A celebration 40 years in the making was also the first of its kind.
Forbes Hospital celebrated its fourth decade in Monroeville in conjunction with the Monroeville Foundation’s inaugural CommUNITY Day.
Nearly 2,000 people flocked to Monroeville Community Park West on Tilbrook Road July 28 to mark the special occasion.
About 130 attendees participated in a 5K run that morning, and roughly 40 people took part in the 2K walk with a doctor, in which people were able to ask Forbes physicians questions while leisurely exercising.
Forbes Hospital had a health fair with free wellness screenings.
“We wanted to do something to celebrate our presence in the community,” Forbes President Dr. Mark Rubino said. “We’ve teamed up with the foundation and put together a really exciting and very successful CommUNITY Day. I think we’ve got a lot of families out here. It’s been really a tremendous day.”
People got to explore a Forbes’ LifeFlight helicopter before it took off.
Other activities included caricature drawings, face painting, balloon art, performances from the Gateway School District cheerleaders, live music, crafts, food trucks and a gymnastics demonstration by Alison Biondi Gymnastics & Dance. American Legion Post 860 Color Guard participated in the opening ceremonies.
Event Coordinator Debbie Iszauk said the event took about six months to plan, and thanked all its sponsors and volunteers for countless hours of hard work.
“It’s really about the people,” she said. “We have a new Monroeville tradition here.”
Foam Party Pittsburgh turned a section of the park into what looked like a giant bubble bath with dozens of children jumping around in the suds.
Jiwon Park, 11, of Monroeville said the foam was the best part of the event. Julia Bryant, 12, of Monroeville splashed her brother, Joshua Bryant, 9, with the foam.
“It was really fun and felt really soft, like nothing I’ve ever felt before,” Julia said.
Their mother, Noel Bryant, said the family-friendly community celebration is something Monroeville needs.
“I thought it was wonderful and it was unique,” she said. “We’ve never done this before. I like the idea of them being able to jump in the bubbles and have music. It was fun. It’s a stress reliever.”
Musician Billy Price was the closing act.
Organizers said they would meet later this year to discuss what went well and how to improve for the second annual event.
“We are so pleased that so many people have come out to support Monroeville CommUNITY Day, and we’re really excited about looking to next year for everything that Monroeville has to offer,” Iszauk said.
More information about Monroeville Foundation event is available at monroevillefoundation.org or call 412-856-3304.
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