NEWS RELEASE   6/24/2010

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Fireworks and Family Fun Activities Planned For
Downtown Flint July 3rd and 4th
Celebrate: I Am Flint Festival to include 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Fashion Show, Live Entertainment, Gospel Showcase, Carnival,
Fireworks Show, and much more

Flint, Michigan-June 23, 2010 - Flint Athletes for Better Education (FABE) in cooperation with Flint Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host the Celebrate: I Am Flint Independence Day weekend Festival. The Celebration will take place in Downtown Flint on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4, 2010.

The two day event is free to the public and will include activities for the whole family. In addition to the Fireworks Show the festival will also include Carnival Games, Bounce Houses, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Bands, Choirs, Fashion Show, Vendors and more.

“The purpose of the event is to celebrate Flint’s rich history and its people with a focus toward the future” said Jeff Grayer, President of FABE and former NBA star.

The I Am Flint festival is being made possible through generous donations from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Health Plus of Michigan, Mott Community College, Citizens Bank, WEYI-NBC-25, The CW-46, Club 93.7, WFLT 1420, Flint Community Schools Athletic Association, Damion Fraser Attorney At Law, T3 Promotions, and Stewardship Promotions.

The event is a true collaborative effort said Rev. Timothy Stokes, Flint area pastor and member of the Flint Athletes 4 Better Education. “It’s really in the best interest of all of us who have an investment in the city to pull together and do what we can to bring some positive things to this region”, said Stokes.

This year’s fireworks show will be more spectacular than ever. “The DDA purchased high-flying aerial fireworks that can be seen from a greater distance,” said Larry Ford, COO of Downtown Development Authority. “The hope is that with the high flying fireworks show more people will be able to enjoy them from their own backyards.”

Schedule of events

Saturday July 3, 2010
Flint Athletes for Better Education (FABE) 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (10AM - 5PM)
Live Entertainment (Noon -7PM)
Local Designer Fashion Show (5PM -6PM)
Live DJ

Sunday July 4, 2010
Gospel Showcase (4PM - 10PM)
Praise & Worship
Choir Performances
Mimes Performance
Inspirational Dance
Inspirational Skits
Special Performances by: Pastor Seon Thompson, National Recording Group R.E.I.G.N., Rodger Jones Trio, Lynn Calloway, Michael Majer, and Highest Praise and others

10:00 pm Fireworks
Sponsored by Flint Downtown Development Authority

For more information contact Dawn Jones @ 810-237-2039 or

For information on how to become a volunteer for this event contact Joyce Thomas, Very Special Events @ 810-516-8434.

Flint Athletes for Better Education (FABE) is a nonprofit agency based in Flint, Michigan with the purpose of empowering children to form a better community through education and mentoring. The organization is funded by contributions, donations, grants and bequests from individuals and organizations (public and private), and fundraising activities.

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