"We feel that this is a very important event to do because as all the violence is erupting in our community, to strengthen our community we need our men to stand up and we're here to support them and engage at any level possible" - Joyce Chapman
The Gately Park Advisory Council held their second annual Men Cook Too Grill-Off event on July 12, 2014. The event was geared towards engaging and empowering the men in the surrounding communities. There were a total of thirteen grillers participating from all over the Chicago area including Chris Goins, Principle of Butler College Prep. The event has grown in size first annual event that took place last year.
In addition to the grill-off competition there was also lots of fun activities and performances for both youth and the adults to enjoy. Chris Hutcherson founder of Endure gave quick boxing and defense lessons at the event. People even got a nice taste of soulful jazz saxophone playing by the young teen Nathaniel Turner.
Other partners included City of Chicago Park District, Wendell Smith School, Rosemoor Little League, Metropolitan Family Services, Demoiselle 2 Femme, and Penny Up. This event also acted as fundraiser for Gately Park's summer day camp and after school program. As an added bonus there was a free raffle drawing throughout the entire event. Those prizes included gifts cards to popular restaurants and stores. The winner(s) of the grill off competition received a 42' flatscreen TV brought to the event by the Men Cook Too event.
"We're uplifting and engaging men in our community, its so pertinent for us to uplift our African American men because they are truly the head of the household... when we see change in them it provokes change in others" - Colby Chapman #PennyUp
It was such a pleasure to be apart of such a wonderful event - iGrind4Real.com team
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