Mayor Eric Papenfuse on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, announced creation of the City Hall Beautiful fund and the city’s first Latino Poet Laureate during a series of events Monday to commemorate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Harrisburg.
“We spent the day supporting community service events,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “It was a fitting way to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Mayor Papenfuse began the day speaking at the MLK Breakfast at the Hilton Hotel where he joined a panel of community leaders to talk about “Social Entrepreneurship.” The Mayor also joined City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels to speak at an MLK Day program sponsored by the Shared Ministry and the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg at 16th and Market Streets.
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and State Rep. Patty Kim joined Mayor Papenfuse and dozens of volunteers to clean up at City Hall as part of the MLKL Day of Service. Volunteers from throughout the area, including from Messiah College and the Living Waters Church, mopped floors, vacuumed and dusted to help maintain the MLK Government Center.
During the clean-up, Papenfuse provided details of the City Hall Beautiful fund that is being managed by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). Immediately after his inauguration on Jan. 6, Papenfuse led the media on a tour of the facilities to show the serious need for immediate cleaning and repairs.
At 6 p.m., the Mayor joined volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club to feed homeless people at City Hall. Volunteers set up operations in the vestibule of City Hall as a sign of the Mayor’s commitment to helping those most in need in our community.
Papenfuse culminated the MLK festivities by announcing Rick Kearns as the Poet Laureate of Harrisburg at the International Poetry and Storytelling Festival sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg at Temple University at 6:30 p.m. Kearns, a professor at HACC, is the first Latino to be named Poet Laureate of the capital city.
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