WARSAW — Approximately 50 people hunkered down with warm clothing at Warsaw’s Central Park Saturday, April 28, to attend an event aimed at warming human relations.
The 5th Annual Celebrate Diversity event focused on promoting the Lake City as a place where all people feel welcome and included.
“We want to continue to have a tradition of events like this that show there are folks in our community that recognize there are marginalized people,” said Gennie Brissette-Tipton, manager of communications and projects for Orthoworx and emcee for Saturday’s event.
While temperatures hovered in the upper 40s and the crisp wind chilled spectators, speakers such as Danette Till spoke to the crowd about human differences and the importance of inclusion in society. Congressional candidate Courtney Tritch also addressed the crowd in absentia by way of a statement read from Brissette-Tipton.
“From the very beginning of this country, diversity is where we have always found our strength,” said Tritch in her statement. “Embracing diversity and inclusion is good for our country, our communities and our growing workforce.”
Till told the audience that getting people together can sometimes break down barriers that hinder diversity.
“Lean in, not away,” Till said. “It is really hard to hate from up close.
The event was family-friendly and was planned conclude with a peace march in downtown Warsaw.