Mont­gomery County Unity in Community Day brings res­i­dents to­gether

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Tony Fioriglio

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.

Pho­tos for the Gazette by ASH­LEY CAMP­BELL

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.

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