Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and FCCS Executive Director Chip M. Spinning know how to throw a block party!
August 3, 2013: For the third year in a row, the city and county agency have collaborated on FCCS’ FamJam and Mayor Coleman’s Neighborhood Pride Block Party, a free family enrichment festival sponsored by Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus.
Each year, corporate sponsors and city, county and state agencies provide the free food and community resources for this one-of-a kind outdoor party and community outreach effort at the city’s Columbus Commons park.
More than 75 vendors and community partners hosted resource booths, handed away free family-friendly giveaways, provided spot health checks and family fingerprinting kits and gave helpful information. The fun activities stepped off at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Coleman, Spinning and Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown.
Patrons dined on donated hot dogs, chips and healthy food options while sipping on donated bottles of water, Dr. Pepper and Snapple products. The Main Stage served as the entertainment zone with youth acts from central Ohio, including Ohio Avenue’s world percussion group; Short Stop Youth rock band and Hosea’s State of Mind, a jazz group.
Children and their families were also treated to free carousel rides, face painting, bounce houses, karaoke performances, a building station sponsored by Lowes and free school supplies from Target. Other major sponsors of the event included Molina Healthcare, Kroger, Save-A-Lot, Giant Eagle, ATT&T Pioneers, the Ohio Packing Co; media sponsors included La Prensa.
Special appearances were also made by Columbus and county safety forces.
Angela An, morning anchor at WBNS-10 TV, served as emcee.