal is to increase awareness about the importance of education amongst our youth. We want to help them succeed and be agents of change for the future generation.” Bishop Lacy Sykes, Jr., of Cross Word Christian Church in Riverside is co-sponsoring the event and said “Unity is paramount to the success of any community. If you are truly concerned about your community, you will get involved and serve.”
Extra Space Storage of Moreno Valley will donate 50 boxes to help transport back packs/educational supplies and will be a gold sponsor for the event. “We want to support events like these that make an impact on our local community. Children are the most vulnerable members of our society and we want to help promote education,” stated Mark Stanke, Divisional Vice President for Extra Space Storage.
UnityFest is designed to bring people of different backgrounds together to celebrate cultural differences and embrace them through education, music, dance, poetry, and ethnic food. It will include free food from the various cultures including: African American, Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian food items. Special guest representing each culture, will talk briefly about their history, their music, their food and their dance. In addition, reformed gang members will talk about being united instead of divided. The event will culminate with keynote speaker, Mayor Bonnie Flickinger, who will summarize the festivities by acknowledging our cultural differences, but emphasizing our likeness. Other elected officials are scheduled to be in attendance, including Senator Bill Emmerson and a representative from the Governors office.
Erica Hopkins, Director of UnityFest states, “The dollars saved by the generous donation from Extra Space Storage and other sponsors has helped us serve many more children.
We appreciate the help provided by them. Cross Word Christian Church co-sponsorship enabled us to double the number of back packs we were initially going to provide.
In addition the Mary Roberts Foundation provided funding to purchase an additional 500 back packs, bringing the grand total to 1,500. It is an amazing thing to have the community come together, including: faith based, community based, corporate based and government based organizations, for one common goal….. Bringing Unity to the Community. That’s what it’s all about.”
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