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District 5 Community Celebration is set for September 19th

Shawnee Park will have music, fun and the Annual Molly Leonard Awards

Shawnee Park will once again host a very special event in September designed to bring together families, friends, young and old as Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee announce the 2015 Community Celebration set for Saturday, September 19th.

“Once a year, we want to bring everyone together who has helped make a difference in the district and honor those who have given their time and talent for the benefit of all,” says Hamilton (D-5). “It is a time to kick back and enjoy the last days of summer.”

The Celebration will be held at the Shawnee Park Amphitheater from 10:00am until dusk. A wide variety of sounds and other entertainment is planned and will be announced.

From 10:00am to 2:00pm Children’s Activities will be underway.

There will be a Custom Showcase Car Show all day

From 3:00pm to 8:00pm, there will local music and cultural talent featuring: Tony Fish, The Louisville Connection, The Unlimited Show Band, Maestro J, Mike B, and Roots and Wings.

The highlight of the Celebration is always the Annual Molly Leonard Community Service Awards. The Awards are presented to salute many dedicated volunteers in the District 5 Community.

Molly Leonard was a well-respected and dedicated community activist and leader in the Portland neighborhood for many years and began volunteering in the community at the age of 13 who was well known and well-loved by the people of Portland. In 2014, The Portland Community Center was renamed in her honor.

“There are many volunteers who deserve our thanks for taking the time and effort to help others and our community,” says Hamilton. “These awards are our way of showing our thanks and gratitude for all they do.”

If you wish to nominate someone for a Molly Leonard Community Service Award, the deadline is September 4th to submit their name and bio to the Councilwoman’s office.

“The important thing to remember is this Celebration is a time to relax. So come enjoy yourself, kick back with your friends as the days cool down and enjoy the sounds of Jazz, R&B, and the spoken word,” says Hamilton.

The Celebration is also looking for vendors of all kinds including food, crafts, information , nonprofit and community groups and other. If you are a vendor or would like to volunteer to help with all the fun, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105 or email

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