We attended this year's State of the City Address at Hilton Harrisburg on September 27. 2023 and was impressed with the City of Harrisburg PA Mayor Wanda RD Williams' presentation of her Administration's achievements, addressing the city's debt issue and pivoting to the future with new and improved constituent services and amenities! Kudos to the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC for a well-organized event.
We had a great fundraiser event for Turn South Central PA Blue on September 26, 2023 for the group's endorsed candidates for Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge; Dauphin County Treasurer; Carlisle, Derry Township and Mechanicsburg School Boards; Camp Hill Borough Council; New Cumberland Mayor; and Lower Paxton, Susquehanna and Swatara Township CommissionersThankYou Lori Seratelli for hosting us.
We celebrated the Hispanic Heritage Month at the 13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival in the City of Harrisburg on September 17, 2023. Congratulations Gloria Vazquez Merrick and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center for staging such a fun and well-attendee event!
We checked out and totally enjoyed this year's Gratz Fair! We had great conversations with some guests and volunteers, and learned more about the history of the event. The food was great (Aunt G's apple dumpling and shoofly pie were to die for!), and the arts and crafts showcased a lot of your talent. We even met Bob Miller from the Gratz Historical Society, and a potential collaboration with the Historic Harrisburg Association is in the works!
We participated in the Courtyard of Honor for Michael Horrocks Veterans and Emergency Responders #NeverForget event at Hidden Still Spirits in Hershey, PA on September 11, 2023 to commemorate Michael's ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Randy McKillop and the rest of the Courtyard of Honor board, friends and volunteers for your continued efforts to raise funds to build a memorial for Michael and all other emergency responders who sacrificed so much for all of us. Please help Randy and the Courtyard of Honor build the last missing memorial for the 9/11 pilots by donating here.
Susquehanna Township Commissioner Fred Faylona joined his fellow Commissioners President Frank Lynch and Vice-President Steven Napper at the Community Bike Ride event on September 9, 2023 in support of the Township's Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenway Projects Master Plan and to deliver on the candidate's previous Susquehanna Township Commissioner campaign's pledge to build a bike infrastructure in the Township that includes shared and/or dedicated bike lanes, motorist and cyclist education and bike racks, as well transforming the Township to be a really walkable community.
We stood in solidarity with our friends and colleagues from the Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council during the Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Labor Day, September 4, 2023. We also heard great stories from and had great conversations with Dave Gash, Tina Lynch, Dauphin County Commissioners Mike Pries, Chad Saylor and George Hartwick, as well as with PA State Representatives Justin Fleming and David Madsen.
On August 29, 2023, we joined Floyd Stokes and the American Literacy Corporation, and together with over 100 women and men volunteers welcomed back the Harrisburg School District elementary, middle and high school students all over the city. We regrouped later at Elementary Coffee on North St. for coffee and pastry to celebrate this successful event, courtesy of George Fernandez and the Latino Connection.
We spent a great afternoon watching the Harrisburg Senators ball game on August 13, 2023 with the leaders and members of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee, Cumberland County Democratic Committee, Perry County Democratic Committee and Juniata County Democratic Committee. Several state and local candidates, including Judge Dan McCaffery for PA Supreme CourtJudge Timika Lane for Superior Court, Justin Douglas for Dauphin County Commissioner, Tami Dykes for Recorder of Deeds, Eugene DePasquale and Joe Khan for PA Attorney General, were also on-hand to partake of the festivities and to support each other for a big win in the 2023 and 2024 elections.
We had a great turn out at the Fred's Birthday Cocktails + Fundraiser event at Federal Taphouse Harrisburg on July 26, 2023. Local musicians Le Ghast and Computer Machine provided the night's entertainment, and several local leaders were in attendance, including Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick and Commissioner Chris Rivera of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs.
On May 17, 2023, we commemorated the International Ride of Silence in Harrisburg, PA in honor of cyclists who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways, and to shine a light on the need for bike safety measures from our state lawmakers. We had a great turnout for the ride and heard from the mother of Chantel Worley, one of those we remembered today, among others.
The 34th Annual Cherry Blossoms Festival was a blast! Thank you Millersburg Mayor Alan Bowman, Borough Council President Chris Dietz and Borough Council Member Alexis Anastasia Campisi for the warm welcome!
We celebrated Speaker Joanna McClinton on her election as the first African-American woman to become Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives at the Speaker's Ball at Whitaker Center on April 24, 2023. Thank you Madame Speaker for all you do for all of us Pennsylvanians!
On March 19, 2023, we joined the Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day Parade and saw everyone in the city despite the cold weather and some fierce wind! Thanks Justin Douglas for inviting to be part of the parade! Shout out to Ross Productions for sponsoring the stage and sound system! And thank you Mayor Wanda Williams, Harrisburg PA and our city police for your hard work for this event!
Fred Faylona believes Health Care is a fundamental human right, that every American - or human being for that matter - has the right to an accessible health care program. On July 24, 2021, he and Campaign Manager Tim Butler, along with Campaign Coordinator Laura Solis-Fotens, participated in the Washington, DC rally as part of the 56-city March for Medicare For All national event. We marched from Lincoln Park, passing by the Supreme Court, US Congress and back to the park, where Marianne Williamson, Dr. Joe Jarvis, DJ Joe Nice and Savage Joy Marie, among others, delivered stirring remarks championing the cause. Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (MO-1) made a surprise appearance and the campaign had an opportunity to exchange some words with her.