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BPC hosts Liberty Campus Block Party

Taylor Hereford
BPC Director of Marketing

Brad Kissell - Now you see him…
now you don’t!

Now you see him…now you don’t!
Brad Kissell, executive dean for Enrollment Services at Brewton-Parker College, is “dunked” by a block party patron. (Photos by Carrie Myles)

Being a community-minded institution, Brewton-Parker College had the opportunity to give back to the community recently and it was a special time for everyone involved.

As a way of saying thank you to the citizens of Hinesville and Liberty County, BPC hosted the first annual Community Block Party this past Saturday at BPC’s Liberty Campus.

Approximately 250 people braved the summertime heat to enjoy free food and a wide assortment of activities ranging from face painting to a dunking booth to an old fashioned pie eating contest.  To help beat the heat, the BPC Alumni Association supplied free root beer and coke floats to everyone who attended.

The two most popular Block Party attractions were the moonwalk and the dunking booth.  If a straw poll was taken as to which attraction was the best, results would probably be split right down the middle between two different groups – the children enjoying the moonwalk with the BPC staff enjoying the dunking booth.

Brewton-Parker registrar Sandra Clay quickly realized the dunking booth had an attractive characteristic that she knew would help her survive the late July afternoon.

“I didn’t mind taking part in the dunking booth at all,” said Clay.  “The water was welcome relief from such a hot and sunny day.”

Sandra Clay
Sandra Clay is “dunked” during the first annual Community Block Party held at BPC’s Liberty Campus. (Photo by Taylor Hereford)

Musical entertainment was provided by Contagious, a local Christian band that is quickly becoming popular not only in this area but all around the country, and by Dr. Don Wallace, professor of communication at BPC.

Christian band: Contagious
Local Christian band “Contagious” performs at the first annual Community Block Party held at BPC’s Liberty Campus. (Photo by Taylor Hereford)

While attending the Block Party, parents were able to take advantage of an opportunity through Prevent Child Abuse Liberty to possess vital information about their child in the event of an abduction.
“I was most excited about Prevent Child Abuse Liberty choosing our event to offer their signature child safety program that enables parents to have a photo, recorded voice patterns, and DNA from their children to help aid law enforcement in the event that their children are abducted,” said Sandra Jenkins, director of BPC’s Liberty Campus.

For the BPC staff, the Block Party was a chance for families in the community to come together to enjoy some last minute fun before the school bell rings to usher in a new academic year.

Block Party family eating
Families gathered together for free food and free fun during the first annual Community Block Party held at BPC’s Liberty Campus. (Photo by Taylor Hereford)

“Our goal was two-fold,” said Bryan Sage, external programs representative for BPC and coordinator of the event.  “We wanted this to be a fun-filled family event and also a chance for us to give back to the Hinesville/Liberty County community for the support they have given us over the years as a college.  I believe we succeeded in both areas.”

Sandra Jenkins was pleased that the Liberty Campus had the chance to host a community wide event.

“The Block Party was my first joint venture with the Mount Vernon campus and I was excited to be a part of the experience.  I was pleased that some of the local area businesses were able to support the event.”

“Being fairly new to Brewton-Parker, the Block Party was a great opportunity for me to touch base with the community,” said Carrie Myles, admissions counselor for BPC.  “I believe I enjoy what I do the most when I get to meet new people.”

Carla Ostrander, admissions specialist for BPC, was delighted to participate in Saturday’s activities.

“This was truly a fun event and I was glad to be a part of it,” said Ostrander.  “It was exciting to see Brewton-Parker host something like this for the people of Liberty County.”

face painting
A young girl gets her face painted by Alison Ostrander during the first annual Community Block Party. (Photo by Taylor Hereford)

Being able to host a community wide event such as the Block Party takes a lot of preparation and support from local businesses.  Bryan Sage and his team of volunteers would like to thank the following establishments for contributing to the 2006 Community Block Party:  Kroger, Food Lion, McDonald’s, Buffalo’s, Ruby Tuesday, Coastal Bank, Heritage Bank, Bank of America, Baldino’s, and the BPC Bookstore.

Although a date has yet to be determined, plans are already being made for BPC’s Liberty Campus to host another Community Block Party next summer.

pie eating contest
A contestant in the pie eating contest races to finish first during the first annual Community Block Party held at BPC’s Liberty Campus. (Photo by Carrie Myles)



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