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WHAT: 25TH ANNUAL SYLVESTER AND STACEY JOHNSON MEMORIAL WHEN: SEPTEMBER 25, 2011—DOORS OPEN AT 4 PM WHERE: FIRST COMMUNITY INTERFAITH INSTITUTE INC., 219 HAMILTON STREET, ROCHESTER NY PURPOSES: TO EMPHASIZE HUMAN LIVES, HONEST RECONCILIATION AND TO OFFICIALLY KICKOFF THE KWANZAA APPEAL


In 1986, at the entrance of Darien Lake Amusement Park, a fatal triple car accident took the lives of Sylvester Johnson, his daughter Stacey and Stephanie Kozak, a friend of Stacey’s. Brian Schollard drove his fire truck into Mr. Johnson’s car. Mr. Schollard was not going to a fire when the fire truck slammed into Mr. Johnson’s car. Consequently, Mr. Schollard was fined ten dollars.

The 25TH  Annual Sylvester and Stacey Johnson Memorial places emphasis on human lives and the need for authentic reconciliation. Also the 25TH  Annual Sylvester and Stacey Johnson Memorial is the kickoff of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.’s Kwanzaa Appeal. All proceeds will be used to support the Charles Riley Tutorial Program and other cultural activities.

On Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 4 PM, at 219 Hamilton Street, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will sponsor its 25th Annual Sylvester and Stacey Johnson
Memorial Lecture. First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will also be remembering
Waddell Ansari (Waddell Johnson), Madam Martha McMiller Jordan, Angela Johnson,
Alphonso McKinney, Hubert A. Walker and Brother Freddie Thomas.
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. is a spiritual and cultural organization plus a teaching church which was formed in 1970 by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. Minister Evans will give a lecture entitled “Doology: Solving Problems by Utilizing Case Management.”

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All events are at 219 Hamilton Street at 6 PM EST unless otherwise specified
First Fruits (Dec 1-25)
December 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM (kickoff and introduction)
December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
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