Press: You are Cordially Invited…Hyattsville CDC Celebrates Third Anniversary

Sunday, March 7, 2004 — 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (HyCDC) will mark its third anniversary on March 7, 2004 with a public gathering featuring poetry, dance, food and an award to Sharon Starling, Founder and Director of the Shalom School, Inc. in Hyattsville. The celebration runs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hyattsville Municipal Building (4310 Gallatin Street) and all residents of the City of Hyattsville are cordially invited to attend. Starling will receive the Hyattsville CDC’s Reach Out Award for Leadership in the Arts and Revitalization.


“Sharon Starling’s leadership has brought the arts to many young people in our community who may not have access otherwise,” said HyCDC Chair Mark Ferguson. “The Shalom School is a real contribution to the community and her work and her talents have had impact on many youth and their families. Whereas last year we recognized Peter Shapiro for his County and State leadership, this year we are praising a community leader whose commitment and insight has changed the quality of life in the City and for many residents of Hyattsville. We invite all Hyattsville’s residents to join us in recognizing her.”


The HyCDC anniversary celebration also highlights the creativity and abilities of Hyattsville’s students in the performing arts. The afternoon will feature performances by the Kanopal Poetry Club of Northwestern High School. In addition, there will be a performance by Ms. Starling’s Shalom School African Dancers. Both groups will demonstrate the rich diversity of the arts in the community. Mark Ferguson will also report to the community on the HyCDC’s accomplishments over the last year. The gathering is pegged as a community and family affair.


The HyCDC is asking all who come to bring a favorite dish. Additional food and drinks will be provided by the CDC. There will be activities and refreshments for children with adult refreshments as well. Residents are invited to bring their ideas about making Hyattsville a better place to live and work. Food, music and dancing are free. The HyCDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting local economic development, supporting the arts, and encouraging educational opportunities for children, teens and adults. The HyCDC, in partnership with the City of Hyattsville, has managed the development of the City’s Revitalization Plan under the Community Legacy program. It has also prepared the documentation for expansion of the Historic District and is working on criteria for the City’s Mixed Use Town Center.


For additional information or to RSVP, call Marialis Zmuda at 301-779-8537 or Lisa Walker at 301-779-7944.

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