River City Youth Foundation hosted its 16th Annual Father's Parade & Fiesta for #DoveSprings families in southeast Austin. Due to the pandemic, this year's event was modified to be a car parade. See the event highlights here.
Families decorated their cars for the occasion and the winning dads received $100 gift cards provided by Lowe's. The purpose of this longtime annual parade for RCYF has always been to create awareness about the positive influence that fathers (and father figures) have on their children's academic and social success. Research shows that a positive father role model has a greater impact on the family than other role models.
This year with the pandemic underway RCYF called on all dads and father role models in the community to use their influence in a positive way.
RCYF asked dads to take these 3 steps to protect their loved ones during this challenging time:
1) Wear a mask at work, in public, and at family gatherings.
2) Stay 6 feet apart at work, in public, and at family gatherings.
3) Tell your family and friends to do the same because Covid-19 spreads more easily from one person to another than other illnesses.
RCYF provided each father and family in the parade a supply of masks for work and home.
RCYF thanks its partners for the event Lowe's Southeast Austin @LowesMedia Hungry for God Young Men's Ministry @HungryforGodATX Strong Fathers, Strong Families (Mike Hall) @StrongFathers A Glimmer of Hope Foundation @aglimmerofhope Austin Fire Department @austinfiredept Travis County Constable Precinct 4 @George4TCCPct4 and @GoogleFiber.
This year's 2020 event was dedicated to our fathership hero Alphonso Rincon. His passion to help fathers become exemplary school and community role models has influenced many programs around the country. Even though he is no longer with us, Alphonso's legacy lives on forever.