Montgomery County Unity in Community Day brings residents together
Ron Curtis wanted to do something to give back to the community while also bringing it closer together. He also wanted to help children in some fashion. He accomplished both when he organized and hosted the fourth annual Montgomery County Unity in Community Day at Mermaid Lake Swim and Golf Club in Blue Bell Aug. 5.
More than 100 men, women and children showed up to the all-day event, which featured all-you-can-eat crabs, plus other picnic staples including hot dogs and hamburgers. The event also had a DJ, a pool and multiple outdoor games, including basketball and volleyball for children and their families to play.
“I’m trying to give back to the kids and we came up with a way to help give back,” said Curtis.
The event was supported by a number of different groups and organizations, including the radio station Praise 103.9 out of Philadelphia and the GOTCHA Club, an organization started by 13-year-old Jenna Yorko in an effort to get people of all ages “educated, motivated and participating in healthy/humanitar- ian activities,” according to its mission statement.
“We are a family and community enrichment program,” said Jenna, founder and CEO of GOTCHA (Get Off The Couch With Health/Humanitarian Activities). “Our goal is to connect everyone and get everyone together.”
In addition to the different groups and organizations that were present at the event, the pastor of Curtis’ church, Zion Baptist in Ambler, was present, speaking highly of Curtis both for the event and as a humanitarian and an ambassador for the community.
“When they had the floods in Ambler, Ronnie was a great part of the support. He collected donations and made sure everyone had food and water,” said Chapman. “I think Ronnie is doing an excellent job in trying to bring together the Ambler community.”
According to Curtis, the event raised more than $2,000 and the proceeds will be distributed to several local charities, including Chosen 300 Inc., an organization that helps feed the homeless; Interfaith Women Against Abuse; and the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League, which offers a variety of programs, ac- cording to Ty Tate of PAL.
“It will go into a general fund and every little bit helps,” said Tate.
The donation for PAL will also go to programs in a new, combined effort of PAL and Mission Kids in Blue Bell, an organization that helps children who have been abused.
“It is a bridge to help get the kids back on track,” said Tate. “After seeing all the bad in life, we are trying to show them the positives. We are able to get to more kids and show them the right path and that’s what I’m here for, working with Mission Kids and PAL.”
If nothing else, Unity in Community Day provided a day of entertainment, fun and fellowship for all those in attendance. For the benefit of the community, however, it provided something more.
“I’m just trying to give back to Montgomery County and I’m trying to help kids,” Curtis said.
Volunteers, from left to right, Willow Grove resident Ronnie Graham, Ambler resident Walter Childs, and Philadelphia resident Murad Abdellah, are joined by Montgomery County Unity in Community Day coordinator Ron Curtis, right, owner of Final Touch Barber Shop in Ambler, Aug. 5.
Jenna Yorko, founder and CEO of the GOTCHA Club, hands out information about her club
Alyssa Reed, 5, of Lansdale, swims in Mermaid Lake’s pool at the Montgomery County Unity in Community Day.