Yasmin Young Salutes Darren Raspberry, Today’s Father Friday Honoree!
Dads often don't get the credit or love that they deserve, which is why Yasmin Young of the 2 To 6 Takeover started Father Friday! It's time for the great dads in Buffalo and WNY to get some recognition! Meet our current honoree, Darren Raspberry!
Darren is dad to 2 daughters, Makaila who is 5 and Myla who is 7 months old. He was nominated by Gloria Fontanez, who says "He's always been a remarkable per I've known him for 10 yes and he's a stand up guy when he had his first daughter he made it know there is nothing he wouldn't do for her and when he had his second daughter he picked up a line mans job to be able to provide everything for them both no matter what has transpired in his life he's always kept the focus on making sure his daughters and even my son OK he's a great brother in law and that's why I nominate him."
Clifford is dad to 5 children all over the age of 21 and 4 grandchildren that he plays a big part of raising and supporting, ages 3 , 4, 7, and 14. He was nominated by Robin, who says "I am nominating my husband Clifford for Father Friday. He has 3 children from a previous marriage and we have 2 children, ages 32 and 28. Life wasn't always easy but he always found away to make things happen for his kids, often spending more time traveling to work than at work. He was finally blessed with a good job where he still worked many hours of over time. One of our children had a child at the tender age of 14. He provided care for both of them until our daughter was able to. Due to extenuating circumstances he still takes care of one of his daughters and her 2 kids. He can also take credit for helping raise two god children along the way. All this has its rewards but he did a lot of self sacrificing along the way and never complains." And for that, we salute you Clifford!! Keep up the amazing work as a dad!
Jean was nominated by Lex who says, "Mr. Charelus is a wonderful father! Always raving about his pride and joy Ms. Jeanette Charelus. No matter what he always makes sure his princess is set, never needing for anything. All the way from Miami FL. Jean is here to stay, so he can provide for his beautiful baby. This wonderful father has little to no days off. Jean is one dedicated father!!" We salute you Jean!
Dewayne is dad to 4 children, ages 9, 8, 7 and 3. He was nominated by Stephanie Hayes, who says "I am nominating Dewayne because he is an amazing father to all of our children. He works hard everyday to make sure the have everything they need and more. He makes sure to keep them active in activity's such as dance cheerleading football and dance. He takes time to instill the right things into them such as the importance of hard work and knowledge. He encourages them to be the best and all that they can be. He is an amazing father and I would love for wblk to help me show him how much we appreciate everything that he does for us on a day to day basis." We salute you Dewayne!
Jayme is the father of 4 kids Jaidyn, Jailah, James and a recent addition! His wife LaQonda says, "My husband is the best father I know. Besides putting in countless hours at work every week to make sure his family wants and needs for nothing. With little sleep and no complaints he never misses a beat when it comes to making us feel safe and loved. This dad right here deserves the world handed to him, wrapped in gold!"
David is dad to 2 daughters, ages 13 and 7. He was nominated by Vivian, who said, "I am nominating David Jones Jr. Because he is a great father. He works over 40 hours a week as an engineer at a school as well as continuing to further his education in order to perfect his craft. He is doing all of this to provide a better life for his kids. He loves spending time with his daughters...his favorite things to do with them are watching movies and playing board games. He is awesome." Keep doin' what you do David!
Dondald is dad to 6 kids, 6 kids, 4 biological and 2 step, ages 15, 11, 9, 7 and 3! Ebony, who nominated him said, "He has been holding me and my children down while I study for my nursing boards. He is a great father to all the kids and a great man to me!" Keep doing a great job Donald!
Trey, who is from Niagara Falls, is a hard-working father, who just graduated college. Him and his daughter have the cutest bond!
John Henry is dad to 4 kids, ages 25, 24, 22 and 19! One of his daughters, Sheminah, him to be honored for Father Friday! She says, "I am nominating my father because even though we are grown, my father is still willing to jump and do anything for his four daughters and we love him to death! It's time we go in to show our father how much we appreciate him!" Great job John Henry!
Anthony is the father of 8 kids! He was nominated by his son Austin Watkins, who says "I am nominating this father because he gives all his kids everything. He works 12 hour days to put his children through school, keep clothes on them, and feed them
He also takes care of his father and grandchildren when they are with him. Also, he goes above and beyond for his family. He pushes his children to be the best students, athletes, and people they can be. He is the true definition of a father." Keep up the great work Anthony!
Donald, who was nominated by his daughter Dalanda, was the proud father of 6 children. She said, "I'm nominating my dad because my dad went above and beyond numerous times for us whether his pockets became empty or if he had to do light work to make sure we ate every day and also because he taught us so much to hold on too mentally and physically. I just wanna nominate him to still let him know here or not he's appreciated for all he did and could never be forgotten even though he passed 3 years ago his kids still appreciate him for everything!" Rest easy Donald!