Last weekend, my family attended the annual Hearts of Gold Community Day at the Willie Ware Community Center, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Hearts of Gold is a volunteer organization of present and former Hartford residents, who raise money throughout the year (through concerts, benefit dances and other fun community events), so that a grand outdoor gathering can be held, for free, for families of Hartford. This year’s event boasted hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, homemade macaroni salad and coleslaw, corn on the cob, and, of course, the “Watermelon Man.” Kids played on the playground or congregated in the rec center, while the “old folks” line danced til their feet gave out.

We attend each year, and the event never ceases to be a joyous, fun and heartwarming event. It is good to see communities gather together for family-oriented, positive events.

Greg Todd, co-President (center back), opening the Annual Hearts of Gold Community Day with prayer in Hartford, Connecticut (2012) (Photo Credit (c) 2012, Kim M. Bennett)

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