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Greek Fest is one event with many purposes

For 28 years, the International Greek Food Festival has served a lot of gyros and a community as well.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- For 28 years, the International Greek Food Festival has served a lot of gyros and a community as well.

"For the past 28 years throughout the festival, we have given back over a million dollars to local charities and local charities give volunteers," said co-chairperson Wayne Alley.

Lexie Cobb is a member of the non-profit Community Connections. The group offers kids with special needs free activities, like football.

Cobb says she enjoys helping at the festival

"It is very fun. There are people all over the place dancing, jumping, eating, and it is so exciting," said Cobb.

The event is a also way for the group to reach other families.

"When we are out at things like the festival, we run into parents with kids that have down syndrome, autism. They then know about the activities we offer for kids and get involved after the fact," said Community Connections Executive Director Courtney Leach.

Leaders say last year's event didn't go so well because there was rain. But this year, mother nature is cooperating, which is good news for those charities in need.

Planners say they do keep their focus clear.

"Our emphasis is to be a family event, where you see a lot of babies in strollers," said Alley.

For more information on charities that benefit from the fest, click here: http://greekfoodfest.com/
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