Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Westport’s 50th annual jUNe Day Celebration is set for Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Saugatuck Elementary School, where the town will host United Nations delegates, staff and their families for a day of cultural and recreational events.
Local, state and federal officials are scheduled to be on hand, including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, to greet participants and U.N. Under Secretary-General Joseph Verner Reed.
Throughout the day, flags of the 193 U.N. member countries will fly on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge named for the Westporter who brought the event to town in 1965. Steinkraus Cohen, who had served as private secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt, was the founder of the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut
jUNe Day officials note that Saturday’s events fall close to the 70th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter on June 26, 1945.
At the school, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and United Nations Association President Bill Hass are scheduled to welcome the guests, and jUNe Day Chairperson Michaela MacColl will outline the day’s activities. Officials say that event is the embodiment of “working together for peace, freedom and justice.”
Throughout the day, participants will have free access to Compo Beach, Earthplace, the town pools at Longshore Club Park and an organized game of golf at Longshore.
Among those attending will be Carole Wainaina of Kenya, U.N.assistant secretary-general for human resources management, and Westporter Anthony Banbury, U.N. assistant secretary-general, department of field support. State Sen. Toni Boucher, Sen.Tony Hwang, Rep. Gail Lavielle, and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg are scheduled to attend.
Organizers say area residents are welcome to volunteer in set-up, food-preparation and decorations, and photographers are needed at needed at all venues.
For further information, call Michaela MacColl at (203) 227-9461 or Bill Hass at (203) 454-7685.
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