RPD and RFD join local restaurant to celebrate holiday with community

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Taste of the Bahamas restaurant, along with the Charlotte Business Association, Inc. hosted a free community celebration on Sunday. There was food, music, and games, as well as a visit from The Grinch, at the The Roger Robach Community Center in Charlotte.

Hundreds of people came to eat, listen to live music, and celebrate the season. Rochester police and firefighters were also there serving food and interacting with the community.

This is the sixth year that Taste of the Bahamas has put on the event, and the second year it was held at the Robach Center. TOTB owners, Gotti Perry and Jamal Roker, started having the holiday party at their restaurant on Lake Avenue, until they moved it to the Robach Center last year. They pay for the community celebration themselves: They make and donate all the food, as well as providing the decorations and entertainment.

When asked why they do this every year, Perry said that the community needs it. “There are people who don’t have a a place to go to on the holidays. We don’t know what people are going through, and we want everyone in the community to feel that they have a Christmas party to go to. Everyone deserves some holiday cheer.”

Pictures from the event below.