On Sunday, May 14th 2017, the Indian American Association of Sharon held their annual Color Walk at the Sharon High School, an event that goes to show that a little rain cannot dampen the resolution of a community. From Sharon and surrounding areas, over a hundred attendees took part in an afternoon of festivities which followed a 2.5 mile run. The Color Walk is a celebration of the Indian festival, Holi, which welcomes spring and honors the triumph of good over evil with the throwing of vibrant colors.
All proceeds and donations gathered from the Color Walk go toward improving the Sharon High School. In the past, funds from this event have provided necessary additions to the school. As a joint effort, the attendees gather and raise money for their high school, an integral part of their town. Dr. Jose Libano, principal of Sharon High School, remarked, “You know, the money raised goes to supporting things that the high school needs, a couple years ago it was the cafe area for our library, last year it was the international flag display, which, you know, acknowledges all the different cultures and heritages in our school community… Again, I can’t thank the Indian American Association of Sharon enough for their support and continued help”.
Residents of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life were united on the track. The Color Walk truly prompted the ability of strangers to become familiar in an event for a good cause, demonstrated by the air of camaraderie among all participants. Each individual was undeterred by the less than desirable weather conditions and finished the 2.5 miles with enthusiasm and soul.
After the run, the inside of the school transformed into a relaxed celebration with entertainment for everyone. There was a variety of activities for children, including a Ring Toss, Pinball, Beanbag Toss, and Four Square. The event honored Mother’s Day as well, with a vibrant Mother’s Day themed photo booth and card-making station. There was no shortage of enjoyment for adults either, as a fun session of trivia and bingo ensuing after a delicious lunch consisting of authentic Indian flavors.
The 2017 Color Walk, organized by the IAAS, brought together an entire community in support of a good cause, with adults and children alike brightening an otherwise dreary day with their spirit.
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