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October 25, 2011 > Thousands attend Multicultural Festival

Thousands attend Multicultural Festival

I would like to thank everyone who joined me at the Second Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival on Saturday, September 17 and who made it a huge success. Over 5,000 Santa Clara County residents joined us with their friends and neighbors at the beautiful Alviso Marina County Park. Held in coordination with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, the Day on the Bay featured over 110 exhibitors passing out information on their services. These included everything from county and city services to nonprofits and local businesses.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of many local organizations and volunteers. The Santa Clara County Firefighters donated their time and barbecue grills to provide the free hamburgers for attendees. I would like to give a special thank you to the McDonalds Restaurants on White Road and on Tully Road for donating the condiments for the BBQ. Over 700 local children were able to pick out their own pumpkin for the holidays.

There were many activities for families to enjoy: arts and crafts, games, jump houses, and interactive displays such as the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter, Weights and Measures, and Vector Control District as well as the University of California Cooperative Extension's 4H animals, Rural/Metro's ambulance, and a San Jose fire engine. Additionally, many families took free kayak rides from the marina and were able to view the variety of wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay. Thank you to the Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith for ensuring the safety of the kayakers on the slough.

We had many booths focused on healthy living and many attendees received the free flu shots. The Milpitas Executive Lions Club also brought out the AJ Robinson Foundation mobile health van to provide free vision and hearing tests as well as free health screenings. A Toothmobile providing free children's dental checkups and the Stanford Blood Center mobile blood drive unit accepting donations of blood was also present.

Attendees were treated to a day of diverse entertainment which included Mexican Folk Dancing, African American folk songs, line dancing, three local bands and a special performance by popular vocalist Manuel Romero.

Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event successful, including Independence High School Interact, Central County Occupational Center and County Parks Volunteers.

I would like to thank our Gold Sponsors, Target Corporation, Allied Waste Services, MV Transit and State Farm Insurance, for their generous donations to make this event possible. With their support, we were able to provide free flu shots and the free BBQ for attendees. MV Transit also provided the free accessible shuttles to bring the attendees to the festival. Special thanks also go to the Silver Sponsors, Kaiser Permanente, Barbaccia Properties, Rural/Metro Ambulance, Registered Nurses Professional Association, SCC Government Attorney's Association, Walmart, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the Tech Museum. Additional thanks to the following Bronze Sponsors, Bad Boys Bail Bonds, Santa Clara County Employees Management Association, and the Jubilee Christian Center.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to make this event special. If you would like to learn more about this event and to be put on the email list to hear about future festivals, please send me an email at steven.blomquist@bos.sccgov.org or call us at 408-299-5030.

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