Fifth annual banquet held for fathers and returning citizens

Montgomery County's Office of Reentry partnered with the Fatherhood Program for the fifth annual "We the Fathers of Montgomery County..." fatherhood banquet held Friday evening at Sinclair’s Great Hall.

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"Statistics show when a dad is actively engaged in his children's lives, there is a positive impact on their education, socialization and overall well-being," Michael Newsom, Montgomery County Fatherhood Director, said in a written statement. "We want to encourage that kind of engagement and give them this opportunity to create lifelong memories with their kids."

The Fatherhood Program offered complimentary event tickets to returning citizens while Clothes That Work provided formal attire.

"Having an involved and engaged father in the home has a significant impact on the lives of kids, and ultimately, the community. We're happy to offer every opportunity available to support and guide these men as they transition back into society and their role as a father,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge in a written statement.

Attendees were provided with a meal, entertainment by R&B band Top Secret and fashion show by Clothes That Work.

Montgomery County Commissioner President Judy Dodge, Commissioner Carolyn Rice and Administrator Michael Colbert spoke on the importance of fatherhood.

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