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Tobacco Free Partnership and SWAT Meet and Greet Community Members at Politics in the Park
August 18, 2016

On August 18, 2016 the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce and The Arcadian hosted a community wide political event at McSwain Park. This event served as a time for community members to fellowship and meet individuals running for elected offices. In addition to any candidate running for office, nonprofit organizations were also invited to set up a booth and share their mission with the community.

TFP Member Asya Shine, SWAT Advisor Melissa Mendoza, and SWAT Youth Alexis Parsley and Dillon Mendoza passed out information and promotional items to community members who visited our booth. 

This turned out to be a wonderful event for all involved, especially for our partnership and SWAT youth. It was great for our members to have the opportunity to mingle with candidates in a low key, non-threatening manner. SWAT Youth were able to not only share their mission with the community, but also recruit several new members. Numerous new faces stopped by our booth inquiring about what we had to offer. “It warms my heart to see you guys here,” mentioned one community member. “I am excited to see the changes you will bring to DeSoto County, especially where our youth is concerned,” said another.

Volunteers help prepare and distribute food to attendees. Pictured from left to right: Jodie DeLoach, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, Danyiell Blosser, Kelli Werner, and Jennifer Bowser

Establishing a presence within our community is a key factor in implementing our mission and vision. Participating in events such as these is a sure fire way of doing just that, but also, being amongst stakeholders and decision makers is a great way for us to prove our dedication to the this community. If you are interested in joining our partnership and getting more involved in creating a healthier future in DeSoto County, please contact our office at