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Hundreds of Residents Enjoy Germantown Community Day

August 31, 2018

If you weren’t at Gunners Lake Local Park last Saturday afternoon, you missed something. Something that Germantown hasn’t seen a quite a while. You missed out on civic pride and community. It was glorious, and not just the weather. It was an event which will hopefully plant a seed, in the minds of those who organized it and the many who attended.

   It wasn’t a black-tie gala. It wasn’t a sporting event. It wasn’t a special invite-only happening. It was the Germantown Community Day. It was our community coming together to celebrate our community — and it was glorious.

   The event was produced by the members of the ACE Project at Seneca Valley High School, under the supervision of Ali Hashemzadeh, or Coach Ali, with help from official sponsors the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, The Maryland SoccerPlex, and Maryland Physicians Care.

  The day was filled with fun and fellowship, from the tunes pumped by the deejay to the smiles on the kid's faces as they played in the many inflatables from Backyard Inflatables. Attendees enjoyed performances by the Seneca Valley High School marching band and the talented kids from the Roberto Clemente Middle School Rock Band program which played a concert in the park as part of the festivities.

   The event featured local organizations and businesses and allowed Germantown residents to come out and spend some time in fellowship under a beautiful blue sky, and learn about the many benefits available to our community and the great folks who live here.

   However, the real sponsors of the event were the students who worked to make it happen and the residents who came out to support it. The student-athletes at Seneca Valley High School which put this event together were real sponsors, but the benefactors were the wonderful folks who make up our Germantown community.

   Hashemzadeh, who is the new Head Coach of the Seneca Valley Girls Varsity Team, said that the students had worked hard to make the event a reality this summer. “During the lead up to the event, a lot of the work had been coordinating and confirmations. I have one student-athlete who was assigned to coordinating all the fieldwork to be completed on the day of the event. His name is Shy’on Frazier, a rising senior at Seneca Valley High School. There pretty much is not a week that goes by that he and I weren’t bouncing ideas off of each other”

   Coach Ali said Frazier was tasked with managing the "day of" resources included managing the student volunteers for tasks such as set-up, break-down, parking management, clean-up and overall administration of the event itself. Coach Ali was quick to point out that the group also had for Seneca Valley students returning from college who have also reached out to volunteer their time and be a part of the Community Day.

  Hashemzadeh also pointed out two local principals who were instrumental in helping The ACE Project put the event together; Elise Burgess of Sally K. Ride Elementary and Nora Dietz from Captain James E. Daly Elementary schools. “They both had been a great resource along the way and a great team that I could turn to with questions. Their established community connections, insight, and resources were an awesome asset along the way,” he said.

   He was also quick to point out the support and invaluable assistance he received from his wife, Christina. “She has had to both hear about and provide input about the plans for Germantown Community Day for the last six months – every day for six months. She has been great in assisting me with planning,” said Coach Ali.

   The event featured local organizations and businesses and allowed Germantown residents to come out and spend some time in fellowship under a beautiful blue sky, and learn about the many benefits available to our community and the great folks who live here.

   As a participant, Germantown Pulse had a table under a nice red tent and thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of our readers and allowing the Pulse to get a more direct connection with its audience. We thank everyone for their kind words and encouragement.

   Kudos and congratulations to the student-athletes involved in The ACE Project, Coach Ali Hashemzadeh, and who had a hand in producing this event for stepping up and producing something which the entire community could enjoy. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Germantown Pulse thanks you and commends you for being an important part of why this community is a wonderful place to live and work.

   Germantown Pulse hopes the unmitigated success of Germantown Community Day will inspire other individuals and organizations to take a chance and produce events for our community. From speaking with Coach Ali, the Pulse is sure that he’s already got big plans for next year’s event. Thank you for a glorious first step, and a glimpse at the potential future of our community, the Germantown Pulse and Germantown community applaud your efforts.

 

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