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Park West Gallery Founders Raise “Bail” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Annual Lock-Up Fundraiser

Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up fundraiser

Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie earn their stripes as community leaders by donating to the fight against neuromuscular diseases

Park West Gallery founders Albert and Mitsie Scaglione have been accused, and are set to be convicted, of having big hearts. In participation with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) annual Lock-Up fundraiser, the Scagliones are raising “bail” in support of the fight against neuromuscular diseases. They hope to inspire others to donate to this worthy cause.

On Wednesday, January 30, Mitsie Scaglione will be handcuffed and “locked up” in MDA’s “Maximum Appreciation” mock jail facility. Family, friends and associates must donate a minimum goal of $2,400 in “bail” money in order to guarantee Mitsie’s release.

Her husband Albert Scaglione, CEO and founder of Park West Gallery, has pledged to match the final dollar amount in donations raised by Mitsie.

“It was an honor to be nominated to participate in such a unique and worthwhile event,” said Mitsie Scaglione. “The annual MDA Lock-Up is just one more way that Albert and I are able to give back to our community and to continue our mission of helping those in need.”

To help raise Mitsie’s “bail” in support of the MDA, please visit http://www.mdalockup.org/2013southfieldmi, click “Support a Jailbird” and type Mitsie Scaglione in the search fields. All donations are tax deductible.

About MDA Lock-Up
The Lock-Up is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s premier fundraising program. These high-profile events occur all across the country at various times throughout the year. Business and community leaders agree to be “put behind bars for good,” where they utilize use their vendors, co-workers, family and friends to get donations that will go toward their “bail.” Each Jailbird has weeks to raise their donations. That way, on the day of the Lock-Up event, they can enjoy the Lock-Up experience by networking with other business leaders and meeting with the individuals and families that they’re helping in their community. All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases.

For more information, please visit www.mda.org/lockup.

Park West Foundation Co-Sponsors “Jump Shot Your Future” for Past and Present Foster Care Youth

jump shot your futureThe Park West Foundation – Blue Babies and the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative – ESP teamed up to sponsor “Jump Shot Your Future,” a youth-led and supported program for 14-25 year old men and women who were or still are in foster care. The event was held on Sunday, January 20 from 3 pm – 7 pm at the 5e Gallery, 2661 Michigan Avenue in Detroit.

“This very special event included presentations by a number of participating organizations on what resources and services they have available for those young people who were or still are in foster care,” said Saba Gebrai, Program Director of the Park West Foundation. “The day’s agenda also featured a panel of former foster care youth who discussed their college experiences and the challenges they faced and overcame to graduate.” Participants also enjoyed inspiring messages from local poet Mic Write, as well as refreshments and music, along with all of the helpful resources at the event.

Gebrai also said Michigan Department of Human Services Director, Maura Corrigan, believes “Jump Shot Your Future” will help increase access and success for Michigan’s foster care youth who have a desire to pursue a post-secondary education.

The organizations represented at Sunday’s conference included: Ferris State University, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan Educational Trust, Tuition Incentive Program, Educational Training Voucher Program, Focus Hope Learn & Earn Program, Fostering Success Michigan, Youth in Transition, Michigan Opportunities Initiative-Educational Success Program, Wayne County Educational Planners and Detroit College Promise.

Former and current foster care residents also learned how they can qualify for a $5,000 annual scholarship from the Educational Training Voucher Program. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) a grant of $387,849 to be used Feb. 1, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2015 to support improving outcomes for Michigan youth aging out of the foster care system. The Kellogg grant will specifically support the Education Success Program (ESP) by matching funds that youth save for education expenses. This match will be leveraged with additional MYOI dollars to provide a total three-to-one match for all participants. Funds matched by ESP could go toward tuition, application fees, books, computers, printers, software, study abroad, university activities or campus housing. ESP also supports financial literacy and independent living skills by providing trainings around health, education, employment, housing, and community engagement.

MYOI’s Director of Development, Khadija Walker-Fobbs, says this grant is crucial in supporting the needs of MYOI youth. “We are so excited to work with the Kellogg Foundation on this program. ESP will give youth aging out of foster care the opportunity for post-secondary education that they have never had,” she says. “Only three percent of young people from foster care will earn a college degree and a mere 58% will graduate high school by age 19, compared to 87% nationally. This program will help provide the supports and guidance these young people need to have a successful future.”

Additional event sponsors included the North American International Auto Show, Park West Gallery, Detroit Pistons, ECS Partnership McDonald’s and Big Family of Michigan.

The Park West Foundation (www.parkwestfoundation.org) was formed in 2006 by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, founders and owners of Park West Gallery, to provide a range of services for children and families in the form of foster care, family preservation, family life education, counseling, teen parent services, residential placement and adoption.

For media inquiries and additional information about the Park West Foundation, please contact Saba Gebrai at sgebrai@aol.com or Khadija Walker-Fobbs at (248) 921-8282 or kfobbs@myoifund.org.

This Weekend: In Seventh Heaven – Magic and Music in Motown

Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, have once again come through in a big way for For The Seventh Generation, a nonprofit organization that matches donations of goods and services with needy foster children in the metro Detroit area.

This year, the Scaglione’s Park West Foundation has donated several items for auction at the charity’s yearly fundraiser, In Seventh Heaven – Magic and Music in Motown, which will take place at the Roostertail on June 30.

“The Scagliones have been among our most enthusiastic, most generous supporters since the founding of For The Seventh Generation,” said For The Seventh Generation Executive Director Lorraine Weber. “Thanks to them, we are poised to take off and help more foster children than ever before.”

“The Park West Foundation is very supportive of the Seventh Generation because our aims and goals for the needy children of Michigan follow the same course – to make available their everyday needs of medical, education and overall care they all need so desperately,” said Mitsie Scaglione. “We need more organizations that put the child first, as Seventh Generation has.”

The Scagliones are among several members of metro Detroit’s artistic and music communities who are coming out to support the foster children charity’s annual fundraiser. In addition to the Park West Foundation contributions, In Seventh Heaven will be raffling or auctioning contributions from Kelly Ramsey Photography, Motown memorabilia autographed by the Four Tops’ Duke Abdul Fakir, and two guitars autographed by Kid Rock. The Jill Jack Band, local DJ legend Linda Lexy, and Grammy-nominated local jazz ensemble Straight Ahead are headlining the event, which will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets for In Seventh Heaven – Magic and Music in Motown are $100 per person and are available online through the For The Seventh Generation website at www.fortheseventhgeneration.org. Space is limited; reserve early.

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.

DBusiness Features Beyond Basics Event at Park West Gallery

Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, Park West Gallery, Beyond Basics

Photo: Mitsie and Albert Scaglione, CEO of Park West Gallery, a Beyond Basics event sponsor. Credit: Patrick Gloria/DBusiness

Hoping to make a difference in the lives of children, dozens of metro Detroiters were in attendance last Wednesday evening for the Beyond Basics fundraiser at Park West Gallery in Southfield.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, strolling appetizers and a live auction. Entertainment was provided by a musical performance from the Thirkell Elementary children’s choir. Park West Gallery artist Peter Nixon also made a special appearance.

The event raised significant funding for Beyond Basics, a local organization embracing literacy and the children of Detroit Public Schools.

View the event slideshow at DBusiness.com →

Park West Gallery, located in Southfield, MI, may be available to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations looking for a location to host a party, fundraiser or other event. To learn more, please email pwgcares@parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Gallery Celebrates 42 Years [The Oakland Press]

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Park West Gallery founder’s lifelong mission takes him on 42-year journey

The Oakland Press (July 27, 2010) — Art is inspired by everyday experiences and returns to the people through words painted with a brush.

Park West Gallery in Southfield is celebrating its 42nd anniversary and has been named “The Official Best Art Gallery in Michigan 2011” by the “Official Best Of” travel TV program.

Park West is a family-operated business. Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione is very hands-on and manages the gallery with his wife, Mitsie, and four children, Nicky, Marc, John and Lisa. He attributes the longevity and success of the gallery to hard work and dedication.

Park West Gallery has 23 exhibition galleries and houses art from distinguished artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Anatole Krasnyansky, who designed the outside of Park West Gallery. It also houses art from Michigan artists Dominic Pangborn, Tim Yanke and Marcus Glenn.

Park West Gallery’s Greco-Roman architectural design gracefully leads visitors through its hallways, revealing breathtaking art, including jewelry at every turn. The open exhibit space allows visitors to become lost in another world, intensifying the pleasures of art with simplicity of setting…

Continue reading the full article: “Park West Gallery founder’s lifelong mission takes him on 42-year journey”

Detroit Free Press: ‘Gallery owners aid young adults’

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Park West Gallery CEO and founder Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie were profiled in Sunday’s edition of The Detroit Free Press.

The article, “Gallery owners aid young adults,” was featured in the newspaper’s Giving Back section, which recognizes philanthropy and volunteerism in the business community.

“I have been blessed with good fortune in my life — a successful business, loving family and good friends. As a Christian, who is guided by my faith, I believe I have a moral obligation to help the less fortunate enjoy better and more-fulfilling lives,” Albert Scaglione said.

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> For more information about the Park West Foundation and the Scagliones’ other philanthropic programs, go to www.parkwestgallery.com and click on Philanthropy.

In Seventh Heaven Gala and Auction at Park West Gallery

In Seventh Heaven at Park West Gallery, For the Seventh Generation, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation“If Every Single One of us Helped Just One Child, What Kind of Impact Would That Have?”

Join us for a lavish and fun-filled affair certain to be an evening to remember! On Saturday, May 14, In Seventh Heaven  will feature an evening of delectable food, world-class art, lively spirits and beautiful music set throughout the elegant 63,000 square-foot Park West Gallery. The event will include an auction with works of art donated by Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, in addition to fabulous merchandise, unique services and gift certificates valued over $50,000.   

All proceeds from the auction will benefit For The Seventh Generation, a program of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation. For The Seventh Generation is a community based volunteer program for the special needs of children who are wards of the juvenile court.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
6pm-10pm at Park West Gallery | Get directions »
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Change a Lifetime During National Foster Care Month

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Foundation helps foster care youth

By SABA GEBRAI, Program Director of Park West Foundation

April 19, 2011 (The Oakland Press) — On March 17, 2011, we at Park West Foundation lost a shining star, a Blue Baby, both an athlete and a scholar.

Merceela Faith Pippen, a Mumford graduate, member of Mumford’s “Hoop Squad,” a graduate of Michigan State University and Foster care Alumni, made her transition in Detroit’s Receiving Hospital due to medical complications at age 22.

Since 2006, Park West Foundation, along with many partnering agencies and volunteers, have had the pleasure of supporting, learning and knowing hundreds of youth in and out of care, such as Merceela.

Each year in Michigan, thousands of children remain in the state’s care due to neglect, abuse or and/or absence of a parent. And not all of those children and youth who come into care will have the academic and social success Merceela was able to attain. Normally, the family is where a child will begin to form a cultural, social, religious and other layers of realities that affirm one’s identity. The family is planted in a community due to parent’s obligations such as employment, child’s school, place of worship, doctor’s office, extended family connections etc.

In the absence of a parent, these connections normally established by the adults in a family, are lost and thus, the child.

Specially during May, and everyday there are many ways that good people with an understanding of the privilege of being a part of a child’s life can do to make a difference.

Schools can do more.

Mumford High School should be proud to have been involved in Merceela’s life. The Mumford family served as advocates, an extended family all through high school, specially during events such as the Prom. Five years after graduation, coaches, teammates, a former principal were all represented at Merceela’s funeral. We can learn from Mumford, a perfect example that it takes a village to raise a child. People need to recognize talent in youth and give them an opportunity for meaningful activity and to have their own voice.

Most youth in care are forced to leave childish ways early and have better insight of societal ills and have increased empathy for the plight of other children in need.

Merceela was involved in many projects to give back to other children, including mentoring in the Foster Care Summer Camp of Michigan State University School of Social Work, partly sponsored by Park West Foundation.

Merceela gave back to other children in need through Park West Foundation’s Blue Babies, who are Michigan’s Children that overcame various adversities, but still chose to commit, to lead by example and serve as guardians/advocates of children’s rights. Family support and life-long connections are needed.

Merceela’s family connections, her sisters, brothers and the Neal family’s unconditional love and support added to her stability and consistency contributing to her academic and social success.

During Foster Care Month, Park West Foundation & the Blue Babies encourage all to have faith. Enough to take the first step and have the privilege to be in a child’s life.

Have faith that every little gesture of sincere dedication and consistency makes a big difference.

Have faith that you can inspire a child to reach his or her full potential.

Saba Gebrai is the program officer and Blue Babies director of the Park West Foundation. It was founded by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione of Park West Gallery in 2006 to more effectively address needs of foster care youth aging out of care by supporting innovative, creative and lasting solutions. For more info, visit www.Parkwestfoundation.org or www.saveourchildrencoalition.org for upcoming events.

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