The idea for Unity in the Community Family Fun Day came from discussions among Mayor Lamar Fisher, BSO command staff and local clergy. These three groups wanted a project that would unite the community. The Rev. William Clark spearheaded the project in 2011 with homeowner association leaders and church leaders. He outlined his idea to provide an event that would provide a sense of camaraderie among all ethnic communities, races, religions and the five districts of Pompano Beach.
Civic leaders formed the planning committee and partnered with the City’s Parks and Recreation Dept., BSO, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. The project emerged as a free Family Fun Day. The inaugural event was held Feb. 4, 2012 at Community Park with over 80 exhibitors and has grown to 140 exhibitors in 2017. These exhibitors are a mix of nonprofits, civic organizations, cultural organizations and businesses. Various multi-cultural groups and local talent perform. BSO provides several demonstrations, manpower and security. The Chamber of Commerce provided guidance and introductions to local businesses.
Through the generous support of our local businesses, food and drinks are provided at no charge. The event has been declared a success by those in attendance, sponsors and exhibitors. BSO estimates the attendance has been 3000-4000 since the second event in 2013. Exit surveys from exhibitors and attendees indicated a very positive response with an overall desire to see it occur annually. As a result, a 501(c)3 was formed to plan and implement the event each year. We are now planning for the 9th Annual Unity in the Community Family Fun Day.
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