Family-focused Father’s Day week

On the week of Father’s Day, the Coalition’s programs held two family affairs in celebration of mothers, fathers and their kids. Our Healthy Families Jacksonville program held their Family Fun Day on 6/13 and Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. held their Fourth Annual Father’s Day Barbecue on 6/15.

Healthy Families Jacksonville’s Family Fun Day was held as their participant quarterly gathering and combined the celebration of both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The Legends Center seated many guests and had activities stations for balloon animals, face painting, coloring and more.

The event was full of games such as giving two teams of five individuals a number and having them run to find their place value in a five-digit number for the adults and musical chairs for the kiddos. Healthy Families staff choregraphed several synchronized dances for families to jump in and dance together. DJ Semaj played special mother/child and father/child dances to encourage bonding.

Mama E, our special guest speaker and President of In Him Ministries of Jax, exclaimed how phenomenal a responsibility it is to watch out for your family and protect them because not everybody steps up to the task.

Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E.’s BBQ was held at Pearl Plaza and was also full of fun for everyone. Kids tossed in cornhole, bounced in the bouncy house, played videogames in the Duval Gamerz truck and more while dads used smokers and grills to compete for first, second and third place in sides, chicken, brisket and ribs. We had two overall champions this year with a tie in combined points for everything they cooked for the judges’ taste testing.

The event was a collaborative effort with community partners as vendors, such as Staywell, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health, Generation, Inspire to Rise and Humana. Staff from our Magnolia Project, Healthy Families Jacksonville program and administrative office both served as vendors and volunteers. Staff and volunteers wore t-shirts with #ThumbsUpFaceUp as a part of the mission to teach dads about safe sleep practices (a baby should be sleeping on their back with their face up to avoid suffocation and putting pressure on the baby’s chest). 

The Coalition is proud to have our multiple programs join in the effort to highlight moms and dads for Father’s Day week as each parent plays a special role in a child’s life, health and development.