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Exquisite pastries on decorative tables prepared by Macy’s Chief Norm, along with a heart healthy lunch, was the menu of the event.
SHELLY THOMPSON WITH SON, DARRIS
AFN is a non-profit that works with families who are rearing children with mental health, emotional and behavioral concerns. AFN recognizes the importance of families spending quality time with their children outside of mental health appointments or therapeutic interventions.
These appointments can be taxing on a family so valuable time together, outside of those areas, are a crucial part of family bonding. As such, the organization has in the past, sponsored events for families including, Kennywood Park and Sandcastle and more recently a Father/Daughter dinner dance which gave dads and their daughters valuable time to spend with one another. Kids and young adults shared with their mothers a variety of entertainment.
Comic Kevin Skinner, of “America’s Most Wanted Comic,” performed a routine of funny jokes that brought everyone to side-splitting laughter.
Recording artist, John “Steez” Wagner, sang an acappella version of “Momma,” made popular by Boyz II Men, much to everyone’s delight.
Much to his credit, Young D’Angelo Mitchell, a mime, performed through technical difficulties to Micheal Jackson’s “Make The World A Better Place.”
Marquise and Arron had some of the children read a testimony to their mothers titled, “How Young Men Should Treat A Lady.”
Later, the supervisor of this event, Toni Ballard, M.A. of AFN and working with High Fidelity Rap-Around Process, shared her thoughts of the day. “This event is to showcase mothers and sons and to give them quality time with one another, all the children that come through our organization are dealing with mental health or emotional and behavioral concerns. Events like this give them an opportunity to share outside of the issues. We hope to show Allegheny County that even though children have mental health concerns, they still can have a wonderful time with their parents and just enjoy the time together.”
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