The Pioneer Center is celebrating 60 years of community service with its "Unity in Our Community" event, Saturday. Patrick McFadden, director of communication with the Pioneer Center, said it'll feature former Broadway performer, world percussionist, and motivational speaker Elec Simon in a community drum circle and concert.
"His message in general is respect and unity, so we thought that he would be perfect for this event," said McFadden.
Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson will lead opening ceremonies at 4pm, Saturday, in Yoctangee Park. A drum circle will start at 4:30pm, while various lawn games and children's activities will take place at 5:30pm. Then, at 7pm, the crowd will see an Elec Simon & Friends performance. Throughout the evening, police and fire vehicles will be on display.
McFadden (pictured) said the event is a way for the center to thank the community for its continuing support but also to showcase its various services.
"The biggest misconception about the Pioneer Center is that it's just a school," he said, "where really, it's the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, so we serve people from birth to death."
In the case of inclement weather, the free event will be moved to the Chillicothe Middle School commons area.
The event is being sponsored by the City of Chillicothe, Railway Express, Litter Corp., Hampton Inn, Globe Furniture, Classic Brands, Dr. Brian Jenkins, Drs. Richard and Kathy Villarreal, Dr. Anna Villarreal Jenkins, McDonald's, Tomlinson Insurance, Amy's Simply Divine Salon, Accurate Heating and Cooling, Haller Funeral Home, Ware Funeral Home, BBB Music Center, Lowe's, Old Canal Smokehouse, and Chillicothe Fire and Security.
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