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Community Day Celebrates Yorktown Volunteers

ASK President Tricy Cushner organized Community Day with the help of volunteers: Emma Cunnington, Jenna Gammer, Kyra Brunner and Michelle Gilbert (many others not pictured) Credits: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Dozens of local businesses, non-profit organizations and entertainers will be coming to the Jefferson Valley Mall on Saturday, June 18, for the 27th annual Community Day.

The event was founded by the town of Yorktown, but nearly ended after the budget line was removed several years ago. Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) stepped in and made sure the celebration would live on; however, organizing an annual event as large as Community Day soon became too difficult for the non-profit organization comprised mostly of volunteers.

“It was tough for one organization to take on the workload, and it was a large financial obligation,” said ASK President Tricy Cushner. “It was all money going out.”

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ASK is still a major player in getting Community Day organized, but Cushner said this year’s event would not have been possible without the Jefferson Valley Mall and the Yorktown Organizations United (YOUnited). YOUnited is a community foundation that seeks to strengthen local non-profits by sharing resources.

Jefferson Valley Mall is providing space for the vendors and entertainers to set up shop, both inside and outside. There will also be non-stop entertainment throughout event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be concerts, dance shows, a car cruise, rides, carnival games, food trucks, face painting, a display of emergency vehicles and more. There will also be a fashion show organized by volunteer Emma Cunnington. She is one of many volunteers who dedicated their time to Community Day.

“We have an entire table of college students that just come in and are working on social media and outreach,” Cushner said.

Volunteers will be honored at Community Day with the inaugural “Three Cheers for Yorktown Volunteers” ceremony. Every non-profit organization in Yorktown was offered the opportunity to choose a “Volunteer of the Year” to be recognized and be awarded with a town proclamation. The Yorktown Youth Soccer Club will also have a Participation Award ceremony.

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