PLAY-PLACE INSIDER                             August 2015

Director's Take

Wow, the last full month of summer. Where did the year go? Play-Place has had an event-filled 7 months and the momentum is bursting. With all of the progress, donation contributions, and countless calls from anxiously awaiting families, I've decided to reinstate the newsletter - newly tagged the "Play-Place Insider." We're nearing the finish line and preparing for tours, early membership reservations and our "PREVIEW" Construction party, where we'll ceremoniously knock in the last nail and lift the last paint brush as a kick-off celebration to the grand opening (stay tuned for dates and details). And, as I dust off the fear and uncertainty, and wipe away surrender from my brow, I can't help but think of all the beautiful angels that walked this journey with me - with a donation of crayons or easels for our art room, purchased a raffle ticket, shared some encouraging words, exchanged stories of "living with autism" or simply put in a prayer for Play-Place. My heart swells with sheer gratitude...and THANKS! 


Building Constr uction Update

Boy has this been a journey! Schematics, mechanical, ductwork, studs, permits and my bright ideas. And as the old addage goes, "I'm allowed to scream and I'm allowed to cry, but I'm NOT allowed to give up!" We have come a long way, my friends and the vision is becoming clear and REAL, with kudos to so many wonderful heroes. September is slated for a contractor drywall party, paint party and final millwork installment. While, if I had my druthers, we'd be open by now, I have to truly appreciate the lessons of patience, business & GOD! 
Play-Place on FOX 2

Play-Place had the honor of a recent FOX 2 News feature highlighting our niche mission of "purpose-driven play." It delivered a heartfelt account of "living with autism" and Play-Place's fun-filled no-judgment zone solution. We are very proud of this powerful journalistic piece and  hopeful that it will elevate interest and awareness in the  donor  and family  communities.

Art of Autism Studio Supply Drive

We need your help stocking our Art of Autism Studio with supplies: Paint, paint brushes, crayons, markers, pencils, fabric, paper, rulers ...  you get where I'm going with this.

Back to school sales are in full swing so please pick up an extra item or two while you are out shopping and donate them to Play-Place!

Donations can be dropped off anytime. Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm
41105 Technology Park Dr.
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Fundraising News

Annual Raffle

Our 2015 Autism Awareness Raffle was once again a great success! Due in no small part to our volunteer ticket sellers, we matched last year's fundraising haul. We can't wait to do it again! Whether you partiicipated as a seller or buyer or promoter, THANK YOU!

June & July Bottle Drives
Our June and July bottle drives were our attempt at trying something new -- and it was hugely successful! Because we collected over 7300 bottles and cans in June, we decided to shoot even higher for July: 10,000 bottles and cans. The final tally is 10,322 returnables. We exceeded our goal! Many thanks to our donation restaurants:  Wing Lee Chinese Restaurant,   Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina Jimi's Restaurant Burgrz Khom Fai: Thai Dining Experience Broosky's,  The Island Bar and GrillGator Jake'sFreddy's Bar and Grill and  Pub 1281 .

Band Together For Autism

Please join us for a fun event 
at Freddy's Bar in Clinton Township. There will be live music, great food, a 50-50 raffle, Chinese Raffle,  and it all benefits Play-Place! E vent volunteers needed. Please call 586.254.6533.
Freddy's Bar
40000 Garfield Rd
Clinton Township MI 48038
August 23, 2015 from  12-8pm  
$5 admission

 Play-Place " PREVIEW" Party

Get set for our "PREVIEW" party October 22nd!  A sneak-peek celebration of the Play-Place experience,  including  a construc tion- themed party with s trolling dinner, fine wine and live music. Stay tuned for guest host & celebration highlights announcements.

Recent donations

Les Gilbert 
Thank you to Les Gilbert of E. Gilbert & Sons Construction! Not only has he been an integral part of our build-out, his trailer full of returnables was exactly the push we needed to reach our 10,000 goal for our July bottle drive! 
Motor City Free Geeks 
Motor City Free Geeks has generously donated 5 computers for our registration and administrative areas! What a wonderful donation by a fabulous group of of guys!
Haircut Hut 
Thank you to Brandy of Luxeva Salon for finding these beautiful styling stations for our Haircut Hut. Not only are they a perfect fit but also gives the space a sharp, sleek look. We can't wait to service our Play-Place families!
Calling all Bloggers...
We are looking for passionate parent bloggers to guest write for our Play-Place blog on our website. If you are interested in blogging for Play-Place send us an email at

Office Hours 9am-4pm
41105 Technology Park Dr.  Sterling Heights, MI 48314