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Shawn C
230 W. Main Street
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the project

Hillsboro Against Racism and Discrimination (HARD) was founded to cultivate awareness of historically marginalized peoples in our rural, Appalachian communities, but sometimes celebration is needed too! On June 17, 2023, we will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration and activating a new public space, Crossroads Park, in Hillsboro, Ohio. This park was previously a vacant lot and this will be the first event in this reimagined space. The family-style cook-out is open to anyone who would like to celebrate with us, and comes complete with face-painting, games, performances, music, and more.  This will be our community's first Juneteenth celebration and support is needed to help it be a huge success. 

the steps

  • Planning: February - May 2023
  • Event: June 17, 2023

why we're doing it

HARD was founded in 2020 after our president, Shawn Captain, organized a Black Lives Matter march through town following the murders of George Floyd, Briana Taylor, and many others to police violence. HARD works to cultivate awareness, share knowledge, promote inclusivity in public institutions, and provide targeted supports for and about historically marginalized communities in rural Appalachia.

Our hope is that through community events, like our Juneteenth Celebration, our community will have an opportunity to celebrate with each other as well as learn more about Juneteenth and the rich, Black history of Hillsboro. The location of our celebration, a former stockyard and until recently an empty lot, has been under utilized by the city of Hillsboro, and is now being reimagined as a park just blocks from the center of town. We are very excited to be the first organization to activate this park space. Through our event we will be highlighting Hillsboro's Lincoln School Marchers, one of the first tests of Brown v Board of Education and longest sustained protests during the Civil Rights Movement. As well as having speakers and performers from Hillsboro's Black community. 






Park Rental 50
Decorations 300
Performers gas 68.45
Insurance 0
Food Stuffs (plates, silverware, etc.) 200
Porta-potty Rental 252
Lawyer fees 200
Tents 0
Stages 300
Cost for performers 500
Food (caterer and drinks) 1000
Total 2870.45


TOTAL RAISED $3,070.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% $153.50
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $46.05




Park Rental 50
Decorations 100
Performers gas 120
Insurance 200
Food Stuffs (plates, silverware, etc.) 200
Porta-potty Rental 200
Lawyer fees 200
Tents 500
Stages 500
Cost for performers 1250
Food (caterer and drinks) 2000
Total 5320




ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $284
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  



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