Monday September 21, 2009
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Across the United States on Monday, September 28th, families will be encouraged to sit down and have dinner together as a way to communicate and build a stronger bond and at the same time talk about a serious subject: drug abuse.
In Metro Louisville, Councilwomen Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), Judith Green (D-1) and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) will go one step further and provide dinner for area children with some the help of Wendy’s and other sponsors.
“This year, we hope to feed at least 800 children for free,” says Green. “But the real focus here is to promote togetherness between parents and their children.”
The 7th Annual National Family Day Celebration will get underway at Wendy’s on Algonquin Parkway from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The first 800 children accompanied by an adult will get a free meal. There will also be entertainment, health screenings and activities for the entire family.
“Over the years, this event has become a reminder of the importance of our families,” says Woolridge. “In the rush of everyday life, we need to take time out for parents and children to have fun together and talk to each other.”
The concept came about by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. National Family Day promotes parental involvement as a way to prevent substance abuse among children and teenagers. Its goal is to raise healthy families.
“We know when families are healthy it not only benefits a child’s future but our neighborhoods and communities,” says Hamilton. “"This is a great time for us to support the families in our districts.”
Joining the Councilwomen and Wendy’s as sponsors are the Park DuValle Health Center. Coca Cola, main lien Broadcasting B96.5FM, The Links, Inc, Pi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Louisville Metro Government, West Louisville Business Association , the Embroidery Gallery and Ryder Truck Rental.
Other participants include the Metro Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Louisville Free Public Library, Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, the Louisville Bats, NAACP, the University of Louisville, Louisville Metro Police, Louisville Fire and Rescue.
For more information about the 7th Annual National Family Day Celebration, contact Mary Gardner at 502-254-7130 or Kathy Brent 502-876-1679.
Judith Green (D) 1
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5