Council participates in Day of Service programs held

to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, Jan. 15, marks the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, first created in 1983 to mark the birthday of Dr. King. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national day of service when people are encouraged to participate in activities that help our neighbors and improve our communities.

During the January 10 weekly meeting, Delaware County Council announced their plans to participate in two programs held to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to serve others.

"There are several events being held on Monday that call on people to not take a day off, but instead to work on a service project," said Councilman Michael Culp.

Council highlighted the Hoops from the Heart and the Unity Day Breakfast initiatives with representatives from both events in attendance at the meeting.

This year is the 17th anniversary of the Hoops from the Heart basketball fundraiser and food drive that takes place at four colleges and raises money for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, which is the county's anti-poverty agency. To date, this event has raised over $100,000 for the Community Action Agency.

This event involves hundreds of young athletes who attend basketball clinics at Haverford, Neumann, Widener and Cabrini colleges. Proceeds from the clinics are used to help needy families plus the participants bring non-perishable food items that are delivered to the Life Center in Upper Darby, which serves homeless individuals.

"We are always impressed by the dedication of the coaches, the enthusiasm of the athletes and the generosity of everyone involved," said Councilman Culp. "Every year, County Council is proud to participate to help to collect the food. It's a great moment when we make that final delivery of food to the Life Center in Upper Darby."

Also on Monday, Council will join at the Drexelbrook in Upper Darby for the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day Breakfast. This annual event is hosted by the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Upper Darby Community Outreach Corp., local churches and area schools. The event, which is open to the public, features the presentation of student essays, uplifting music and an inspirational keynote address. This year's speaker is Chief Regina Price of the Darby Township Police Department. Locally, Chief Price made history as the first appointed black female Chief in the history of Delaware County and as the first appointed female Chief in the history of Darby Township Police Department.

"By hosting speakers like Chief Price, the Unity Day Breakfast continues Martin Luther King's legacy of celebrating people who serve others. The breakfast also supports the YMCA's mission to promote the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility," said Culp. To register for the breakfast or for more information, visit:

Honoring Dr. King's Legacy of Service

Delaware County Council recognized two events held each year to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hoops from the Heart to benefit the Community Action Agency and the Unity Breakfast hosted by the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County. Shown at the Jan. 10 Council meeting are, from left, Michael Ranck, president/CEO of the Community YMCA, Vincent Gordon, Community Y Foundation board member, Chief Regina Price of Darby Township Police, Councilman Michael Culp, Trish McFarland, president of the Delaware County Chamber and back row, Councilman Brian P. Zidek, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman John McBlain and Councilman Kevin M. Madden.