BenFest was the BestFest!

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Face painting, salsa lessons, carnival food, a talent show and a whole lot more helped make this year’s BenFest one of the best festivals ever! The event attracted more than 700 people from the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay neighborhood to this community outreach and neighborhood building event at Benjamin Franklin High School.

In the spirit of the United Way’s Ben Center, which is based in BFHS and sponsors the event, the BenFest also helps make life a little easier and healthier for students, their families and their neighbors. BenFest offered services like blood pressure and diabetes checks, a career corner and job information, a clothes closet, and a food pantry that distributed more than 500 bags of food. People could also learn about how they can get help from United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline.

Now in its sixth year, the festival started at the suggestion of BFHS students and was brought to life by a United Way social work intern. Special thanks to all our volunteers, staff and the team at BFHS for creating such a fun festival.

Your gift will help make the next BenFest possible, and will also help support United Way’s Ben Center, which helps break the cycle of poverty with support and resources for the students, their families and neighborhood residents.



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