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Back to School Bash

August 31 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Who: Arts West Alliance, Inc Deliverance First / First Youth Ministries Oneida County/City of Utica Youth Bureaus Oneida County Executive Anthony Picenti Oneida County Legislators Harmony Speciale, Ed Welsh, and Rose Ann Convertino Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES CORE Oneida County Sheriff’s Department Garrett’s Martial Arts Training Studio with Grand Master Seng Plato’s Closet New Hartford Strength in Music Yankees Barbershop – Danny-Boy and Jerry Zumba KIDS – NANCY GALLAGHER from Studio 55 Jeannette’s Disha Vu Diner Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network Fidelis Care Utica Public Library What: “West-Side Pride” Back-2-School Bash – Promoted by Arts West Alliance Event Programs Include: *Bully-Proof Your School” Essay Contest – Presented by OHM BOCES CORE DETAILS: Essays should be prepared IN ADVANCE of the event date. Contestants will register and submit their essays at the beginning of the event. Submission/Registration cut-off will be at 1pm. Contest begins at 3pm SHARP. Contestants will have 1-3 minutes to read their essays aloud to the audience. OHM BOCES CORE reps will be judging the essays and selecting 4 winners to receive prizes. * Prizes include: 1st – Plato’s Closet New Hartford $100 Shopping Spree 2nd – A new pair of sneakers/gym shoes from a local store 3rd & 4th – A designer lunch pack with to-go cup (for a boy and girl) *Martial Arts Workshop & Demonstration – Garrett’s Martial Arts Training Studio *Public Safety “Stranger Danger” Presentation – OC Sheriff’s Dept. *Zumba for KIDS – NANCY GALLAGHER from Studio 55 *Strength in Music – Interactive program to promote kindness through music *FREE “Back-to-School Outfitting” — Plato’s Closet will be donating outfits to school- age youth (While supplies last) *FREE Haircuts (Youth only-Parent must be present-add charge for designs) – Yankees Barbershop *FREE lunch (youth and participants/volunteers ONLY) (hamburgers, hotdogs, fruit, juice, chips) – Deliverance First/First Youth Ministries *FREE Snow cones for the youth / participants and $1.00 for adults – Legislator Harmony Speciale *Chicken BBQ ($8 PLATE) – Hosted by Jeannette’s Disha Vu Diner *Door Prizes & Giveaways, Community Organization Information Booths, and More! Where: Lincoln Park (Skate Plaza) Corner of Watson Place & Lincoln Ave in Utica, NY When: Sunday, August 31st from 11am to 4pm Rain Date: Monday, September 1st (Labor Day) Why: Our West Utica neighborhoods have been plagued by violence and West Utica programs are scarce. IT IS UP TO US TO JOIN TOGETHER AND PAVE THE WAY TO GET OUR KIDS OFF THE STREETS! Too much has been lost to boredom and negative influences, including violence, drugs, and sex. Arts West Alliance, a coalition fo neighborhoods and organizations work to provide a positive, exciting learning experience through a variety of athletic, artistic, musical, and prevention programs. With school just around the corner, many families cannot afford to purchase school supplies and need our help. With the help from many community collaborators, we will prepare our youth for the school year, helping to ensure a positive learning experience, while boosting self-confidence to get them off to a good start! We also provide volunteer opportunities for families who receive, to give back to our community. There will be a sign up sheet to volunteer for the day and future events. PLEASE NOTE–Legislator Speciale would like an opportunity to appear on radio shows next week to help promote the event. The event was organized with major time constraints and little PR has been done. We would very much appreciate the opportunity if your station has an opening. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Legislator Harmony Speciale (also Founder of Arts West Alliance) at 315-679-1808. -END-

Where
Lincoln Park
No Address Provided, UTICA, 13502 United States
Cost
Free

Additional Information

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Who: Arts West Alliance, Inc
Deliverance First / First Youth Ministries
Oneida County/City of Utica Youth Bureaus
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picenti
Oneida County Legislators Harmony Speciale, Ed Welsh, and Rose Ann
Convertino
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES CORE
Oneida County Sheriff’s Department
Garrett’s Martial Arts Training Studio with Grand Master Seng
Plato’s Closet New Hartford
Strength in Music
Yankees Barbershop – Danny-Boy and Jerry
Zumba KIDS – NANCY GALLAGHER from Studio 55
Jeannette’s Disha Vu Diner
Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network
Fidelis Care
Utica Public Library

What: “West-Side Pride” Back-2-School Bash – Promoted by Arts West Alliance

Event Programs Include:
*Bully-Proof Your School” Essay Contest – Presented by OHM BOCES CORE
DETAILS:
Essays should be prepared IN ADVANCE of the event date.
Contestants will register and submit their essays at the beginning
of the event.
Submission/Registration cut-off will be at 1pm. Contest begins at
3pm SHARP.
Contestants will have 1-3 minutes to read their essays aloud to the
audience.
OHM BOCES CORE reps will be judging the essays and selecting 4
winners to receive prizes.
* Prizes include: 1st – Plato’s Closet New Hartford $100 Shopping
Spree
2nd – A new pair of sneakers/gym shoes from a
local store
3rd & 4th – A designer lunch pack with to-go cup
(for a boy and girl)
*Martial Arts Workshop & Demonstration – Garrett’s Martial Arts
Training Studio
*Public Safety “Stranger Danger” Presentation – OC Sheriff’s Dept.
*Zumba for KIDS – NANCY GALLAGHER from Studio 55
*Strength in Music – Interactive program to promote kindness through
music
*FREE “Back-to-School Outfitting” — Plato’s Closet will be donating
outfits to school-
age youth (While supplies last)
*FREE Haircuts (Youth only-Parent must be present-add charge for
designs) – Yankees
Barbershop
*FREE lunch (youth and participants/volunteers ONLY) (hamburgers,
hotdogs,
fruit, juice, chips) -
Deliverance First/First Youth Ministries
*FREE Snow cones for the youth / participants and $1.00 for adults -
Legislator
Harmony Speciale
*Chicken BBQ ($8 PLATE) – Hosted by Jeannette’s Disha Vu Diner
*Door Prizes & Giveaways, Community Organization Information Booths,
and
More!

Where: Lincoln Park (Skate Plaza) Corner of Watson Place & Lincoln Ave in
Utica, NY

When: Sunday, August 31st from 11am to 4pm

Rain Date: Monday, September 1st (Labor Day)

Why: Our West Utica neighborhoods have been plagued by violence and West
Utica programs are scarce. IT IS UP TO US TO JOIN TOGETHER AND PAVE THE WAY
TO GET OUR KIDS OFF THE STREETS! Too much has been lost to boredom and
negative influences, including violence, drugs, and sex. Arts West Alliance,
a coalition fo neighborhoods and organizations work to provide a positive,
exciting learning experience through a variety of athletic, artistic,
musical, and prevention programs.

With school just around the corner, many families cannot afford to purchase
school supplies and need our help. With the help from many community
collaborators, we will prepare our youth for the school year, helping to
ensure a positive learning experience, while boosting self-confidence to get
them off to a good start! We also provide volunteer opportunities for
families who receive, to give back to our community. There will be a sign up
sheet to volunteer for the day and future events.

PLEASE NOTE–Legislator Speciale would like an opportunity to appear on
radio shows next week to help promote the event.
The event was organized with major time constraints and little PR has been
done. We would very much appreciate the opportunity if your station has an
opening.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Legislator
Harmony Speciale (also Founder of Arts West Alliance) at 315-679-1808.

-END-

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