FLINT — When the Back to the Bricks executive committee met to discuss this year’s Grand Marshall, the main topic that kept coming up was, who in our community is deserving of a much needed “thank you” for all they have done in our community through the pandemic?
According to the committee members, it was a very easy decision. This year’s Official Grand Marshall is the honorable Dr. Bobby Mukkamala.
The board of directors all unanimously agreed Mukkamala played a huge role in making the event, and other events in our community, possible to hold. This past year through the unprecedented times, the pandemic, he stepped up, and stepped out of his normal everyday life to truly help others.
His dedication and innovation to create masks with his son in his lab, his educated wisdom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to the governor’s office, lawmakers and physicians statewide was just the beginning.
A statement from the Back to the Bricks executive committee said Mukkamala put his own needs and family’s needs last. He dedicated his time, and still does to make sure vaccines are available for the community.
He supported and encouraged everyone, even led by example for all to get vaccinated, which in turn has lowered the curve, and allowed us to open back up and lower restrictions, the statement went on to say.
“His is a true inspiration to us all. He is a true leader in this community, and one that doesn’t like the limelight, but is very deserving of it,” the statement said. 16
Back to the Bricks asks the community to join in congratulating Mukkamala. He will take part in the ribbon cutting at Factory One in Flint at 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.
Followed by a Rolling Cruise from Factory One to Grand Blanc High School where he will be received by the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce at their “Pit Stop” Cruise In along the cruise route.
Mukkamala will also be at the Saturday Main Event Opening Ceremony as a Special Guest, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. near the GM Statue Plaza in Downtown Flint on Saginaw Street. — G.G.