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
Angela An, morning anchor at
WBNS-10 TV, served as emcee.