Second Bronx Unity Day brings neighbors together

Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson joined Bronx Unity Day’s master of ceremonies Assemblyman Peter Rivera and comptroller candidate John Liu at the fun filled event, which included performances by several dance companies. Photo by Robert Benimoff

Community members enjoyed a lively, fun-filled day complete with live entertainment, health screenings, and visits from elected officials at the second annual Bronx Unity Day on Saturday, September 5.

The street festival took place on Pugsley Avenue between Westchester Avenue and Cross Bronx Expressway. It had a number of corporate sponsors including Affinity Health Plan, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Con Edison, Fidelis Care, McDonalds, Metro Plus Health Plans, and Touchstone Health.

The event was hosted by Assemblyman Peter Rivera, and was run by United Coalition Association in conjunction with assistance from Councilwoman Annabel Palma.

“The Bronx Unity Day brings together people from all backgrounds, cultures, and races,” said United Coalition president Ronald Savage.

“The community can come together and see the services that are available to them. The different health providers were there, and we had people of all nationalities, including our Muslim and Bangladeshi neighbors, attend this fun-filled day.”

United Coalition’s mission is to fight juvenile delinquency, and Savage said the organization hosts many different programs to help youth realize their full potential.

United Coalition sponsors a college fair every year and an essay contest whose winners and runners-up receive payment of their application fees at five C.U.N.Y. schools of their choice. Next year, the coalition will sponsor it annual college fair on March 19 at the Castle Hill Community Center.

Assemblyman Peter Rivera presented Ronald Savage with a proclamation at the community day for all of his hard work in organizing youth programs.

The Bronx Community Day also included musical entertainment from the Toby Rivera Orchestra and Tiffany. Comptroller William Thompson, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Councilman John Lui also spoke to the crowd, which included several hundred people.

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