2006-08-25 / Community

Action Center Hosts Youth Expo 2006 At Beach Channel HS

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Action Center youth sing their hearts out in the opening ceremony. Action Center youth sing their hearts out in the opening ceremony. At what was billed as "the biggest Queens youth event to take place" where "thousands of Queens residents will gather to celebrate The Action Center Youth Expo 2006" a sparse crowd came to watch young people from the Action Center dance, sing and take part in soccer clinics with professional soccer players.

What was lacking in numbers was made up for by the enthusiasm of the youngsters who performed for their parents and friends in the opening ceremony.

There were carnival games and rides, food and a raffle for a new car. In addition, the R & B group 112 performed.

It was hoped that last Sunday's fundraiser, at Beach Channel High School, would garner enough money for the Action Center to support new track and field, soccer, health and fitness and swimming teams.

It was unclear at press time as to whether the organization achieved its goal because of the small turnout.

At left: Aria Doe, the executive director of the Action Center, welcomes those who came to the event. Behind her are several of the Action Center children who performed.  At left: Aria Doe, the executive director of the Action Center, welcomes those who came to the event. Behind her are several of the Action Center children who performed. As professional players watch from the sidelines, youngsters participate in one of the soccer clinic drills. As professional players watch from the sidelines, youngsters participate in one of the soccer clinic drills. Occupants take a ride on the Flying Dragoon during the afternoon. Occupants take a ride on the Flying Dragoon during the afternoon. Several different age groups of dancers strutted their stuff last Sunday. Several different age groups of dancers strutted their stuff last Sunday.

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