BRISTOL - Kids and families filled the field on the side of the Cambridge Park Clubhouse Friday afternoon for the 19th Annual Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center Family Day.
Family Day is held every year to provide the club members an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day outside with the club and their families.
Children could be seen going down big inflatable slides and in and out of the bounce houses, which were surrounded by booths that featured various activities, games and organizations from the community. One of the booths housed The Hot 93.7 Street team, who were broadcasting the event live.
Each year, the event is organized by the Boy & Girls Club and the Bristol Housing Authority, said Cambridge Park unit director Jay Maia.
The Cambridge Park Clubhouse has been open for 21 years with a “great staff, team and leadership,” said Maia.
“We work together every year to make a day of unity, love, togetherness, pride, passion and community,” he said. “It takes all of these qualities to inspire kids to reach their full potential and be responsible citizens. It’s our driving force in holding events like this.”
Family Day is the biggest event the Bristol Housing Authority organizes each year, said senior property manager Marilyn Rivera, who has taken part in organizing the event for 10 years.
“It’s a wonderful event. Everyone from the community is here, it’s truly a great time,” Rivera said. “It takes a while to organize the event. We start about four or five months before.”
While children and their families waited for The Maia Experience to perform on a stage that was set up next to a basketball court filled with kids, others found a spot on the grass to enjoy the food being served.
One of those individuals was Glorybel Boebel, who lives in Cambridge Park and attends Family Day each year.
Boebel, who was a club member growing up, said she brought her five children to the event, three of whom are club members.
“It’s a great event. It’s so much fun for everyone and I like the awards ceremonies,” Boebel said. “The community really gets together to organize this event. Everyone chips in.”
Dawn Burke, the director of corporate foundation and donor relations, said that this year a “free flea market” was incorporated into Family Day. It was set up under a gazebo and featured tables covered with “items everyone donated that are up for grabs to anyone.”
“This is the first year we had the ‘free flea market,’ which Jay [Maia] organized,” Burke said. “Jay and the staff organized the whole thing and did a wonderful job.”
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