This past Sunday, the Family First Center of Lake County and Ceasefire co-sponsored the annual Block Party and Car Show 2013. Although an exact count of those that attended was not taken, we estimate that at least 1500 people showed up for the event!!! We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout and everyone seemed to have an awesome time. Children had their faces painted and bounced away happily on the inflatable playgrounds. People of all ages sang and danced along with the pounding bass, killing it on the floor to "Jump On It", "Cha Cha Slide", and other classics. The food was snatched up like it was going out of style and the crowd was speckled with blue, green, and red smiles from delicious snow cones. Bikers squealed their wheels and revved their engines, the noise occasionally puncturing the roar of talking, music, and laughter. Boys whooped and cheered as their team made baskets during the basketball tournament. People "ooo"ed and "ahh"ed at the flashy cars, admiring engines, suicide doors, rims, and body work, all polished so well that you needed sunglasses just stand near them. The whole event was a day of organized chaos - people milled about, meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and just plain enjoying the feeling of togetherness. Around 8pm the crowd began to thin and the celebrations began to wrap up. A few dance veterans strutted their stuff for the last few songs before the music finally died down. Gradually, everyone returned to their cars with their families and made their ways back home. But we here at the FFC hope that the feeling of togetherness that this Block Party gave us doesn't fade. We hope that the underlying message - that we are a community, a body of people who can come together in a show of peace and good will towards one another - sticks around and makes an impact on the way we all think about Waukegan and the surrounding communities. We all have common ground - we love to have fun!!! The FFC and Ceasefire were honored to host this event and watch as our community members rejoiced in their fellowship with one another. We'd love to host more events such as this, so please continue to support our organizations! Thanks to all that attended - you made it a wonderful celebration!
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