2017-08-10 / Other News

A Little Bit Of New Orleans In Brooklyn

By Jason Linetsky

Beads, gummy candies, bracelets, colorful pencils and more were up for grabs for kids of the Breukelen Houses as they enjoyed the 21st Anniversary of the Community Based Organization For All Neighborhoods (CBOFAN).

Vanessa Hughes, 2nd Vice President of the Breukelen Tenants Association, organized Saturday’s event, which was set up as a Mardi Gras party. Music, including a performance by the Royal Knights marching band, as well as a barbeque of ribs, burgers, hot dogs and corn drew people to the event. Activities for kids included inflatable basketball, soccer and volleyball sets as well as a football toss.

Hughes is the founder of CBOFAN, which empowers residents, from youth to adulthood, in achieving excellence in education, civics and athletics. The organization is committed to providing effective and productive community leadership while promoting self-development in the Breukelen Houses.

Many of the NYPD’s PSA2 officers stopped by for a meal and joined the kids in sports. Amid all the festivities, Hughes paused to honor Police Officers Invelt Jacinthe and Gilbert Vassilatos, NCOs for the NYPD’s Sector C1 (Breukelen, Bayview and Glenwood Houses) with certificates of recognition.

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