Fathers play an important role in the lives of our children, and you can kick off Father’s Day weekend with a special, free event. Celebrate Fatherhood Montgomery County 2013 will be held June 14 at The Vineyard Church, 1222 N. Main, and June 15 at Island Park, 101 E. Helena Street.
Most festivities will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Island Park. There will be door prizes, along with educational activities such as reading corners for parents and children. Area gospel sensation “Ditto Girls” will entertain the crowd along with other acts. There will also be plenty of free hot dogs, chips, fruit, drinks and ice cream for families to enjoy.
At least two dozen community service providers are expected to attend Saturday’s event. They include Dayton Metro Library, The Miami Valley Child Development Center, CareSource, Volunteers of America, Montgomery County’s Office of Ex-Offender Re-Entry and Montgomery County Job and Family Services, Child Support Division.
Opening events will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on June 14. Judge Walter Rice will speak about the commitment he has seen in area fathers and how they have impacted our youth. Other featured speakers are Ohio Job & Family Services Director Michael Colbert and Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Executive Director Kimberly Dent. Dayton Public Schools’ Chief of Innovation David Lawrence will reveal which area students are winners of the Fatherhood Art/Essay Contest.
This second annual free event is sponsored by your Montgomery County Job and Family Services, Child Support Division, which is dedicated to providing resources to help fathers enhance financial and emotional support for their children. For more information, call Fatherhood Program Coordinator Mike Newsom at (937) 496-7569.