The Alliance's 15th Annual Potluck in the Park, held Sunday, August 4, in Dunton Park, Holland, drew a large and diverse crowd. Newcomers and long-time members, plus many youngsters, enjoyed delicious food, good music, and lots of fellowship. Balloon animals, face painting, games, a piñata, and drawings for gift cards added to the fun.

Coming just two weeks after vandals targeted the vehicles of African American residents and shouted racial slurs, the Potluck was also a time to reflect on what happened and raise funds to help the victims of the incidents. Rev. Wayne Coleman announced an August 13 open forum to take place at Imagine Fellowship: "Justice for Some or Justice for All? A Community Conversation on Race." Several city officials attended the Potluck, including city council members, city manager, Ourstreet director, and members of the Human Relations Commission.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success: MC Marvin Younger; musicians Greg Hulsebos and Greg Pellegrino; balloon artists Kim and Luis Romano; Liz Barveld, pinata; Yessenia Aguirre, children’s activities; Lisa Eisenhauer, face-painting; and volunteers Bin Lim, Norma Luna, Eleanor Lopez, Bobbie Brown, Karen Prins, Charlie, Ngoc Mong Pham, Patricia Bradfield, Al and Peg Minert, Mary and Dean De Ridder, Maggi Rivera, Herb and Ann Weller.

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