CLEVELAND (WJW) — A free event was coordinated on Sunday to bridge communities together in Cleveland.
The Rock the Blocks event took place at Larchmere Boulevard in Cleveland from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The FOX 8 I-Team’s Ed and Peggy Gallek were featured in the parade at noon.
Those in attendance also saw a cooking demonstration by chef Stacy Stoudemire, enjoyed a free concert and broke out in a sweat in a Fit Challenge – a community workout.
Sprinkles and Milk was there giving away free treats along with other food vendors.
“Rock the Blocks returned after two years due to the pandemic. As one of the main organizers for the event, I feel compelled to host Rock the Blocks each year to help bridge the communities,” said Kim Thomas, an organizer of the event. “I couldn’t do it alone, so I have to give a huge thank you to all of the volunteers! Growing up in the inner city, I saw the struggle that many parents faced trying to make ends meet. Unfortunately, many kids never had the opportunity to visit an amusement park, and many adults never attended live concerts! So, we decided to bring free entertainment to the community and join forces with some amazing business partners to make Rock the Blocks a success, like Brandon Chrostowski from Edwins, who donated free hot dogs, and Stacey Stoudmire, who did a healthy cooking demonstration at the event to show the community how to cook and eat healthy by using fresh vegetables. But we also know that to maintain a healthy diet, you must be disciplined and work out! So we invited Charles Quin, Darnell Weeden and their team from The Gym, and they performed a community workout session!”