United We Stand
Annual community reunion and picnic Sept. 21
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The third Saturday in September means United We Stand's Youth Appreciating Senior Citizens community and family reunion and picnic.
The annual event, held at the Newnan Housing Authority's Boone Drive playground, features lots of food and fellowship.
It's put on by United We Stand for Positive Results, The Housing Authority, the Newnan Classic Car Club, Girls on the Move and the Dream Starter Association, with support from Newnan Utilities and Cargill.
The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. and all are welcome, said Willie Pritchett of United We Stand.
This year's event will be a special one, as it will be the last one primarily sponsored by United We Stand. Pritchett and Clarence “C-Bo” Bohannon, the founding fathers of United We Stand, are passing the torch to the Dream Starter Association, a group of young men, many of whom went through United We Stand as teens themselves, who have formed a new organization to help youth.
"We're glad the young men want to step in and become part" of serving the youth, Pritchett said. "We're old. I feel like the young people will listen to other young people a little better than they will old folks," he said.
"We're not going away," he said. "We're just letting the young men continue the tradition… we'll be sitting on the porch."
The event was founded as a way to bring the community together, especially young people and senior citizens so they could "try to get a better understanding of each other," Pritchett said.
And it's been very successful in that objective. "It's been wonderful. Wonderful," said Pritchett.
Local politicians are always invited to the event, so people can meet them. There will also be a small awards ceremony recognizing "people who have helped along the way," Pritchett said.
There will be a DJ and hopes are for some live entertainment, as well.
There has been so much support over the years, from the business community, the churches, and the politicians and government officials.
The night before the picnic, Bohannon, Pritchett and others stay up all night smoking meat. Members of the community bring sides and desserts.
"Anyone wanting to be a part, get in touch with one of us," said Pritchett. "We'll be glad to have them."
They'll also take any donations, of money and of food. Cargill donates a lot of meat for the event, but they usually buy some, as well. Cargill has "been with us a long time; they have been a blessing," Pritchett said.
Any leftovers are returned to the community. "We don't ever know how many people will be there… it always ends up being enough," Pritchett said.
For more information, contact Bohannon at 770-658-4242, Pritchett at 678-978-4070 or Glynnis Tanner of the Newnan Housing Authority at 770-253-6461, ext. 106, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .