Racial Unity Festival seeks volunteers

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Granby Racial Reconciliation Group is seeking volunteers to help run its first Granby Racial Unity Festival on Saturday, June 29 from 8 am – 9:30 p.m. at Granby Memorial High School.

The festival will include various music genres including Native American drumming, Latin Dance, Indian Classical Dance, West African Music and Dance as well as a featured Interracial Jazz/R&B band. A Greater Hartford 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled in the community gym at the beginning of the festival. Admission is free and multicultural food will be available for purchase. Community vendors will have informational booths to share their offerings.

Volunteers are needed to help with stage, gate and parking management, setup and breakdown, and cleanup. Volunteer time can count toward community service requirements for high school students or can be a great way to show support for this important cultural event.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and some volunteers will be needed prior to and after these hours. A minimum two-hour commitment is requested, though longer shifts are certainly welcome.

The Granby Racial Unity Festival is made possible by grants from Pomeroy-Brace Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Granby Education Foundation. Additional sponsors include Selective Development; Murphy, Laudati, Kiel and Rattigan, LLC; Dave and Jenny Emery; Granby Family Eye Care; Windsor Federal Bank, Farmington Valley Plumbing and anonymous donors.

To volunteer, please register on GRR’s website: granbyracialreconciliation.com/racialunity. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

—Submitted by Granby Racial Unity Festival Committee