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MJ 93-90 Foundation holds Fall Festival

The MJ 93-90 Foundation held its first Fall Festival at the Grist-Brown Memorial YMCA Saturday.

Based on the overflow parking lot and capacity crowd, the event was a success. Birmingham and Montgomery residents attended the event along with Dallas County residents. An assortment of vendors offered food and jewelry. Games were available indoors and outdoors.

“We wanted to bring the community together and wanted everyone to have fun,” MJ 93-90 Executive Director Yolanda Effinger said. “We had a little bit of something for everyone.”

YMCA Chief Visionary Officer Juanda Maxwell said both the YMCA and MJ 93-90 had similarities.

“Hosting the fall festival was a huge get for the YMCA,” Maxwell said. “We have very similar goals.’’

MJ 93-90 Foundation Secretary and Treasurer Thomasine Johnson said the YMCA played a big role in her life.

“The YMCA has always been important to me,” Johnson said. “I don’t know where I’d be without the YMCA to help my son. We both wanted to do an event for the whole family.”

The MJ 93-90 Foundation was created by Michael Johnson, a former Dallas County High standout and NFL veteran. Johnson, who has a degree from Georgia Tech, played 10 seasons in the NFL.

Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum and Selma City Councilwoman Jannie Thomas attended the event.