Written by Tanya Terry
The words of encouragement to be offered at the” Love Conquers All” event at Hasselbring on Friday, September 24, are important because there are a lot of things going on in the city today, including the incidents of violence, according to Terence Grundy, logistics and board member of the Friends of Hasselbring Park.
“People are dealing with depression, hopelessness and things like that,” Grundy said. “I believe this is a befitting time to hear words of encouragement and things of hope. The speakers are tried and true. They’re professional and they have a good track record.”
A handful of entertainers were also selected to perform at the event. According to Grundy, they will have many different styles-from inspirational to a pop-gospel sound.
“We have some people that perform a very soulful type of gospel,” he said. “We have some that have a quartet style. We’re going to have some steppers, praise dancers- a very mixed variety.”
Grundy invited Rayna Bauer, a certified yoga instructor, to offer yoga instruction at “Love Conquers All,” after meeting her at the PorchFest.
Grundy said yoga is important because it soothes the body, releases stress and a lot of people are staying in the house and have been less active.
Bauer will also be offering massages.
There will be no cost for either the massage or the yoga instruction. However, donations to Bauer will be accepted.
Grundy said massage is helpful because people are so busy every day in life.
“It relieves (tight) tendons and muscle tension. It relieves stress. It’s good for your bones and your blood circulation.”
Refreshments to be served include water, pop, hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Grundy and Linda Cochran from Kingdom Appointed Center made donations for the refreshments.
Mental health and substance abuse resources will be provided by Genesee Health System and Genesee Community Health.
Genesee Health System is also offering vaccinations.
“They have been coming to Hasselbring all summer for our outdoor events,” Virginia Nolan, Hasselbring Executive Board member.
Various vendors will be offering items such as jewelry, clothing and cake.
In addition, from National Clean Water Collective traveled from New York to give away 23 pallets of boxed water throughout the community and will be giving away two pallets of boxed water at Hasselbring.
Restaurant or department store gift certificates and gift cards are among approximately 45 raffles and prizes.
Also, Miracle Ear is offering free evaluations for individuals who are hard of hearing, who will be eligible to get a complimentary telephone system.
“We want to change the atmosphere with inspiration and gospel music by celebrating love, prayer and humanity,” Nolan said, in closing of the happening.