Events & Accomplishments
Events for 2022
APCCF was able to purchase 16 STEAM Launchpads for the Allen Park Library for $2880 in September.
Big Time Mulch Purchase
We were able to purchase $7,260 worth of mulch for five (5) parks in the city in September:
Thomas Brand Memorial Park
Harold Duda Park
John Riel Park
Fifth Pizza, Wine & Beer Tasting
We're Back and the Event was a great success. Thanks to everyone who helped and gave. It's nice to be an Allen Parker!
231 Tickets Sold!
At the left are the APCCF Board members who were able to make the event. l to r: Maureen Stauder (Treasurer), Jeannette MacDonald, Jane Spellacy, Edward Wurtzbacher (Event Chair), Amanda Wertz, Kurt Mazag (Board President) and Gail McLeod (Secretary).
This, and following Photos courtesy of Jim Jacek.
Culver's Scoops of Thanks:
On May 5 Culver's held its annual Scoops of Thanks event to benefit APCCF. We, in turn, are dedicating the $300 in proceeds to an account to benefit our local Library.
Kiwanis Kids Day in Duda Park:
On June 4 the Kiwanis Club of Allen Park resumed its annual Kids Day at Duda Park. APCCF had the honor of donating $100 to help the return of the event.
Events for 2021
Community Service Award:
APCCF has been awarded the 2021 Community Service Award from mParks (Michigan Recreation and Park Association. The award was presented by Pat Hawkins (Director, Allen Park Parks and Recreation) at the December 14 City Council Meeting. We are tremendously proud of our relationship with our Parks and Recreation Department.
Even though we were unable to hold our Pizza, Wine & Beer Tasting event, thanks to generous donors we were able to Purchase much needed Basketball Benches for the Community Center.
We earned the 2021 GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency. This is an organizational achievement that helps in promoting APCCF and lets potential grantors see our transparency.
On September 16 we held a Share Night thanks to Culver's. We were able to raise $400, which was contributed to the Communication Board fund.
Events for 2020
Community Center Re-Roofing:
With a lot of hard work by Parks and Recreation and our grant writers we were awarded a $400,000.00 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to re-roof seven of the eight roof sections of the Community Center. Due to warm weather the roof work was completed in the first quarter.
In June we purchased 100 yards of mulch for $1,600.00 for Ginger Bread Park, Pretty Park and Sudman Park. Due to the Pandemic the mulch spread was done by Parks and Recreation personnel.
VOX Books for the Library:
VOX Books are audio-enabled book readers. According to the library the books have been wildly popular since they bought a starter set in 2019. APCCF has purchased 50 additional titles for $2,500.00.
Events for 2019
4th Annual Beer, Wine & Pizza Tasting:
Another successful event in the ice rink of the Community Center on June 20. The Parks and Recreation staff really do great work. We had pizza from around the city, a good selection of craft beers and wines. Also, Silent Auction, Poker Chip and 50/50 raffles. We sold 306 tickets and were able to make $9,234.41. Please see our Sponsors/Partners under the Get Involved dropdown at the top of the page.
Humpty Dumpty Community Build:
On October 16, APCCF volunteers and citizen volunteers assisted Parks and Recreation personnel in erecting a large playscape.
Stop the Bleed:
In association with the APFD, we created a Stop the Bleed program. The program is designed to equip and train people who may be on scene of a traumatic incident prior to the arrival of trained medical personnel. This includes teachers and staff of schools and public offices. APCCF & APFD worked to purchase the supplies (tourniquets, bandages, scissors, etc.) necessary to create the kits for distribution to classrooms and offices throughout the city. APCCF paid for 295 kits at a cost of $5,247.63. Help in assembling the kits was provided by PKSA Karate of Allen Park & the APHS Honor Society. Completed kits were provided to AP Public Schools, St. Frances Cabrini Schools, Rogers Early Elementary School (NAP), Parks & Recreation, City Hall and a number of agencies within the city. Training in kit use will be done by the APFD.
Historical Home Re-roofing:
APCCF pledged $14,000.00 towards re-roofing the Historical Museum at the corner of Park Avenue and Englewood Avenue. The project was completed by Allpoint Construction, an Allen Park business, in October. A ribbon cutting was held on October 16 at which time APCCF presented our check to Allpoint and a Stop the Bleed kit for the Historical Museum.
We were awarded a grant from the Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS for $825.00 to build and install Little Libraries in city parks. Material donations from Allpoint Construction and Sherwin Williams-Outer Drive and construction and painting by the APHS Shop and Art Departments helped to keep costs down. Installation was done by Parks and Recreation. Ribbon Cuttings were held at Thomas Brand (August 13) and Pretty (July 30) Parks.
A program called 'Flip Your Lids For Allen Park' was created within Parks and Recreation. It was designed to take advantage of recycling plastic bottle tops to create park benches. Over the course of the program APCCF helped to collect tops and then purchased a number of the benches. The benches were then set out at various parks. Ribbon Cuttings were held at Thomas Brand (August 13) and Pretty (July 30) Parks.
Pocket Park Grant:
We received a $24,000.00 KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Grant to install concrete games in the Pocket Park on Allen Road in our downtown. Installed were Table Tennis Table, Foosball Table, Chess Table with Stools, Corn Hole Game and a Message Board for Art Display. The Ribbon Cutting was held on August 17 and included representation from the DDA, Chamber of Commerce, the city and APCCF.
In July purchased 200 yards of playground mulch for $3,160.00 to be spread over six parks. They are Thomas Brand Memorial (pictured), Rourke, Pretty Family, Gingham Dog, Briere Rabbit and Champaign.
Events for 2018
3rd Annual Beer, Wine & Pizza Tasting:
With a total of 402 tickets sold we had a very successful event which we held on June 21. Again in the staking rink of the Community Center. As always the Parks and Recreation staff gave outstanding support. We had pizza from around the city, a good selection of craft beers and wines. Also, Silent Auction and 50/50 raffles. We were able to raise $11,516.31. Please see our Sponsors/Partners under the Get Involved dropdown at the top of the page.
On July 25 we purchased 125 yards for $1,968.75 to be spread over a number of city parks.
Events for 2017
Champaign Park Community Build:
During June 7-9 volunteers from Baker College, Lowes, APCCF and citizens like you were able to erect this playscape.
2nd Annual Beer, Wine & Pizza Tasting:
A very successful event which was held, again, in the skating rink of the Community Center on June 15th. Parks and Recreation staff were great. We had pizza from around the city, a good selection of craft beers and wines. Also, Silent Auction and 50/50 raffles. There were 392 tickets sold and this event raised $12,616.74 . Please see our Sponsors/Partners under the Get Involved dropdown at the top of the page.
Mulch Spread Over Nine Parks:
Including Thomas Brand Memorial, Brier Rabbit, Ginger Bread, Gingham Dog, Hansel & Gretel, Humpty Dumpty, Pretty Family Park, John Riel Memorial and Sugar Plum. APCCF purchased 200 cubic yards of mulch for $3,156.25. Parks and Recreation took the mulch to the parks on June 9 and the APHS Football Team joined APCCF to spread the mulch.
Events for 2016
Boccabella Park Build:
Volunteers from our citizenry, Lowes and APCCF joined Parks and Recreation personnel to erect the Playscape on June 30 and July 1.
Duda Park Paint Project:
On October 19 APCCF joined the Kiwanis in repainting tables, benches and other playground equipment in the park.
1st Annual Beer, Wine & Pizza Tasting:
It was held on July 14 inside the skating rink in the Community Center (no ice) and it turned out great. Thank you Parks and Recreation staff. We had pizza from around the city, a good selection of craft beers and wines. Also, Silent Auction and 50/50 raffles. We had 293 tickets sold and were able to raise over $9,711.83 for our fledgling outfit. Please see our Sponsors/Partners under the Get Involved dropdown at the top of the page.
Millward Park Mulch & Border:
APCCF and Parks and Recreation personnel spread the mulch on October 14 for the Playscape. APCCF then purchased the black border for $2809.00 on November 14.