Last Sunday, at the Plantation Heritage Park, CSMS/CSYF held its first picnic. Under an eighty-degree temperature, many people, indeed, showed up to spend a nice moment with the organization, as it celebrated Father’s Day. Venec Saintvil rocked the park with wonderful sweet compa, zouk, troubadour and meringue.As part of ongoing fundraising activities, a 19’ inch TV, a DVD/VIDEO and Dr. Isma’s book were given away. The organization held the raffle in order to raise much-needed funds to keep it operational. Marjorie Marges from Pembroke Pines won the first prize. Venec Saintvil won the second prize and Dr. Jean Wiesner won the third one. “I think CSMS is a promising organization. We need more devoted citizens like that in our community,” said Stephanie Pantel, one of the participants.“It is important to have more social gatherings like this. I’m willing to volunteer for CSMS. We need to do more to bring greater awareness about CSMS in the community,” said Camilo Rojas, another participant. Although many people who bought to their raffle tickets did not show up, those who did were without a doubt satisfied. Many who showed up, did not stay the entire day. So it was a bit difficult to witness a large crowd at any given moment. However, according to Gary Joseph, CSMS chief fundraiser, the picnic attracted close to one hundred and fifty participants. “I believe we have achieved our objective, both in money that we were able to raise and in publicity. Since our creation, a year ago, there is not a thing we said that we were going to do that we did not accomplish. In CSMS, we believe in keeping our words. Next month, we are launching our first social service hotline. A service that will design to provide preliminary counseling to people in need, before they are turned over to a permanent institution,” said Gary Joseph.The fact that it did not rain at the park, many people believed it was a blessing from God, for it has been raining almost daily since last month. The picnic was dismissed around 6 o’clock with the understanding that something similar to the one last Sunday takes place under the direct guidance of CSMS/CSYF in the near future.