For Immediate Release
August 6, 2014
Today, Mae H. Best, Executive Director of East River Family Strengthening Collabirative, Inc. (ERFSC), an 18 year old community based agency located in Ward 7, Washington DC, released a video capturing the essence of Ward 7 using the “Happy” song made popular by Pharrell Williams. The video was shot over three weeks at various locations in Ward 7 including Fort Dupont Ice Skating Rink, The Shimp Boat, the new Park 7 Apartments, The Nats Academy, Francis Gregory and Dorothy Height Libraries, and The Chateau to name a few. The video is very colorful and depicts fun, diverse and Happy Ward 7 residents showing their happiness in various ways.
Even though all locations in the ward were not captured, Ms. Best feels that “we captured a new and improved Ward 7 where people love to work and live. That was my original intention, and this video received so much community support that we feel it necessary to do something similar again because it really brought us together (and it was fun). This video is the beginning of new ways we will showcase the work, pride and promise of our Ward 7.”
ERFSC would like to thank everyone who participated in the Ward 7 Happy Video including Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Yvette Alexander and her team, the ERFSC staff, and all the stars that are too many to name. The video is being launched on ERFSC’s website, their Youtube page (EastRiverFamily) and their social media networks. The Ward 7 Happy Video was videographed by Brandon Best and Nicole Whitmire and edited by Brandon Best with creative direction and coordination by Mae H. Best, Rosie Parke and Rudy Davis.
Director of Communications & Community Services
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc.
3917 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019
Office: 202-397-7300, Ext. 104
Click HERE to watch the ERFSC Happy Video