Edgewood Community Embraces First One Edgewood Campaign Event
By Khyati Desai-Seltzer, Regional Resident Services Manager
On September 7, 2013, a team of Edgewood Terrace resident leaders, with support from CPDC Resident Services Manager Yerodin Avent, held the first “Music in the Gardens” community event. The event was one in a series of planned activities for CPDC’s ONE Edgewood Campaign. The campaign is designed to promote Edgewood as ONE community and to encourage residents to come together to build a sense of community regardless of where they live on the campus or what differences exist between them (e.g. age, race, gender, background, etc.).
The overall goals of the campaign are to:
- Support Edgewood resident initiatives and leadership.
- Share useful community information.
- Create vehicles for and generally improve community-wide communication.
- Promote volunteerism, civic engagement, and political awareness.
- Work toward full use of planned renovations across the Edgewood campus.
Several hundred residents came out and showed their support for “Music in the Gardens.” The event included fun activities for residents of all ages. Children experienced a moon bounce, face painting, balloon making, and a water slide. Older youth participated in “egg-in-a-spoon” relay and 3-legged races which included prizes for the winners. Adults enjoyed music and line dancing while the seniors gave a concert and step performance. Refreshments for the event included grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and snow cones. YIMAE, an organization that recently partnered with CPDC’s Edgewood community, provided the sound equipment, music, and microphones.
This event showcases how CPDC and communities together are growing and thriving.