BY JAMES HARPER
It’s been a rough couple of years for the Central Florida Community Development Corporation. (CFCDC).
CEO Gerald Chester said the community has stuck by the corporation. To show his gratitude and appreciation, the CFCDC is throwing a Summer End Block Party on Friday from 2 to 10 p.m.
Chester said the bad economy really impacted the organization founded and incorporated in 1982. A major portion of its revenue was lost. Chester said the organization also had to do battle with the Internal Revenue Service.
The Central Florida Community Development Corporation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community based organization. The mission is “to provide affordable housing opportunities, stimulate investment in stagnant or declining communities, and improve the quality of life for low to moderate income persons.’’
‘We are alive’
Chester said it has managed to solve most of the problems and are once again in a good position to help others with foreclosure prevention, coaching people interested in putting together a business plan, and providing information and resources when available to people interested in purchasing a home.
“We are alive. We want to let the people know we are relevant,” Chester said about the importance of the block party.
Chester has been with CFCDC for 15 years.
“We had a rough start. The community stuck with us,” he remarked. “We have recovered from a number of things.”
The block party will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Loomis and Verdell streets. The streets will be closed off.
Most of the activity will take place on property next to the Buzy Bee Restaurant, which the CFCDC had a hand in opening and operating.
Free meal for seniors
There will be entertainment and free food for all as well as a time for networking and hanging out with family and friends.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., senior citizens are asked to show up under a large tent for a free baked chicken dinner and drinks.
From 5 to 7 p.m., people getting off work will be able to eat wings and drink beer, which is expected to be for sale. There will be free samples of sub sandwiches.
At 7 p.m., the actual block party will begin and go until 10 p.m. There will be food and entertainment including a deejay. Crab legs and barbecue will be sold.