Fourth Annual “Goodfellas Day” at Murray Lock & Dam to benefit John Cain Foundation, Arkansas Stop the Violence campaign

Fourth Annual “Goodfellas Day” at Murray Lock & Dam to benefit John Cain Foundation, Arkansas Stop the Violence campaign

BCN Staff – May 9, 2022 – Local entrepreneurs and barbershop chain owners Anthony “Matt Dillon” Matthews and Donald Teague are partnering with the John Cain Foundation to sponsor the 4th annual “Goodfellas Day” fundraising event and community festival on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

The summer event, which former Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola proclaimed in June 2018 as an annual celebration with the City of Little Rock’s seal of approval, will be held at Murray Lock & Dam No. 7’s campsite and visitor area in Little Rock here from noon to 5 p.m.

Matthews and Teague, founders of Goodfellas Barbershops and Goodfellas Barber College in Little Rock, said the annual event allows the community to come together to support great causes in a peaceful atmosphere. Attendees at the annual event will also enjoy great food, fun and games, music and entertainment, giveaways, and free haircuts by local Goodfellas barbers and scissor cutters.

“People have come to know the Goodfellas for our signature style and customer-friendly service,” said Matthews, the company’s CEO and co-founder. “As we grow and envision a friendly Goodfellas’ shop in every neighborhood across the U.S., this allows us to give back and share our success with the community.”

Since it was founded in 2008 by the two local entrepreneurs and hair clippers, the Black-owned enterprise has expanded to six locations across central Arkansas and Texas, including its former 24-hours barbershop at 4306 Asher Avenue that is now the company’s name brand barber college.

“Goodfellas has always been active in the community for a decade now with this event, our annual Back to School event, Easter Egg Hunt, and Christmas Toy Drive for disadvantage youth,” said Teague, Goodfellas’ CFO and co-founder. “That goes together with us growing our business after Matt and me worked at (People’s Trust CEO) Arlo Washington’s barbershop in 2007. Now we have our own barbershop chain and college that has graduated over 40 and created over 60 jobs at our locations. We want to be an economic engine for Little Rock, the state of Arkansas, and then we have bigger plans.”

During this weekend’s event at the Murray Lock & Dam’s picnic area, attendees will also be able to donate to two Black-led 501 © 3 charities that benefit the local community. The mission of the Cain Foundation, named after KABF 88.3 FM community radio icon John Cain, is to uplift people of color by providing resources, inspiration, and solutions that promote their well-being; economically, culturally, morally, and spiritually.

The annual event will also benefit Arkansas Stop the Violence, the Little Rock nonprofit led by community activist and minister Rev. Benny Johnson. For more info about Goodfellas Day, call 501-442-9384 or 501-707-7983.


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