Local Astronaut Victor Glover will be Special Guest at “UNITY IN commUNITY DAY” Chillin N Grillin BBQ comPITition

Victor J. Glover Jr Astronaut

Commander Victor Glover Jr. is a U.S. Navy aviator and astronaut assigned to NASA.  On Sept 18, 2021, he is scheduled to attend the “UNITY in commUNITY” BBQ ComPITition at Fontana Park’s Sports Pavilion next to the Jessie Turner Center on Summit Avenue.

Commander Glover was born in Pomona, graduated from Ontario High and received his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2013 he was selected to be an astronaut.  

Most recently he piloted the SpaceX Dragon as a member of the four-person Resilience Crew-1 astronauts.  They spent 167 days in space on the International Space Station and returned to Earth, splashing down in the Atlantic in the early morning hours of May 2, 2021.  

Prior to that, his most recent flight to space was as a Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 64.    

“We are happy that Cmdr. Glover, a real hometown hero is going to attend the UNITY in commUNITY community barbecue,” Ellen Turner Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana announced.  

She continued, “He is an incredibly accomplished man who serves as a role model for all young people.  He proves you can reach the highest levels, even the stars. We encourage everyone to come meet him on the 18th of September.” 

Chris Macias, president of the Fontana POA said, “The purpose of the community barbecue is to strengthen the trust and communications we have with the community and the police.  But it is also to inspire the young people of our area to be anything they want to be including an astronaut.”

“Cmdr. Glover comes from our area, went to local schools and has reached the highest level of achievement imaginable,” Macias added.  “We want you to come meet him.  Be inspired to reach the highest levels. It is possible.”  

In addition to Cmdr. Glover, there will be award winning barbecue ribs and chicken available.  The Summit High School Band will provide music and a local Folkloric Ballet will be there to entertain.  

“The event is kid friendly,” Program Coordinator Deborah Hall-Lindsey said.  “We’ll have activities including a bounce house, car show, vendors and police and fire vehicles including the SWAT truck that kids of all ages can climb on.”   

The UNITY in commUNITY BBQ is a partnership with the Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana, Fontana Police Officers Association, and the City of Fontana. 

Tickets are $10 for the first family member and $5 for each additional family member.  Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or through the Concerned Citizen’s website using PayPal.  That website is https://blackawarenessparade.webs.com/.   

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