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Richa Desai is a first-generation born Indian-American, who enjoys writing about and exploring the exciting city of Miami. Originally from Chicago, Richa is a Miami transplant who is looking to make a difference in her community through charity and volunteering. She enjoys being involved with charity events, because it gives her enormous satisfaction knowing she has helped other people. Her passions include: writing, dancing, exercising, sports and making her mark in the social scene. One of Richa’s greatest talents is reaching out to younger generations by pointing them in a positive direction, through a Q&A series. Richa is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in the health-care field and plans on promoting health and wellness her whole life. Her decision to be a part of the health-care field sparked after her very first volunteer experience at a local hospital, when she was in high school. For the first time, she was able to see outside herself and put positive energy towards helping other people. She is very excited and honored to be a writer for the Miss A organization!

Recap: Community Health Festival In Miami Hosted By The Crockett Foundation

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(l to r) Zack Crockett and Henri Crockett at the 6th Annual Community Health Festival (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

The Crockett Foundation hosted their 6th Annual Family and Health Community Festival on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Pompano Citi Center. Booths sponsored by Broward Health provided attendees with health education information and healthcare screenings.

“This is our sixth year doing the festival and every year it gets bigger and better,” said Henri Crockett, Founder and Executive Director of Crockett Foundation. “We like to go out into the community and find ways to empower youth to live healthy lifestyles and create resources for them.”

Through its Equipped To Excel Program and annual community giveaways, the foundation provides students with educational resources to assist with math, science and English.

“We are trying to lighten the load on parents who have multiple children by giving out free haircuts, school supplies, backpacks and any other resources we can bring to the community,” Crockett said.

In addition to the festival, the Crockett Foundation has school-to-school programs, in which they provide peer tutoring to improve attendance, behavior and course performance.

“As a child growing up in Pompano Beach I was always blessed with the ability to ignore all odds placed against me because I believed in myself and my abilities,” said Crockett. “I strongly felt that if I was able to do this then a lot of youth faced with the same circumstances could learn from me. At the end of the day when you really think about it, what other choice is there but to hope, and by giving back to the community my brother Zack and I give hope to our youth.”

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Kid’s Bounce House at Crockett Health Festival (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

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Health festival booths (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

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Upper Cervical Institute of Florida booth (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

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Face painting for the kids (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

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Hope College booth (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

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Lynne Warrick Institute (Photo Credit: Richa Desai)

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