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Maraschinos Pub donations help make holidays happier for Canton Connects youths

 Maraschinos Pub donations help make holidays happier for Canton Connects youths

Business located in Cherry Hill Village hosts festive celebration for local teens, elementary-age children

Participants of The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center’s Canton Connects Youth and Teen programs were treated to a festive holiday celebration, where each member received a gift that was generously donated by Canton’s Maraschinos Pub.

During the celebration participants also enjoyed pizza, provided by an anonymous donor, while listening to music supplied by RC DJ and Video Productions.

To help make all of the Canton Connects participants’ holiday even sweeter, Maraschinos Pub gave Beats® wireless headphones to the teens and Squishmallows® plush toys to the elementary-age children.

Community support

Maraschinos Pub, located at 50296 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, supports numerous Canton Leisure Services programs throughout the year in addition to the Canton Connects program, including Hot Meal Mondays, The B.L.O.C.K.’s After-school program, and more.

“This holiday celebration was an enormous success thanks to the big-heartedness of the generous donors who helped make this event happen,” stated Chelsea Straub, Canton recreation specialist. “The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center is grateful for the generous support we’ve received from Maraschinos Pub throughout the year, but especially now since these latest donations enabled every student in the Canton Connects program to receive these gifts to help brighten their holiday season.”

Free programs

The Canton Connects programs are free after-school programs for qualifying children ages 5-17 within the Canton community that are presented by The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center. Throughout the year, Canton Youth Connection participants meet for activities, crafts, and field trips.

In addition, some individuals also participate in free swim lessons at the Summit on the Park. Canton Teen Connection meets at The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from October through June for art classes, cooking classes, tutoring, and more. All Canton Connects participants are provided with enrichment programming that teaches the importance of lifelong fitness and healthy lifestyles, as well as guidance on how to work with others and the ability to work out conflicts, and more!

The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building at 1150 S. Canton Center Road, provides a fun, teen-friendly environment where students from ages 11-17 can participant in supervised after-school programs, social events, and activities.

For more information about Canton Youth Connection or The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, visit www.cantonfun.org/146 or call 734/398-5570.

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Ed Wright

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