PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) today announces both the special highlights and community support surrounding the 9th Annual Q-Festival Weekend this April 11-13, hosted by Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin of the Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Q-Festival Weekend (Q-Fest) was designed early in Boldin's National Football League career as a one-day event benefitting his hometown. As the years progressed and supporters increased, Q-Fest developed in to an abundance of activities for all ages. Feature activities this April, include:
- A Fundraiser Celebrity Golf Tournament at the prestige BallenIsles Country Club on April 11, with a variety of sponsorships, ticket packages and featured Super Bowl Champion athletes
Followed with community events, all free to attend:
- Celebrity Basketball Game and Autograph Signing with a last year record of 28 Pro-Athletes participating
- The 2nd Annual Rapture Fitness 3k run/walk, Health & Wellness Fair partnered with the City of Pahokee
- Fun Day in the Park held at the Anquan Boldin Stadium, featuring live performance by Le'Andria Johnson, Grammy award-winning American gospel musician and singer-songwriter, and the winner of the 3rd season of Black Entertainment Television's Sunday Best. Additionally, flag football for youth, High School achievement awards, exhibitors, and a variety of food choices.
For more information on Q-Festival Weekend and to participate, please visit www.Q81.org.
"My community involvement has always been a priority, and people who know me understand my commitment," said Boldin. "Q-Fest is among the Q81 Foundation's top priorities among our annual programs. We're going to keep doing positive things, listening to how we can fulfill the needs, and make an impact."
Leaders of the community share their feedback:
"Since my arrival in Pahokee in 2007, I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Boldin and partnering on several projects between the city and the Anquan Boldin Foundation, said Derrek Moore, City Manager of the City of Pahokee. "We owe a great deal of appreciation and thanks to Mr. Boldin and his foundation for all that they do and have done to bring positive focus and attention to his hometown. Mr. Boldin has shown the world that he is an elite athlete, but he is also an elite person, humanitarian and contributor."
"The Anquan Boldin Foundation has been a reliable and dependable group for our high school, said Edna Stephens, principal of Everglades Preparatory Academy. "Anquan Boldin is a mentor for our students. Without his Foundation it would be almost impossible to have the field trips and guest speaking activities during summer school for two consecutive years. Both our facilitators and students are very appreciative."
"Since Boldin's professional football career, we witnessed the start of the Anquan Boldin Foundation and watched it expand to what it is today, says Kayla French, Director of Marketing & Business Development of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. "We participate in the Q-Festival Weekend's Fun Day in the Park every year by providing youth football equipment, staff support and counsel. We congratulate all the hard work put forth and the excitement shared among the many youth and families participating."
"We have been a friend of the Q81 Foundation for the last 6 years, stemming from a partnership to enhance existing services so that more families could be served," said Cornesha Dukes-Chisholm, director of Bridges at Pahokee, a program of Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. "Bridges has collaborated with the Q81 Foundation on multiple projects, but the start-up of the Teen Summer Camp Program has been the most exciting and critical to the community in its help to fill a service gap for the underserved youth population. Our partnership with Anquan and the Q81 Foundation has set the standard for our work with other partners and foundations to ensure that we are helping to "Change the Odds" for our children and our families."
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin's home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a seven-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation conducts an eight-week Q81 Summer Enrichment Program in partnership with Florida Crystals, last year reporting 30 students to have increased their GPA, while three student-athletes became eligible to play sports the Fall term. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Foundation conducts annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping Sprees as well as collaborative efforts in supporting football camps and tournaments. For more information please visit www.Q81.org.
Bridgett Coates / Anquan Boldin Foundation
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