James H. Cole Funeral Home Family Festival

James H. Cole Family Festival, Gives Back To The Community

By Nicole Black

The James H. Cole Home for Funerals is celebrating their 100 Centennial Anniversary by giving back to the community. The #Cole100 Family Festival sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) took place on the grounds of the funeral at their West Grand Boulevard location.

A fourth-generation family business, the James H. Cole Home for Funerals turns 100 years old this year. In recognition of the business’ 100 years of service to the community, it is holding a number of celebratory events throughout the year. The f#Cole100 Family Festival was open to the public and free of charge.

“We’re proud to be a part of recognizing the James H. Cole Home for Funerals and the 10 decades of compassionate care it has delivered to families in and around Detroit,” says NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “We were excited to celebrate a true Detroit icon at this family friendly event.”

The festival featured live performances by Apollo winner Cam Anthony, “The Voice” contestant Beth Manley, and Grammy-nominated performer Dwele.

“As a native Detroiter, I’m honored to perform at an event celebrating a truly great family and the business it has built in our great city” says Dwele. “It was a party to remember.”

Other festival attractions included hip hop aerobics with DJ Jewels Baby and trap yoga with Lisa Hillary. Henry Ford Health System offered free blood pressure checks and BMI monitored in its health pavilion. The festival also featured many child friendly attractions including carnival games, a train, a petting zoo, face painting, and a performance by Fresh the Clowns. All attendees were invited to enjoy the sweets and savories of local food trucks.

“We’re honored that the NAACP is recognizing our work in the community by serving as the host of the family festival,” says Karla Cole Green, James H. Cole Home for Funerals President. “This event offered an opportunity for us to thank our fellow community members for their continued support of our business.”

The James H. Cole Funeral Home will end the celebration of their 100th Centennial Anniversary Celebration with the Grande Gala held September 14, 2019 at the Roostertail on Detroit’s Riverfront. For ticket information, please visit, www.cole100.com/.

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