The Family Tree’s FamFest is this Saturday! What is it? A FREE afternoon of fun for kids of all ages (including you, mom and dad!) at the Weinberg Y in Waverly. Quality family time plays a vital role in building healthy children, and FamFest will show you how to build it into your daily routine. 

Not familiar with The Family Tree? You should be! The non-profit agency strives to raise families up by providing positive parenting education and intervention services. (You might remember them from our Flip The Script story earlier this summer). They act as a resource to help parents build bonds with their children, manage stress, understand child development, overcome challenges, and build community among families.

In addition to raising funds and awareness for The Family Tree, FamFest brings together volunteers and organizations from all of over the city to create a healthy family afternoon out for everyone. One volunteer? CJay Philip, a local Baltimore mom and Artistic Director of Dance & Bmore. She’ll be on the main stage at the event as the MC! 

CJay Phillip, FazaFam - (cool) progeny

WHY I GIVE: CJay Philip, FazaFam

Give us the 30 second elevator pitch: What is FazaFam?

FazaFam is one of three programs Dance & Bmore has developed to build community through movement and music. FazaFam is multigenerational, bringing parents grandparents and kids together to Dance & Bmore fit fun, creative and connected.

We understand that FazaFam is partnering with The Family Tree for FamFest. What will FazaFam be doing there?

We will lead the morning stretch just before the big walk as well as a FazaFam Family Jam complete with games and music by DJ Droopy. I’m honored to be the MC for the main-stage entertainment all day. FazaFam will also showcase youth in our Arts Mentorship Program in a musical piece called Read a Book featuring storyteller Grandmother Edna

What about The Family Tree inspires you to donate your time (and weekend!) to their cause?

The work they do strengthen families and bringing resources and tools to struggling families is so in line with my own work. It inspires me to know their are lots of organization out there doing great work to meet needs and fill the gaps.