The Inside Out Community Center celebrated its GRAND OPENING on August 26, 2006 with a “Come Celebrate Jesus” block party. The day began with a parade that featured drumlines and steppers, police and fire departments, local politicians, and area youth from Inside Out just to name a few. A three-day carnival with rides, food and games was just one of the many attractions. A youth and men’s 5 on 5 basketball tournament took place in the gym, while down the hall in the auditorium, drumlines and steppers were also in competition. Throughout the day, many families visited the center, about 3,000 in all. Free haircuts and hair braiding were provided by volunteer barbers and beauticians. School supplies and clothing vouchers were given away, and all the food you could eat was free. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, a hog roast, ears of corn, ice cream, and desserts. “Who Day” the Cincinnati Bengals mascot and “Willie the Wildcat” from South High School entertained the crowd with a friendly battle. The evening’s events were focused around local speakers and a gospel concert featuring various groups from around the city. William Stout, Mayor Warren Copeland, and representatives from the Turner Foundation and churches were among the speakers. 

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