For the fourth year in a row the spotlight was on men as they came together with family and friends from all over Gary and Northwest Indiana to celebrate Father’s Day at Real Men Cook.
Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, Indiana hosted the fun-filled food tasting celebration for men by men on June 16 at the church, 1276 W. 20th Avenue.
The church, whose pastor is Rev. John E. Jackson, said each year the participants have grown making 2019 one of the most successful. He credits the mission of celebrating men who care about the communities as the core reason for the success in past years and the reason TUCC hosted the event again this year with over 200 people attending.
Rev. Jackson says Real Men Cook is a celebration set aside on Father’s Day where men serve the community. In turn, the community extends love to the men. He said he is delighted to be hosting the event, in partnership with Real Men Charities, in North west Indiana. Mostly, Jackson says his church is honored and humbled to be part of Real Men Cook for the fourth consecutive year.
They came to grill and prepare delicious meals, which included the traditional cookout menu of grilled meats and vegetables. The event also continued Real Men Charities, Inc.’s is tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children.
Rev. Jackson said, “Serving healthy foods promotes a healthy lifestyle for the wellbeing of the body. This gathering is also designed to develop a healing sense of wholeness, fellowship and peace for the mind, and spirit of the larger body of the entire community through the powerful image of strong Black men sacrificing their day to serve the com- munity!”
“Real Men Cook turns the spotlight on men who are seldom acknowledged for the simple things, like loving their children and wives, caring for children without father figures, coaching and being an example to everyday work ethics and commitment,” said Reverend Jackson. “Trinity United Church of Christ – Gary is delighted to broadcast that message on Father’s Day and everyday!”