UCMS Went Platinum: Upham’s Corner Main Streets Celebrated 20 Years of Service with Senator Linda Dorcena Forry as Keynote Speaker
JUNE 9TH 2015, Dorchester, Ma. – Upham’s Corner Main Streets (UCMS) went Platinum!
The UCMS family celebrated 20 years of service to the Boston community with a night filled with live music, entertainment, food, drink and a live auction led by City Councilor Tito Jackson. The celebration took place at the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester.
It all started with the community piano, which is stationed right outside of the Strand Theater entrance. A young event attendee walked up to the piano and began playing melodious tunes.
Then a young girl who was sitting around the corner heard the music and watched anxiously. When the young man finished, she stepped up and began playing. Then she was joined by violinist Shaw Pong who was scheduled to play for the evening. A crowd started to gather around and applauded the dynamic duo. The symbolism of the Strand Theater community piano connecting local organizations like UCMS directly to the community residents in a constructive fashion encompasses the work of UCMS over the last 20 years.
The evening buzzed with excitement as Charleston Sarjeant, owner of Pan United, gave a lively steel drum performance. Attendees had the opportunity to peruse various local vendors who were set up in the main lobby, take photos in front of the UCMS banner, and enjoy delicious treats from Jewell Smith, owner of Tazju Catering. Down the hall, local artist Kenyatta Blue featured three of his pieces and explained their meanings.
Visit www.facebook.com/fairmountculturalcorridor to view Kenyatta’s video.
The event also included jazz music by Berkley College students and a live fashion show held by the young women from the Bird Street Community Center.
The teenaged fashion designers modeled their very own designs for the audience with pride and poise.
Enjoy a snippet of the fashion show at www.facebook.com/fairmountculturalcorridor.
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry gave a an inspiring keynote address.
She reflected on UCMS’s contributions to the Boston small business community over the last 20 years and mirrored it to her own service to the Boston community during the same time period. “Having been in the public sector for nearly twenty years and coming from a family of small business owners, I know how intimate and tied these businesses are to the growth and quality of life in our neighborhoods”, said Senator Forry. She then highlighted the work being done along the Fairmount Corridor and right in front of the Strand Theater. She then charged local government and residents alike to strive for better. “Our work is not done and we can do more”, noted Senator Forry.
Later on, City Councilor Tito Jackson led the most enjoyable and laughter-filled live auction, helping to raise money for UCMS. The evening came to a close with a spectacular performance by solo guitarist Khalil Madyun. In short, attendees enjoyed a full night of everything Upham’s Corner has to offer.
For more information about the UCMS Platinum Fundraiser, please contact Gillian Miller, Cultural Events and Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-265-0363.
About Upham’s Corner Main Streets
Upham’s Corner Main Street, Inc. (UCMS) is a community-led business district planning agency that works to build a vibrant commercial district in Upham’s Corner, a bustling town center in Dorchester, MA, that is anchored by the historic Strand Theater. UCMS was first created in 1996 when a group of concerned neighborhood residents, merchants and civic leaders banded together with a goal of advocating, planning, and managing the revitalization of the Upham’s Corner business district. The goal: to create more permanent jobs, an optimal mix of retail businesses, and shopping opportunities that fit the needs of residents. The organization operates under the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street approach to revitalize Upham’s Corner through Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion. UCMS is also a partner of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor initiative to spur cultural economic development in Upham’s Corner.