Organizers from Mount Hope Housing Company celebrated their 11th Annual "Drug Free and Proud to Be Day" at Echo Park, last Saturday.
The day-long event featured ventriloquist Wayne Garland and sidekick Charlie, and old-school rapper Stone of Funky Four and Double Trouble. There was also a basketball tournement and a bubble-ride for youngsters (pictured). Volunteers cooked up 1,000 hamburgers.
The purpose of the event, much like National Night Out, is to encourage local residents to take a stand against drugs in the community. On display were anti-drug essays written by kids enrolled in Mount Hope's Project READY, a youth development program. (Text and photo by David Greene)