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Recap: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s 34th Annual Birthday Dinner

Cheryl Jennings

Cheryl Jennings (Photo Credit: TNDC)

On May 12, 2015 the  celebrated home, health and happiness at the TNDC’S 34th Annual Birthday hosted by ABC News anchor, Cheryl Jennings at the historic Westin Saint Francis Hotel. The organization works to elevate the living standards of those facing socioeconomic disadvantages through financial and social services.

With people struggling to make a living in order to support their family, nutrition has fallen short on the list of priorities. This unfortunate scenario caught the attention of TNDC who created a task force in order to better food choices in the neighborhood. TNDC has been reaching out to local storeowners, including Fadhl Fadhl Radman, owner of Radman Produce Market. Radman was delighted about the healthy improvement opportunity, “I’m so pleased that with the support of the coalition I can contribute to improve health for my customers and still run a successful business.” TNDC awarded Fadhl Radman with the Bro. Kelly Cullen Award for his very healthy Radman’s Produce Market. Radman revamped his produce market to provide a wider variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, and meats. “Having the collation help me transform my store to include a wider variety of fresh produce and meats has become a real dream come true.”

Cast of Beach Blanket Babylon (Photo Credit: TNDC)

Cast of Beach Blanket Babylon (Photo Credit: TNDC)

Guests enjoyed the musical renditions of the Synchronicity Strings and danced the night away to the mixes of DJ King Most. And in good old birthday tradition the TNDC sang happy birthday along with the cast of the Beach Blanket Babylon cast.

TNDC provides affordable housing and support services to over 3,400 individuals every year. Running on the core values of collaboration, diversity, equity, excellence, and integrity. The institution been contributing to the wellbeing of the neighborhood by providing residents with opportunities such as, after-school program for children, community organizing, tenant activates, social work service, and community garden.

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