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Councilor Steven Hoyt to Host Eighth Annual Party with a Purpose

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Saturday, October 4, 2014

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-254-2055

Cell: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL—Educate, engage, have fun! That’s the goal for Birmingham City Councilor Steven Hoyt as he prepares to host thousands of neighborhood citizens and volunteers at the “Eighth Annual Party With a Purpose.” This neighborhood event will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Ensley Park located at 2800 Avenue K, Ensley.

“Each year Party With a Purpose gets better and better, and I’m always enthusiastic about leading this great initiative,” Councilor Hoyt said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the support from our community and sponsors who make this a signature event for the entire city of Birmingham. It’s all about giving back to our citizens, and I feel that this event does just that.”

Councilor Steven Hoyt launched Party With a Purpose in 2006. Since then this annual event has earned the Best Neighborhood Program Award in 2011 from the Neighborhoods USA conference. Each year thousands of neighborhood citizens attend along with hundreds of community volunteers add to the events’ increased success. This year attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of musical artists, participate in family fun activities, and take part in an on-site job fair with employers from the community.

“Party With a Purpose is more than a party; during this event we educate citizens on a variety of issues, and make them aware of the resources that are available to them,” said Anthony C. Marino, owner of Marino’s Market. “As a business owner I feel that it is our civic duty to reach out to citizens, and to let them know that we care, and this event lets me do jus that.”

Since the inception of Party With a Purpose, Councilor Hoyt has also spawned Education With a Purpose that began in 2013 and has since gained ground as the focal point for engaging youth in the community to excel in their academics. Students qualify by submitting an application that is submitted to all Birmingham City Schools through their school counselors and provide a written essay on “How I Can Make A Positive Difference In My Community” along with their transcripts.

For a visual preview of the upcoming Party With a Purpose, please watch this video produced by the Birmingham City Council – Office of Public Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOltd6-6DcM

For more information on volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melva Langford in the Office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 205.254.2304. For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.908.7392.