Hundreds attend McClinton's 60th Street Health & Wellness Summer Jam

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said about 750 people joined her for her "60th Street Health and Wellness Community Summer Jam" held last month in West Philadelphia.


This community festival was held along 60th Street between Chestnut and Arch streets and extended from 59th to 61st streets, as well. This huge block party was the first of its nature ever held on the 60th Street corridor!


There were a number of fun activities for children, including face painting, bounce houses, waterslides and games.


Adults were offered a number of health screenings, including blood pressure, glucose and HIV tests, and the Penn Mobile Mammography truck also was available.


"I was thrilled with the turnout for the 60th Street neighborhood," McClinton said. "Thank you to all of the local organizations that offered information, fun and entertainment for local residents of all ages. Children and adults enjoyed fun games and live musical entertainment at the mainstage. I also wanted to give a special recognition to all neighbors and volunteers who braved the excessive heat."


McClinton was joined by her partners for the event, District Attorney Seth Williams, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and ACHIEVEability. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined this community celebration as well!


A variety of food items were provided by event sponsors, Dietz & Watson, Sunshine Markets, Brown's SuperStores and Wawa. Other sponsors that contributed to the day included: Gateway Health Plan SugarHouse Casino and Mercy Health Systems.


Food included hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill, fresh fruit from West Philly Produce, Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice, juice and water, cotton candy, popcorn and more.


Local performers provided entertainment all day long. Among the performers were Lisa Chavous, Carnival, Coast to Coast, Summer, Divine Destiny Church Choir and Praise dance ministry, L & L Dance Productions, the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and the Living Springs Miracle Center Church Choir.


"The entire day was enjoyable, with a lot of different fun, food and entertainment options. The day also gave the residents an opportunity to meet my hard-working staff and learn how we can assist residents with state issues," McClinton said.


Among the issues McClinton's staff was able to assist with during the event were applying for state programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.