Community Day ‘for all of Vance County regardless, of race or age’

May. 10, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

The fourth annual Community Day at Aycock Recreation Center brought hundreds to the fields for food, fun activities and entertainment.

The event — complete with bounce houses, face painting, a live D.J. and BoHo the clown — was sponsored by the Beacon Light Masonic Lodge No. 249 and Club No. 15.

James Van III, president of Club No. 15, said the event is a way for the Masons to give back to kids in the community.

“You always hear in the news about kids getting killed or doing drugs,” he said. “So this is a safe avenue.”

Van said the group bought about 600 hotdogs and hamburgers, as well as chips, drinks, cotton candy and popcorn.

“Some of these kids have no mother or father, so they can look up to our organization,” he said.

Lamont Noel, worshipful master of the lodge, was president of the club when Community Day began four years ago.

“We want to increase community involvement,” he said, adding that the event is growing every year.

Last year, he said Community Day ended early when rain interrupted the event halfway through.

Noel said he eventually wants to bring a live band.

“There is so much we would like to give to the community, but we can only do so much with limited funding that we have,” he said.

He said he wants to make the event as inclusive as possible.

“It’s for all of Vance County, regardless of race or age,” he said.

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