Diversity Celebration: Cultural Fair (May 4, 2005)

A Celebration of Cultures in an Ever-Changing SocietyImage


The second annual community-wide Diversity Celebration featuring music, dance, inspirational speakers, food, local vendors, an art exhibit, and a fashion show was held from 5 to 8 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion and Puyallup Public Library.


"Cultural Fair: A Celebration of Cultures in an Ever-Changing Society" was coordinated by the Puyallup School District Diversity Committee  under the leadership of educators Melanie Helle and Collette Stewart. A similar event held in 2004 at Rogers High School drew more than 1,000 people.


The three-hour celebration included a resource fair set up in the Pavilion, park, and library featuring agencies, organizations, and materials relating to cultural diversity. Participants dined on food and beverages representing a variety of cultures. Food and beverages were donated by local restaurants and was free to event attendees.


The majority of participants were from within the Puyallup community, including student performers. For example, Zeiger Elementary School’s Select Choir performed, and art work from Wildwood Elementary's third graders and Ballou Junior High's eighth graders were on display.


"Our goal was to showcase and celebrate the many cultures that comprise our local and global community while engaging people in a cultural experience," says Marya A. Gingrey, Director of Diversity Affairs.


Admission was free; however, event organizers requested that participants donate a can of food to St. Francis House. Pioneer Park Pavilion is located at 320 South Meridian, adjacent to Pioneer Park and the Puyallup Public Library.


For more information about the Diversity Celebration, contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at (253) 840-8966.