FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 24, 2014
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently took part in Roxbury Community College’s inaugural “Roxbury Rocks” music festival, held on the school’s campus at 1234 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury.
Featuring a musical lineup that included headliner Ron Murphy; The John Kordalewski Trio; singer Alexi Paraschos; Reggae band, King–I; and dance company OrigiNation; the event was hosted by Bonnie Johnson of WICN 90.5 FM’s music program “Colors of Jazz.” In addition, the Roxbury Rocks festival also offered attendees free ice cream, food trucks, balloons and face painting.
One of the highlights of the event included RCC’s “You Rock” awards ceremony, hosted by Carmen Fields, which recognized community leaders who have championed RCC and the Roxbury community. Among those honored were: Sonia L. Alleyne, MPA, Vice President & New England Regional Manager, Community Reinvestment & Santander Bank Foundation; Judge Leslie Harris, an associate justice of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court; Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director of Discover Roxbury; and Beverly Morgan Welch, Executive Director of the Museum of African American History on Beacon Hill and Nantucket.
Speaking about the event and her hope that it becomes an annual occurrence, President of Roxbury Community College Dr. Valerie Roberson stated, “The festival is a wonderful way for RCC to celebrate the summer season and say ‘thank you’ to the community for their support during the past year. We want to make ‘Roxbury Rocks’ an annual RCC tradition. It is also a great opportunity to find out about the programs that RCC offers.”
From his perspective as both the Sheriff of Suffolk County and as a member of the RCC Board of Trustees, Sheriff Tompkins spoke about the event and its positive impact on the community.
“I think this event is great for RCC, but I also think it’s great for the community,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “For RCC, this is a great forum through which to show appreciation to the community and those who have supported the organization. With an eye toward public safety, I think it’s always good to have people coming out to meet their neighbors and other civically–engaged people. Events like these bring people together and strengthen the sense of community pride that is needed to continue to improve our neighborhoods.”