Summerfest outreach set for Aug. 13

Event features backpack giveaways, sports physicals and more

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 7, 2016

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WARREN — The Summerfest community outreach will pour all of its resources into one event, at one park only this year.

Katie Miller, the Summerfest coordinator for Liberty Family Outreach, said the 13th annual day of fellowship and community will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the city of Warren’s Shaw Park on Warner, between Eight Mile and Nine Mile roads.

It will be held at just one location, but Miller said that doesn’t mean the event will be in any way decreased in scope.

“We’ll still have the backpacks: 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis,” Miller said. “We’ll have haircuts, sports physicals, blood pressure checks and bike repair. Obviously, we’ll have giveaways where we’ll bring people up to the stage.”

For the first time, Miller said, they’ll also offer mobile dentistry.

The annual outreach began 13 years ago and is the culmination of a collaborative effort between local churches, the city of Warren and a growing list of supporting businesses.

Pastor Terry Frazier, of the Liberty Foursquare Church, on 11 Mile Road west of Ryan, founded Summerfest in 2004 with the mission of supporting the community’s families in need.

For the last several years, the event was held at two south Warren parks on the same day.

Miller said the decision was made to consolidate the event this year to assist logistical and volunteer efforts. 

“We felt it was better to come back to one park, to bring everything together for cohesiveness and community, right in one area, so we can work together as one,” Miller said.

About 6,000 people attended Summerfest at Shaw Park last year, and 5,000 attended the event held at Underwood Park on the same day. 

Everything provided at Summerfest is free, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Liberty Family Outreach at (586) 754-2400.

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