Ten years after forming a foundation that honors families as the core of our communities, the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation is set to rejoice in reaching its golden anniversary.
Fathers, mothers and children will be the focal point, said Don Smith, Founder and Chairman of MCJCF. “Through their strength, courage and contributions, they weave an indomitable fabric that sustains our homes, schools, and businesses,” added Smith, who is also a Missouri City Councilmember, representing District B.
This year, in a salute to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the organization, Fathers will stand strong in a special Community Service Awards Gala tribute on Thursday, June 14 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The guest speaker will be retired NBA star Charlie Ward, who played basketball with the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. Ward, who is also a Heisman Trophy winner, is presently Head Football Coach at Westbury Christian School in Houston.
“Juneteenth is definitely a celebration of our heritage, how far we’ve come and where we’ve come from,” Ward shared recently. “It’s a good opportunity to look back and remember but also move forward from that time.”
Juneteenth’s 10th Anniversary celebrations will feature a Scholarship Golf Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course and a One Mile of Smiles Parade along Texas Parkway.
Other special celebration salutes detailed on www.mcjcf.com include:
The MCJCF Scholarship Golf Tournament on Monday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Quail Valley Golf Course, 2880 La Quinta Dr. Play is open to golfers of all skill levels and there will be contests on the course for gift bags. A post-event awards luncheon is included; proceeds will benefit local students pursuing college degrees.
Family Fun Day in the Park and Night Out all day on Friday, June 15. Free festivities at Hunters Glen Park, 1340 Independence Blvd., will feature fun-filled family activities, the Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. and a movie—“Red Tails”—at dusk.
Festival Under the Stars and One Mile of Smiles Parade on Saturday, June 16. The free festival fete will take place all day at Hunters Glen Park. From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., the public is invited to compete in a Community Bid Whist and Domino Challenge. And, what is a celebration without a parade. The historical One Mile of Smiles Parade will kick off at 7 p.m. on Texas Parkway and include the nationally renowned Greater Fort Bend All Star Band, the Buffalo Soldiers Color Guards, the Phyllis Wheatley High School Band, the Texans Cheerleaders, and various other corporate and civic groups, as well as celebrities and dignitaries. To accommodate the parade, a portion of the roadway from Buffalo Run to Court Road will close at 5 p.m.
“We are excited about the Foundation’s success thus far,” Smith said. “These events were created to enhance the quality of life of Fort bend County residents through education, historical and cultural awareness, music and entertainment, and the encouragement of family values.”