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Thank You for Celebrating Juneteenth with Us!

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

"Great food and wonderful vendors..  Wonderful representation of the educational awareness that recreates the meaning of this holiday "Juneteenth". Great job Dorcas Meyers!💐" Said Deborah Moody, Staten Island, NY


"The light from the ancestors continues to burn 🔥 thru us and we will continue to kindle the flame so that we pass the light on burning even brighter for our future" Said Michael Watson, Shaolin Ryders, Staten Island, NY


"We at 'A FAMILY TING' would like to thank Roc-A-Natural for hosting the Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Tappen Park!  As a life long Staten Islander,  it was beautiful to see my community come together and celebrate and support each other.

" Said Natasha Lewis, Staten Island, NY 


On behalf of Roc-A-Natural Cultural Foundation Inc in collaboration with Friends Who Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Organization, Jason Price, and Shaolin Ryders, we want to give a huge THANK YOU to the Staten Island Foundation for awarding us the grant to support the Juneteenth 2023 education event! We were thrilled to learn of Roc-A-Natural Cultural Foundation Inc's selection for this honor and we are deeply appreciative of your support.


Thank you to all who helped make the Juneteenth Freedom Parade & Freedom Festival at Tappen Park a success! We couldn't have done it without you.


Although, we were operating on a shoe string budget, we were able to bring out all the bells and whistles befitting of this historical celebration while sharing the true essence of Juneteenth and diversity and inclusion to boot, due to the generous sponsorships and donations received.


Big thanks to our sponsors, donors, vendors, Freedom Parade Participants, performers, friends,  family and volunteers for the love and commitment you have given towards the success of this culturally developed and "edu-taining" Juneteenth event! 


A special thank you to Lamona Worrell M.P.A. Assistant Commissioner & Senior Community Advisor

New York City Office of the Mayor

Community Affairs Unit for taking the time out of her busy schedule to  join us at the Juneteenth Freedom Parade and welcome our participants It was great seeing you enjoying yourself on the Evolution Steel Pan Orchestra float, bringing Brooklyn vibes to Staten Island. 


A very special thank you to Vanessa Edwards-El, The Events Strategist, Urbane Events LLC, NYC ParksNYPD 120 PrecinctSheldon Lewis, Secta 5 Prod.,DJ FlashDJ General Tactics

Unitonic Music, E&D Records, Staten Island MediaNYC Arts CypherStaten Island Freedom Players, Virgilio Meyers, Barbara Register, Mood Swings Vintage Things, Santander Volunteers, NYPL-Stapleton Branch, La Colmena, Wanda Chambers, Once Upon A Hat, Sacoya, Ites International Designs and all of you who participated to ensure a successful "edu-taining" event.


Last, but not least, thank you to Priya Shahi, SI Advance for media coverage of the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Parade!  https://www.silive.com/news/2023/06/staten-islands-juneteenth-a-parade-performances-cultural-celebrations-and-a-visit-from-mayor-adams.html 


This is a "we" thing and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with each of you to bring health, arts, and culture into the everyday lives of Staten Islanders and beyond. 


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Cherry R.
Cherry R.
Jun 22, 2023

SOOOO glad everything came together quite nicely! 🙌🏽💞☺️

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