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(SPOKANE, WA., July 08, 2016) – Celebrating the diversity of our community has been the mission of the Annual Unity in the Community Festival (UIC) for 22 years in a row. We are proud of the legacy of UIC, and on Saturday, August 20, 2016, we invite everyone in our community to join us in a celebration of community. The festival begins at 10:00 am at Spokane Riverfront Park and goes until 4:00 pm.

Every year a team of dedicated volunteers put together this event to showcase the diversity of our great Spokane community and to promote unity and inclusion. Current events bring a renewed focus on valuing the diversity of our community, and for UIC members, it is more important than ever to focus on bringing the community together to celebrate all the things that unite us rather than divide us. This year, the theme of our event is Embracing Culture & Diversity. Over the years the organizers of UIC have collected and donated more than 1,400 in school supplies for needy children in our community and have given away over 150 bicycle helmets. Thousands of children and their parents have walked through the Cultural Villages and had the opportunity to learn about other cultures represented here in our community. Once again we invite everyone, kids and adults alike, to visit the Cultural Village and take an imaginary trip to another land, maybe even learn a phrase or two in another language.

The festival also features a health, youth, career/ education fair, and booths from different agencies and community resources. Our children and youth area are very popular with attendees, and last year we added a Senior Area to provide information and resources to our seniors. We are grateful for our many sponsors to help make this possible. Our area sponsors are CHAS, Community Health Plan of Washington, and Umpqua Bank. Our helmet funding was provided by Spokane Rotary 21.

The program includes performances and music from talented community members. Throughout the day we will also be giving away prizes. There are too many activities to list them all, so come join us and experience a day of family oriented fun. Unity in the Community is the only multicultural event of its kind in our region, and we will be delighted to have you join us.

For more information about NW Unity visit our website at www.nwunity.org, or contact Mareesa Hernderson, at 509-979- 8267, or April Anderson at 509-599-6669.