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Law Enforcement/Community Unity Day Celebration

When: Sat., July 11, 3-8 p.m. 2009

If there’s one great thing about summertime in Charleston, it’s the multiple outdoor community celebrations that support good causes. Here’s another one. On Saturday, the 10th Annual Law Enforcement/Community Unity Day Celebration will take place at Brittlebank Park. Sponsored by the Charleston Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the gathering will feature the Coca Cola Summer Jam Fest, where kids from all over the Charleston area can showcase their talents for prizes. So what’s the occasion? Since its inception in 1999 by state Rep. Wendell Gilliard, the celebration’s purpose is to see that the City of Charleston’s various neighborhood associations, businesses, and churches are all taking on active roles within the life of the community. This year, the celebration will also serve as a major distribution day for Project Cool Breeze, which has provided the elderly in the community with more than 1,000 fans and air conditioners since the program began. In addition to voter registration booths, there will be free seasoned crabs, fried fish, hotdogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, games, prizes ... sounds like summer alright. Even hurricane guides from WCSC Channel 5 and smoke detectors from the Charleston Fire Department will be available. And don’t worry, there’ll be some great live entertainment as well. Radio personality Frankie the Big Popper and Daniel Davis and Seth Gilliard, two local violinists, will keep the party fired up. —Nick Rosser

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