United Way throws Brooklyn bash with a serious purpose

October 2, 2012 By Mary Frost, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Celebrities like Grizz Chapman of NBC’s “30 Rock” and Jordon Carlos, host of Comedy Central joined hundreds of United Way volunteers in a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday morning, to an all-day celebration at Cadman Plaza Park.

The bash was a blast – but its purpose was to raise awareness of increasing poverty and the need to “bridge” gaps in education, income and health for low-income New Yorkers.

Called the “Live United” Bridge Walk, Downtown Brooklyn rocked with entertainment, food, and activities for children. Barclays Center representatives played basketball with all comers on the Brooklyn Nets “Snap Court” while members of the Brooklynettes dance team signed autographs.

Live music was provided by Brown Rice Family, Ultimate Winner of WNYC’s “Battle of the Boroughs” talent competition, and The Scarlet Ending band, fronted by Brooklyn-based twins Kaleigh and Kaleena Goldsworthy.

According to United Way, one in four New Yorkers can’t afford to pay for basic necessities. United Way works with public, private and non-profit organizations to tackle the root causes of poverty. Visit unitedwaynyc.org for more.

The Brooklyn Nets "Snap Court."

Photos by Mary Frost

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