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Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual - Aug 4, 2012


Isaura Mendes, local resident and director of The Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy once again hosted The 7th Annual Back to School BBQ on a breezy August day at its usual digs in the back lot of the Humphrey’s Artist Studios.  

For the second year her organization partnered with The North American Islamic Center’s Relief Fund Division to distribute hundreds of school supplies to local kids. 

Mixing up cultures in recognition that violence doesn’t ever appear to discriminate, is something that means a lot to all the organizers involved in this yearly event. 

Councilors Charles Yancey and Tito Jackson were on hand helping Sgt. Detective Michael Stratton of Area B2 Police distribute ice cream to lots of delighted children.  Wallace Tilford, Program Coordinator of Boston’s Neighborhood Watch Unit oversaw the grill although his liberal use of lighter fluid had his grill-mates, notably Barbara Vincente, wishing for much cooler climes and safer distances. 

A long train of pizzas were delivered compliments of Avalon Law Offices from Columbia Rd., with Lamberts supplying all the grilled food including fresh corn. A host of neighbors cooked traditional Cape Verdean dishes and to work off all that food fortunately there was a moon-bounce on site that was in constant motion throughout the day thanks to Sarah Mausner of PeaceWorks. 

This annual BBQ was originally a program Matthew Mendes, Isaura’s youngest son, helped to envision.  When Matthew was murdered in the spring of 2006 the BBQ was continued to keep this gesture of love, support and belief in our neighborhood children alive. 

Hope to see you next year!
Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual
Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual
Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - Seventh Annual
Posted: September 8, 2012     Shannon Flattery


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