Today in the Parkdale community of Toronto a celebration of our kids was taking place at the Second Annual Celebrity Classic Festival.
The event that brought free fun for area children and youth was helping to raise awareness of the need of safe play areas in the city.
Zlatko Starkovski, Founder and President of Muzik, knows the importance of safe play spaces personally. He's a dad. Last year he could see the need for a safer play area everytime he went to work at his nightclub. Across the street is a playground and basketball court. The courts were in such bad shape that the kids couldn't shoot the hoops. He knew something had to be done so along with Exhibition Place his club started a make-over. When the courts were ready Muzik threw a party for the kids with celebs, free food from local sponsors and lots of fun things to do.
Starkovski knew that last year's event had to be repeated. Earlier this week he said during a phone interview, “We have to give kids a safe environment to play. We saw a need for this last year when we fixed up the community courts. Our goal with this year is to raise awareness so we can continue to upgrade basketball courts in Parkdale’s neighbourhood."
Today Police Chief Bill Blair said that the event was a wonderful way to celebrate our city's kids. He was proud of the commitment that his officers at 14 Division have when it comes to the kids in their area and bridging a connection between the police and our community.
Lorne Simon, Toronto Crime Stoppers, at Muzik’s Second Annual Celebrity Classic Festival
Toronto Crime Stoppers Board Chair Lorne Simon said today that he loves how the community is coming together for the event. Simon along with Starkovski is a big reason that the event is a success, putting in long hours to make sure that the kids would have a wonderful day of fun and a chance to connect with cops on friendly ground. That connection, along with programs like Crime Stoppers, helps make our community a safe place said Simon.
Along with the Toronto Police, Toronto Fire Services, CrimeStoppers, entertainment sponsors and food sponsors the Second Annual Celebrity Classic Festival was able to take place today. Area kids came in droves to have fun and free food. The basketball courts that started it all were packed with kids and a few cops having a blast.
The biggest events were music stars on the stage and the celebrity basketball tournament featuring Drake’s DJ “Future The Prince”, cast members from Degrassi and the Buffalo Bills, Lee Evans (NFL All-Star Wide Receiver), Joey Graham, and P Reign and more.
There are already plans to repeat the festival next year. By that time a foundation will be in place able to take in donations so that kids in Toronto will always have a safe place to play and stay out of trouble.