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Dunkin 4 Donations – From Gangs to Giving Back

By Carla Yvette
Society Editor

Five years since their first Dunkin 4 Donations (D4D) Benefit Concert and Tournament, founders David “GUTTADAVE” Ross and Tracy Haynes are still making a difference in their community.
 

“Round 5” of Dunkin 4 Donations was held December 21 at Scott High School’s Ben E. Williams Field House. Founded under the brand, Hands Over Hearts, the basketball charity event is held each year to raise money and collect toys for local shelters and less fortunate and needy families.

The purpose is also to show central-city youths positive role models and positive alternatives. Ross says, “What we're doing is showing the community what can happen when we come together. Instead of protesting and tearing up our own neighborhoods, let’s come together and build up our own people.”

Former gang members Devonne Fagan, current D4D board member and owner of Pinnacle Autobody, and Dedra Brown helped organize the event. Brown, Founder of David Davis Youth Center, an after school program with a focus on intervention and prevention on gangs and bullying, lost her brother to gang violence and says she partnered with Ross and Haynes because her passion is to help children avoid the life she lived.

Former gang leader Willie Knighten, Facilitator and case manager for The Ridge Project, an organization that specializes in healthy families, responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage along with men of TYRO, an accountability community for ex-offenders, says they were honored to be a part of the event when approached by organizers and donated over $200 in toys to help less fortunate children.

The event started with a children’s basketball game between the Count Change Celtics and Team Early Bird before the featured D4D games. Performances by the Scott High school dance team, The Imagine Clay Drill and Drumline, aspiring rapper Yung Jo Jo and The Flintstone Kids entertained the crowd of over 500 between games.

   

Copyright © 2014 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 01/01/15 23:03:22 -0800.

 


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