ENGLEWOOD — A South Side organization is promoting community unity this holiday weekend with an event honoring men and fathers.
Mr. Dad’s Father’s Club will host a Father’s March from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine Ave. The free event will feature games, face painters, a bouncy house, live music and food prepared by Michael “Chef Mike” Airhart.
The Englewood Community Action Council will also have a vaccine tent at the celebration. Residents can choose between receiving the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Children ages 12 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine with a parent or guardian. No insurance or ID card is required.
Second appointments for Pfizer, a two-dose vaccine, will be scheduled at the time of the first appointment.
The family-fun event is sponsored by Hit the Hood, a collective founded by My Block, My Hood, My City.
Mr. Dad’s Father’s Club Founder Joseph Williams said although the march pays tribute to the men in the community, it’s also a time to celebrate life and love.
“We’re bringing everybody together,” Williams said. “ There are a lot of good men and fathers in our communities who are overall doing great work, but it’s also going to be a great day where we want to get folks to come together on every possible level and enjoy each other for a day. It’s a family day.”
Williams said “peace and unity” are what residents need.
Recent shootings have devastated the Englewood community. Four people, including two young mothers, were killed in a mass shooting on June 15.
He said he wants Saturday’s event to give people hope for the future of Englewood.
“It’s events like this that give people the opportunity to understand that, although there is all of this violence and different things going on in the city right now, there’s still hope that we can come together as people and get the resources that we need.”
The Father’s March is free and open to anyone in the city.
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