Video by Anthony Davis
Written by Tanya Terry
Music by the High Definition band and singer Shawnda Gaines & Co. set the tone for Love Conquers All, a community event recently held at Hasselbring Senior Center.
Along with Gaines, Nikki Love, Tim Givens, Linda Black, Terence Grundy, Marjai Marketa, JoeAnn Carrigan, Gardell Harolson, and Gwen Pennyman Hemphill graced the stage and blessed the crowd with their musical talents.
As Genesee Health Center offered vaccinations, Genesee Health System (GHS) was also on site as Genesee County’s public mental health provider.
National Clean Water Collective provided boxes of water and much more to benefit those who attended.
Health and wellness concerns were addressed by Dale’s Health Food, who sent over $1,000 worth of products. Marlene Smith, an It Works distributor, also offered and discussed health and wellness products, focusing on energy, weight loss and hair, skin and nails.
There was even a table set up specifically for those ages 50 and over for which over 100 books were given by Genesee County Commission on Aging. Bags by the Flint and Genesee Group for those in this age group consisted of valuable information from many supportive area organizations and agencies, as well as prescription cards, magnifiers and more.
Edible Flint, a network of organizations and individuals that work together on several efforts that support people’s ability to connect, grow and access healthy food, gave away free seeds and popcorn. They also were available to provide information on upcoming events, such as the Fall Festival at the Educational Farm and the Fall Soil Health Workshop.
Prophet Linda Cochran was present on behalf of Kingdom Encounters Christian Church.
Uniquely “U” Clothing and Boss/Stitch Men’s and Women’s Apparel each showcased and sold their own distinct styles in fashion.
100K Ideas came to discuss an upcoming workshop and grant designed to help fulfill the nonprofit’s mission to relieve inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs of the burdens they may face. The organization aims to also support workforce development and the Flint community.
Bishop Andrew Henry, Elder Tomara Nolen, Dr. Alfreda Riley, Tarnesa Tucker, Tracy Palmer and Valerie Toles all offered all encouraged the crowd of attendees with their words. For example, Toles gave an extremely inspirational message as a five-time cancer survivor.
Overall, the event fulfilled its mission of bringing the community together and helping the spread the message that love really conquers all!