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Saturday concert emphasizes character building through music


The Let’s Make a Difference Summer Enrichment Program will conclude Saturday with the annual Kandy Land Karnival from 1-5 p.m. at Ray Mellert Park in Medina.

Founding director Michelle Powell of the nonprofit organization is collaborating with Ohio native and Christian R&B recording artist Prophocey, of Real Music Records for the event.

While on a national tour, Prophocey stop in Medina to work with kids from Union Square involved in the summer program on character development and confidence building through songwriting and music appreciation. He also will perform a concert.

Admission to the carnival and concert is $1 for Union Square residents and $2 for others.

Kandy Land will be presented by Let’s Make a Difference, with support from the Recovery Center of Medina County and Ward 1 Councilwoman Laura Parnell-Cavey.

Its goal is to provide back-to-school fun for the kids involved in the summer program. The fantasy meets fairy-tale theme of Kandy Land has become a Let’s Make a Difference staple over the years.

“I always teach the kids that if you can see it and believe it, you can do it,” Powell said in a statement.

Powell’s son, Malik Tuck, a Medina High School and Ohio State University graduate, will speak at the event.

Tuck also was selected to speak at commencement exercises at Ohio State University this spring. Hunter Heaton, another Medina graduate, also will address the kids.

The carnival will include a variety of games, prizes, magic shows, face-painting, live music, and candy treats.

There will be cotton candy and a chocolate fountain, in addition to burgers and hot dogs for all who attend.

Supported by local businesses, churches and other organizations, Let’s Make a Difference is led by volunteers under the direction of Powell.

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