“Groovy Goes Global.”

That’s the name of an all-day talent showcase that will bring Broadway and television stars to O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 3).

The fun will kick off with community tables, sports contests, and a carnival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Then everybody from summer campers to internationally recognized entertainers will share a main stage that lies in the vicinity of Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard.

Jamie Cepero, a singer/actor from the TV show “Smash,” will sing, and another multi-talented performer, Michael J. Verre, will do his tap version of the Bruno Mars hit “That’s What I Like.” Taranasha “Tara” Wallace from MTV’s “Love and Hip Hop” will meet her fans and sign copies of her self-help book, “The Goddess Potential,” which offers ways that women can build confidence.

Groovy Goes Global aims to entertain, but it also has an altruistic mission. Attendance is free, but donations will be solicited, and all funds raised will go toward building a school in Nicaragua (below photo) with the nonprofit buildOn. Plus, Matt Bird, who handles public relations for the United Nations, will speak about the UN’s Sustainable Development goals, and organizers will erect a gallery displaying student art commemorating global citizenship.

The event’s main organizers are The Child Center of NY, a nonprofit that focuses on early childhood education, behavioral health, prevention and family support, health homes and integrated care, and youth development, and The Groovy Projects, a nonprofit that uses entertainment to build character and prevent bullying. Thus, attendees can expect to watch youth-created music videos, short movies, beat-boxing, and other activities with inspirational, community-building themes.

Other organizers are NYPD’s 101st Precinct and City Council Member Donovan Richards.

Top photo: The Groovy Projects; bottom photo: buildOn


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