Coming up on May 25th is a special event in Frankford. To coincide with the National Missing Children’s Day, the Say Nooo to Strangers Foundation is holding a Walk to bring attention to the issue.
Along with the walk there will be a parade with up to 25 drill teams from around the city.
Leading off the parade will be the Frankford High ROTC. Following them will be the elders of Post 224 and CJ Waddy who is the founder of the Say Nooo to Strangers Foundation.
The event starts at the Gambrel Recreation center on Ditman Street. The drill teams will perform at Ditman and Orthodox.
Refreshments for the kids and a performance of the song from the the Say Nooo to Strangers show.
Event sponsors are:
Good Books U NOOO
Education Nation Learning Center
One Stop Uuto
PSK Custom Collision Center
Fly Guys Barber Shop
Wade Brothers Roofing
Jackie’s King of Seafood
State Representative James Clay Jr.
OOO View Films
For further information, you can call CJ Waddy at 267-622-0906
This event is to raise awareness and money for the Say NOOO To Strangers Foundation for Missing Children. The talent show is open for children ages 5 -13. The event will take place Friday November 30, 2012 from 6pm-8pm at Frankford High School Oxford Avenue & Wakeling Street Philadelphia, PA 19124.
Tickets: Adults $10 Children $5
For more information contact CJ Waddy at (816)866-6643
Old Heads Softball Game and Cookout on August 18th was the biggest community event in numbers that I have attended in Frankford. There were certainly hundreds of people there playing and of course cooking out at the Gambrel Recreation center.
It was an East Frankford event in its 8th year organized and promoted by Ike and Kat Hardy who I met one day while I was interviewing CJ Waddy about his book. I’d like to go back next year and spend the day. This is the kind of Frankford event that deserves its own video. Until then, below is a short slide show.
How that book came to be written is a story first told by Inquirer Staff Writer Alfred Lubrano in November 2010. It was the horrible death of a little girl, Iriana DeJesus, that haunted C.J. and brought about the book which was published this year. Iriana attended the East Frankford Daycare center (1923 Harrison Street) where C.J. was a teacher in the Summer of 2000. She lived in Hunting Park and one day was lured by a stranger to go with him and was later found raped and strangled.
So this book became both a mission and a therapy. The mission, to prevent it from happening to other children and therapy to ease the pain. C.J. who graduated from Frankford High in the class of 93, is Frankford through and through . He went on to Western Connecticut State University to study Elementary Ed. Now he is spending a lot of time promoting the book and doing book readings. He is concentrating on local schools and day care centers for now but the book is available nationally on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble on the web and in the B&N stores.
Coming up next, the U Nooo Tito “Boy Hero” basketball league. There is still time to sign up. We’ll post his local events as they come up and keep you up on the rumor about a European book tour.