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Fall Fest to sponsor shoe drive, mini Black film festival

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INDIANAPOLIS - Gary Councilman Dwight A. Williams, County Councilman Charlie Brown, Sheriff Oscar Martinez, State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary), Calumet Township Trustee Kimberly Robinson and County Assessor LaTonya Spearman will join forces to sponsor the first annual Fall Fest for the Gary community on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, which will include a shoe drive to benefit survivors of human trafficking and a mini Black film festival to celebrate local artists.

Smith invites Fall Fest attendees to donate new and gently used shoes for youth and adults, both male and female, to be sent to developing countries to benefit survivors of human trafficking. 

“The pandemic has exasperated many issues on both the local and global level,” Smith said. “Survivors of human trafficking are having to put their lives back together in the most uncertain of times. This shoe drive is a way for the Gary community to come together and give back to those in need.”

Local artists will also be celebrated at Fall Fest through a mini Black film festival, beginning at 4 PM (CT) at the Glen Theatre. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our local artists and celebrate their talent,” Smith added.

Fall Fest is free to all. Free food and entertainment will be provided. The event will be held at the Glen Theatre (20 W Ridge Road) from 1 p.m. (CT) until dusk.

There are still openings available for local vendors to participate, with a $35 fee for space. If you are interested in being a vendor, please call 219-887-2046.

As a safety precaution, masks are strongly encouraged for unvaccinated attendees.

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