#BAALS summer block party promises local DJs, drink specials, and more

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The organization that created the popular music video “My City” will be hosting two all-ages parties, dubbed #BAALS, in downtown Fort Wayne. Organizers promise local DJs, drink specials, and more.

A Better Fort is kicking off the downtown party series on Friday, July 11. Organizers are using the hashtag #House4aHouse along with #BAALS for this party as proceeds from it will go to Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House.

Why #BAALS? According to a release on the party:

In summary the objective is to take negative stereotypes and rhetoric, poke fun at them and embrace them, as something of the past and make it clear that this is a new day for Fort Wayne and to show the world that this city, in fact, has #BAALS.

The first party on July 11 will start at 6 p.m. and go to midnight in the 800 block of South Calhoun Street or, as the press release states, the 800 block of SoCal. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.

“We are definitely looking at record breaking attendance this year! This is simply amazing. Of course we want a great turnout, but it means so much more than that.” Vice President of Operations at A Better Fort Shane Araujo said. “Ultimately, it means there are more people that will be exposed to and experiencing Downtown Fort Wayne, many for the first time- and that’s what it’s all about.”

Another party will be held on Friday August 1, from 6 p.m. until midnight at Columbia Street on the Landing.

A new $25 Fast Pass grants a limited number of purchasers to skip the line at the entrance and gives them expedited access to drinks through a dedicated bar for Fast Pass purchasers. These can be purchased online at abetterfort.org.

About A Better Fort
A Better Fort strives to provide positive life experiences that make a difference in the lives of our youth within our city. The focus is on community empowerment and the retention of young talent. Our members can achieve their highest potential through service opportunities, philanthropic endeavors, innovative projects, and cultural discovery. Members prepare to lead our community through service, identity, empowerment, persistence, and education.

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