Henderson
Henderson

Update: York Day organizers have decided to postpone the event, planned for Saturday, because of rain in the forecast.

The new date is Saturday, Aug. 23. Instead of Penn Park, the location will be Kiwanis Lake.

Reported earlier:
As a young man, Harry Henderson III fell in love with the city of Atlanta and decided to move there.

But he never abandoned his York City roots. Nearly two decades ago, Henderson began hosting a gathering he called "York Day" for fellow Yorkers who'd moved to Atlanta.

"It was almost like a family reunion," Henderson's brother, Dommonick Chatman, said.

Next month, Henderson's friends will host a similar gathering they're also calling York Day to honor the outgoing and well-liked man who died June 1, about six months after being diagnosed with cancer.

He was 46.

"That's going to keep his memory living on here in York," Chatman said.

William Penn grad: Henderson, a member of William Penn Senior High School's 1986 graduating class, "reached out to everybody," said his cousin, Francine Jackson.

"His spirit was always very positive. He was very loving. He was kind," she said.

Henderson worked as an event planner and was a "poet extraordinaire" who enjoyed all types of music, according to his obituary.

A father and grandfather, Henderson believed in family and community, Jackson said.

"We wanted to continue some of the things that Harry stood for," she said. "We thought what better way to continue to honor his memory than to hold our own York Day?"


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The event: York Day, which organizers hope becomes an annual event, is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Penn Park in the city.

The family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature lots of food and musical entertainment, Jackson said.

A giveaway of back-to-school supplies is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eligible students are in grades 1 through 8 who live in York City.

Organizers are currently raising money to fund two scholarships in Henderson's name that will be given to college students from York City.

Jackson said she's hoping to award the scholarships at York Day. The amount of each scholarship will depend on how much is raised, she said.

For more information about the event and the scholarship, visit www.yorkday.weebly.com. You can also email yorkpaday@gmail.com or call Jackson at (717) 814-9425.