For an organization that focuses on empowerment and talent retention, generally for those in younger demographics, A Better Fort is not ignoring Fort Wayne’s past. In fact, this year’s third annual block party is growing into a series, and has been given a new name based on former Fort Wayne mayor, Harry Baals. They are calling it Baals, a Downtown Party Series. Shane Araujo is the VP of Operations for A Better Fort and hopes to take what some have considered a “negative stereotype” and something at which to to “poke fun” and use it instead as a declaration for a “new day for Fort Wayne”.
This year the two part series will kick off on Friday, July 11, on South Calhoun Street from 6p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5 per adult, children age 12 and younger are admitted free. Activities will include local DJs playing electronic dance music, drink specials and more. Proceeds will benefit Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House. The second block party is planned for August 1, at Columbia Street on the Landing.
The block party of 2012 brought together over 2,000 to the 800 Block of South Calhoun Street. In 2013 it attracted over 3,000 people. Each year proceeds were raised for local charity, Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House. So far over $10,000 has been donated to that charity from this event.
For more on A Better Fort visit ABetterFort.org.