The Hope Festival scheduled at Cutler Ridge Park, June 1

The Hope Festival scheduled at Cutler Ridge Park, June 1Lulu and Michael Mena of His Hands At Work, a non-profit organization, have scheduled a fundraiser to take place on June 1. The Hope Festival will be a free family friendly event at Cutler Ridge Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Lisa Brannon.

”We are not charging admission, rather we are asking for each guest to bring a canned good to be donated to the Miami Rescue Mission,” Brannon said. “There will be live music performances all day, bounce houses, face painting, games, food trucks and lots of vendors, including businesses, restaurants and household items.

“Several local schools will be hosting a canned food drive to benefit this event as well. And we are proud to announce that we recently gained the financial support of [former] Marlin’s baseball player Mike Lowell.”

Local musicians who have joined the list of performers to support the event include Mosquito Heads and Omine.

“Our vision for the Hope Festival is to bring the community together to build hope, raise awareness and encourage involvement in community service,” said organizer Lulu Mena. “Proceeds of the event will provide immediate support to the projects of His Hands At Work. But we can’t do it alone. We believe that together our efforts are stronger and can make a greater impact on the lives of many.”

The organizers still are seeking donations, sponsorships and vendors for the event. For information contact Laura Derrick at 305-794-4366, Lulu Mena at 305-771-4263, or visit

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