Category Archives: Philanthropy

The Oakland Press: Auburn Hills Family Receives Habitat for Humanity Home in Waterford

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THE OAKLAND PRESS (June 21, 2013) — An Auburn Hills family will leave their trailer Saturday and drive over to Waterford to receive keys to their newly refurbished Habitat for Humanity home.

“They are so excited and cannot get wait to get out of where they are and into this beautiful new home,” said Stephanie Osterland, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s director of family and community relationships.

Park West Gallery of Southfield is presenting a large artwork created by artist Tim Yanke to the Meffords for their new home.

Gallery owners plan to donate a piece of art to all 2013 Oakland County Habitat homes, said gallery officials.

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DBusiness: Park West Gallery Partners with Habitat for Humanity

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DBUSINESS (June 18, 2013) — When the Mefford family receives the keys to their new home on Saturday, they will also be the first Habitat partner family to receive a vibrant painting by Tim Yanke from the latest in a long line of corporate partners, Park West Gallery in Southfield.

“Park West Gallery exemplifies the many corporate and community partnerships that Habitat for Humanity depends on to serve the community and help Oakland County families achieve safe and affordable housing,” says Tim Ruggles, executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County. “It is heartwarming and exhilarating to see the diversity of corporate partners who donate their resources, time and talent to help us achieve Habitat’s mission.”

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Park West Gallery Sponsors New York Neo-Pop Artist Leslie Lew to Conduct Free Art Workshops for Detroit Area Children

Lew’s children’s book “Buki’s Garden” teaches a life lesson that diversity should be celebrated

Southfield, Mich. — New York-based Park West Gallery artist, Leslie Lew, will visit the Detroit area June 17 – 20 to conduct a series of free art education workshops at a wide variety of children’s centers in metro Detroit. Lew, a renowned American neo-pop artist, uses “Buki’s Garden,” a story she wrote and illustrated, to tell the tale of a not so attractive kitty who shows that being different can have its advantages.

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Lew’s “Buki’s Garden Workshop” was made possible by a grant she received in 2004 from the New York Arts Council for the purpose of helping artists enrich the quality of life in their various communities.

The object lesson of “Buki’s Garden” is to teach children of all ages that being different is nothing to be ashamed of, since we are all different in many ways. The message Lew seeks to impart on children is that differences among people, even those in the animal kingdom, are a natural part of life. She highlights the fact that diversity, on all levels, enhances rather than detracts from who we are as human beings.

Lew begins her workshops by reading the story of “Buki,” after which the children are given an opportunity to discuss the book, comment on what they’ve learned and encouraged to ask questions. Lew then uses her own special touch to transform the painting portion of her workshops into a magical moment her young artists will cherish for the rest of their lives. Every child is given their own 3-D version of “Buki” which Lew has mounted on white canvas board outlined in black. The kids are given an assortment of colors with which to paint their own versions of “Buki” and turned loose to express their own unique creativity.

“Leslie is not only an extraordinarily gifted artist, but a person of enormous charity and goodwill who utilizes her talents to enrich the lives of others and instill in them an appreciation and love for art,” said Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery.

Lew works in sculpted oil, utilizing sculpturally rich swirls of vivid color to capture on canvas the essence of whatever image she is creating and bringing it to life. Lew has exhibited her art at museums and galleries throughout the United States and across the world including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Sofia, Bulgaria.

“It gives me great joy and a sense of personal fulfillment to be able to introduce young children to the amazing world of art, and teach them that painting can be fun,” Lew said. “Who knows? Maybe some of these children will one day become artists, or at least use the medium as a recreational outlet.”

Leslie Lew’s “Buki’s Garden Workshops” will be held at the following locations the week of June 17 – 20, with dates and times included:

Monday, June 17 at Little Oaks Child Care Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac from 10 am to noon (two separate groups); Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien in Detroit from 2 to 3 pm

Tuesday, June 18 at Children’s Village, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac from 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Grace Centers of Hope, 35 E. Huron Street in Pontiac from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 19 at HOPE Center for Children, 1550 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit from 9:30 to 11:30 am (two separate groups)

Thursday, June 20 at Missionary Baptist Church, 143 Oneida Street in Pontiac from 3 to 4 pm

Press contact: For media inquiries only, please contact Bob Dustman at (248)-568-2925 or bob.dustman@gmail.com.

C & G News: Group assists young adults who age out of foster care

C&G NewspapersMay 30, 2013 — For many, the plight of foster children is something unseen, handled by the state while those fortunate enough to have families go about their lives.

But what happens when those in foster care age out of the system and suddenly find themselves out of sight, out of mind for the state, as well?

There are more than 14,000 children in foster care through Michigan’s Department of Human Services. More than 40 percent of that number is in the tri-county area, the majority in Wayne County.

Looming over each of their heads is the date they no longer receive assistance from the state, usually around age 21. That’s when they will be left to fend for themselves, with no family to turn to for guidance or support.

Life after high school is a source of great anxiety for these children, who already suffer acute feelings of abandonment. Any sense of stability is fleeting as they move from one place to another. And their caseworkers don’t always have the time to drive them to school or make sure they have the right supplies, much less play the role of a parent.

Recognizing the difficulty of this situation, the Park West Foundation formed in 2006 with the express purpose of aiding such individuals. Since then, it has assisted more than 500 young adults with matters of finance, clothing, housing, education and employment. Their focus was originally women, but now they also assist men aging out of foster care.

They also collaborate with a number of organizations to provide support services, such as crisis response, prevention and intervention; family preservation and life skills; teen parenting; and even worship opportunities through Life Directions, a program that provides exposure to different views of spirituality.

Without groups like the Park West Foundation, “Some would age out straight to the streets, and they’re the most likely to get in trouble and wind up in prison, since no one is caring for them or watching for them,” said Saba Gebrai, director of the Park West Foundation. “There is no stability or career path, no parents explaining what to do…”

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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

May is National Foster Care Month

WJR, Paul W. Smith, Park West GalleryDid you know? May is designated as National Foster Care Month. The annual campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of youth in the foster care system and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved. Today, the campaign spotlights the importance of permanency for the more than 380,000 children under 18 in foster care.

Saba Gebrai, director of the Park West Foundation, recently spoke to WJR Radio’s “The Big Story” to address the issues of foster care in metro Detroit. The Park West Foundation was established in 2006 by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, the founders of the Park West Gallery.

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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Park West Foundation Director on WXYZ-TV Channel 7′s “Spotlight on the News”

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Now in its 48th season, Channel 7’s “Spotlight on the News” is Michigan’s longest running weekly news and public affairs program. Saba Gebrai, Director of the Park West Foundation, was featured on last Sunday’s program. Gebrai spoke to host Chuck Stokes about steps being taken to improve the success rate for foster care youth in Southeast Michigan.

Watch: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/political/spotlight_on_the_news/spotlight-on-the-news-race-for-the-cure–adoption#ixzz2SWECVmFy

For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

19th Annual Gala Art Auction Raises Funds for FCCA Foundation

The 19th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Gala was held on March 13, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Dozens of the cruise industry’s top executives, CEOs and presidents were all attendance at this premier social event, held during the week of Cruise Shipping Miami.

The Gala’s festivities included a silent art auction composed of a magnificent collection donated by Park West Gallery. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the Gala and art auction will benefit the nonprofit FCCA Foundation. Created in 1993, the Foundation funds humanitarian causes in the Caribbean and Latin America.

For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Michigan Chronicle: Park West Foundation Helps Youth Transition Out of Foster Care

The Michigan Chronicle logo, Park West GalleryPark West Foundation Helps Youth Transition Out of Foster Care

March 15, 2013 — Since 2006, the nonprofit Park West Foundation has helped more than 350 young women and men in the foster care system transition into the “real world.”

According to Program Director Saba Gebrai, the organization partners with the Department of Human Services and contracted agencies that are directly serving young people in foster care, as well as those who are aging out.

Among the services the Park West Foundation provides are helping these youth with housing, transportation, jobs, and clothing. It also provides them with tuition assistance for college.

Gebrai said the foundation was established by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, the founders of the Park West Gallery in Southfield…

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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.