"We often hear the ‘talk’ and complaints regarding poverty and the limited programs and opportunities with and for our youth; frankly, I am not one who talks and listens only. There is much talent and many opportunities in Arkansas. Dumas, Desha and the Delta. Getting the leaders and programs that have the skills and the resources to get on the same page is where the challenge lies. City PRIDE is here to uplift this great human capital in our region,” Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D.
2015 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Awards and
West Dumas Community Family Life
12noon-3pm | 501 West Bowles| Dumas, AR| 71639
Celebration of Delta Creativity, Music, Arts, Food, Families and more is on the
way. 2015 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Festival Day is just around the
corner— It is the 10th year of the
Annual “Thanks for Giving” Celebration now with the added City PRIDE boys and
girls and youth and young adult features.
event motivates youth and young adults to go forth with their dreams and goals
in pursuit of their God-ordained careers as they continue in school or enter
the workforce. The awards segment has awarded over 10 leaders and businesses
who have given much to the community and we say to them- ‘Thanks for Giving”
with a special award.
festival brings the city together and attracts persons from across to Delta to
come and celebrate City P.R.I.D.E.- Positive Results in Dumas- Everyday. Past
Festival Days have brought over 1,000 persons to the West Dumas Community
Family Life Center Festival Days. Here is a list of some of the highlights in
Positive Awards to Youth and Young
Adults; includes talent and creative contest for youth and aspiring creative talents
to win scholarships with “earn while you learn” benefits.
2015 Mentor/Leadership/Service Awards to
Proven Leaders of Service
Literacy and Book Fair
College Recruitment Fair
Workforce Empowerment Zone with Job
Holiday Vendor Expo- Inviting small
businesses and startup businesses to bring a table of goods to “show and sell”
just in time for the holiday gifts.
Ø A “Taste of the Churches” Yes- their love and
holiday joy but also ‘a taste of great holiday food showcasing their best
recipes and cooks’
LAST YEAR IN REVIEW 2014
Annual “Thanks For Giving” Celebration
Taste of New Orleans Returns to Dumas for Thanksgiving
Saying “thanks for giving” to God and to
volunteers in a gathering with community, family, food and fellowship with a
taste of New Orleans sampled into a traditional holiday menu will be the
happenings this Saturday, November 15th from 11am-2pm, at the West Dumas
Community Family Life Center located at 501 West Bowles St in Dumas.Also
returning is the community “Taste of the Churches” where participating churches
bring a table of food decorated in their festive creative design and everyone gets
to get a “taste of the churches.”A
barn-fire styled station will be set up for youth to get their “hugs and hot
dogs” and roasted marshmallows.
Pastor Charles Johnson of Way Maker Ministries,
New Orleans, Louisiana will deliver the official “Thanks for Giving” keynote
address and he will bring deep-fried Cajun turkeys which will be served up with
homemade soups and chili.City
P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Results in Dumas-Everyday), HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral
of Faith and Way Maker Ministries of New Orleans and local ministries will also
present the 2014 “Thanks For Giving” Awards and the final community food
distribution of the year which includes special gifts of household goods to
include toiletries, health and beauty products and food items just in time for
the Thanksgiving meal. A special visit from the SNAP program will feature Ms. Lynn Sudderth, SNAP Outreach Field Manager. The SNAP Outreach Field Manager works with under served populations who are eligible for SNAP benefits but are currently not enrolled, trains agencies and volunteers to help eligible individuals apply for SNAP benefits.
The awards ceremony will take place at
1pm and one of the recipients will be Mayor James Berry who was
instrumental in helping to launch City P.R.I.D.E.
The event is free and open to the public.
Donations/contributions are requested and will be received to assist with the
ongoing food service and outreach efforts for 2015. Note: In case of extreme cold we will be at HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith located at 224 Walnut at Waterman in Dumas- please stop by the Life Center prior to proceeding to HMC).