Thursday, October 14, 2021

Festival funds 16 civic groups

It was a good day for 16 Westland organizations last week when Mayor William R. Wild presented checks to representatives of the various civic groups. 

Wild distributed $10,750 in funding to the local community organizations generated at the 2021 Blues, Brews and BBQ event. 

The annual event has distributed more than $250,000 to local civic groups during the 10-year history of the community festival. 

Each of the 16 local organizations provided volunteer help at the event and served as greeters, grounds crews, ID checkers and a variety of other roles in an effort to mitigate the costs of hosting the annual festival.

The 2021 Blues, Brews, and BBQ event was headlined by Detroit Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis. Attendees were able to take in the sounds of several Blues bands while sampling food from some of the best Michigan BBQ vendors. 

The two-day event concluded with the first-ever drone show in the city and the largest fireworks display in the 55-year history of Westland. 

Receiving donations from the event this year were: Friends of the Westland Public Library; Gateway Family Worship Center; Knights of Columbus; Norwayne Boxing Club; Norwayne Community Citizens Council; Plymouth/Westland Grange 389; St. John's Episcopal Church; United Community International; Civitan Club of Westland; The Westland Democratic Club;  Westland Historic Village Park; Westland Area Jaycees; Westland Lions Club; Westland Rotary Club; Westland Youth Athletic Association - WYAA and Westland Youth Assistance.