Photos by Carol Porter
The Village of Wellington and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County partnered for an annual “Redteenth” event on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). This free event educated visitors on the mission of the Sickle Cell Foundation and its efforts in the community, as well as celebrated the history and significance of Juneteenth, a national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States celebrated annually on June 19th. The “Redteenth” event featured performances by spoken word artists, musical acts and educational/motivational speakers, in addition to a children’s area with activities, food trucks and vendors for the community to enjoy. The event was emceed by media personality and philanthropist Kitty Lundan.
The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with sickle cell disease/trait, as well as members of their family, and to educate the public about this devastating hereditary blood disorder. The disease is a condition that affects the red blood cells and is the most common of genetic disorders. For more information on the Sickle Cell Foundation, or call (561) 833-3113 or visit www.sicklecellpbc.org.