The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 20
April 2018
4th Annual Turn It Around
 Basketball Tournament
Our 4th Annual Turn It Around Basketball Tournament was a blast! Thank you to all our local partners for contributing to the success of this event. 

(L-R, Older group and younger group championship team winners)

We would like to acknowledge the following community partners for all their help and generous support:
  • Gavin Foundation, for your substantial donation used to help us purchase our 4th Annual Turn It Around Basketball t-shirts and for being an official Celtics team sponsor!
  • Papa Gino's & Danielle Grace, for your very generous donation of pizza, raffle items and player award certificates. This is why we remain loyal customers!
  • Mishuwam Park, for your generous donation and helping us unite the youth of Charlestown!
  • First Church of Charlestown and its members, for providing the delicious pre-pasta tournament dinner and all the tasty bake sale items, as well as those from Jessica Haggerty and Mary Sweeney.
  • Harborview HealthClub, National Guard, BPL Charlestown Branch and Monument Restaurant and Tavern for donating raffle prizes, making this year's drawing even more exciting!
  • Convenience 365 Market & Deli and Anna's Café for donating water and Gatorade to keep our youth hydrated during the event!
  • Charlestown Liquors, for your donation in supporting positive opportunities for Charlestown youth.
  • Last, but not least, thank you, Hope & Comfort, for donating hygiene items such as deodorants to all our participants and helping to keep our youth looking and smelling good.
A special thank you to the Charlestown Community Center, the YMCA, the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, and Charlestown High School for all their hard work in getting kids registered for this event and opening their doors and hearts to Turn It Around!
It is only through these partnerships that we can have put on an event as awesome as this. Thank you to every organization, person, and business who helped!

Check out our social media pages for more photos of the day! Links at the bottom.

5th Anniversary Balloon Release for Steven Jones
The 5th Annual Balloon Release is to remember and celebrate the precious life of Steven Jones who lost his life at the young age of 21 in a senseless act of gun violence here in Charlestown on May 7th 2013. Steven was attempting to break up a fight in the community when he was tragically shot and killed. Each year on the anniversary of his death, his friends and family gather together to remember his life and support one another as they release balloons in his memory.

This year's balloon release will take place at Eden Street Park on May 7th at 5:30pm in front of the park bench that bears Steven's name. This was his favorite spot in Charlestown where he would hang out with his friends or sit to relax and reflect. Steven was known for his hilarious sense of humor, brave spirit, charisma and his unwavering love for his mother, Susan Rawlinson. Because Steven touched so many young people and adults on all sides of the Charlestown Community, his tragic loss served to unify many in this community. This annual event serves as a reminder of the tremendous impact he had as we continue to carry him in our hearts.

Turn it Around :
Youth of the Month
Ibrahim Balde
Ibrahim Balde  is our April  Turn It Around  Youth of the Month."Ibrahim can be found at every Turn It Around  meeting, at every event, and is always willing to help or volunteer. He has a great personality and contributes to  Turn It Around in many positive ways. "

-Ginaya Greene Murray

Peace in Charlestown
The Charlestown Coalition is committed to bringing peace and unity to our community. This spring, funded through a grant by the City of Boston, the Mt. Vernon Street Plaza is being revitalized and transformed into a "Peace Park." The coalition is organizing an annual Peace Walk through the Charlestown community to prevent community violence and promote unity among neighbors.
If you would like to find out more information on how you can be involved, volunteer or sponsor these projects, please contact Ginaya at

Voices of Recovery
Danielle Fernekees
Danielle Fernekees is sharing his journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

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