March  2016

                    Director's Take

Goodbye February, hello March! What an exciting and productive month it has been! Our construction momentum is on FIRE with painting, trim, flooring negotiations and cabinetry installs. We are continually floored by the generosity and hard work our volunteer construction "heroes" put in every single day. As our construction progress quickly moves forward my dedicated team is working diligently to raise funds and secure product and furniture donations for the various areas of our center. The wind is at our backs as we work through the "final phase" planning to transform these empty rooms into the magical space I have envisioned. It is thanks to YOU, our families, donors, and supporters, that any of this is even possible. Please stay tuned for next month's exciting updates and announcements at Play-Place.
Building Constr uction Update

In order to complete the enormous electrical and fixture installations as well as keep the construction progress moving along, we needed a BIG assist with donated ceiling materials. Jasman Construction, MDG Enterprises, ASI Building Products, and Macomb Township Home Depot pulled through! With the help of our ceiling install experts Ron, Bob & Shawn, Play-Place's ceiling system is 90% complete!

Speaking of ceiling tiles, Sprinkler Fitters 704 are hard at work! They have begun to drop the sprinkler heads into our new ceilings for our fire safety system
. Materials were donated by Professional Sprinkler, Ace Sprinkler Co., Wolverine Fire Protection, and Simplex Grinnell. Thank you, you wonderful people! 

IBEW Local 58, NECA, and Ferndale Electric are working hard now that our ceilings are being hung! Electricians are working diligently to get our light fixtures installed and tie up a few loose ends (literally). Woohoo! This is the last big step for our electricians and we are so grateful for their hard work, speed, and dedication to getting their portion of this project done. 

Lifestyles Ceramic Tile, Boston Tile, and Eldorado Tile & Marble Co.  Thank you to our very generous tile donors Lifestyles Ceramic Tile and Boston Tile. We just LOVE our newly renovated bathroom! All we have left to do is to paint, and it is complete! W e would also like to thank  Eldorado Tile & Marble Co.  for installing these beautiful tiles.
What an amazing job they have done! Thank you so very much for transforming this space.  
Glass and Mirror Craft dropped off an incredible donation of safety glass which will be installed throughout the facility. They truly bailed us out on this one because glass is so unbelievably expensive, and they donated enough glass for the entire facility. Thank you so much, guys!  

MUDDERS/TAPERS/DRYWALL FINISHERS NEEDED! If you have experience mudding and taping drywall and would like to help our team at Play-Place, please reply to this email or call us at 586.254.6533. Even if you can only spare an hour or two, we'd love to have you. The only thing missing in V O L  N T E E R is U!
Upcoming Fundraisers

 Autism Awareness Raffle

We are gearing up for our 3rd annual Autism Awareness Raffle! We are planning to make this one the most successful raffle yet. We can only do that with YOUR help. If you are able to donate an item, service, or if you can help us sell our raffle tickets we need YOU.  Simply reply to this email or contact us at 586.254.6533.

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Fundraising News

Crop for a Cause

We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Kristen R. who organized such a unique event for Play-Place at Remember When Scrapbooking on February 6th! Crop for a Cause was a 12 hour scrapbooking dream come true. She had a beautiful selection of raffle prizes, door prizes, and souvenirs. She even had three meals donated for the event! They raised $1,325 for Play-Place! Can you believe it?! We are truly so grateful that Kristen organized this amazing event. She also said she wanted to make this an annual fundraiser for Play-Place. Many thanks to this incredible woman, and all her donors!

Painting With a Purpose

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our first ever Painting with a Purpose fundraiser at Painting with a Twist in Rochester Hills. Our instructor Ashley was amazing, and everyone's paintings turned out beautifully. We raised a total of $545 including personal donations at the event! Shout out to Play-Place Board Member Judi Rosso who joined us for the evening. We had so much fun that we are already planning our next one!

The Local Credit Union

February 29th marks the end of a two month long fundraiser The Local Credit Union has hosted for Play-Place. The amazing team at TLCU worked hard to raise $500 for Play-Place. Their wall of supporters is truly overwhelming, and we are so very grateful for all of the community support! It is absolutely amazing to see how full this wall has become. As always, every Saturday they come out and help feed our construction heroes coffee donuts and other treats. Thank you so much to The Local Credit Union! Stop by and say thank you to these amazing individuals. 

39139 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Recent donations

Styling Chairs
Shout out to Brandy at Luxeva Salon  for donating these awesome styling chairs for our Haircut Hut! We cannot wait to put these two awesome styling chairs to use! Brandy and her team at Luxeva have been loyal ongoing supporters of Play-Place and we are so grateful.

Ceiling Material
Our friend Mike G. of MDG
Enterprises and his son Adam stopped by to drop off a donation of ceiling tile for the facility! He also built our gorgeous Lego Castle, so we appreciate his long-time support and friendship.
Bathroom Tile
Who would think a bathroom remodel could get us excited? But, this one did! We absolutely love it. Thank you to our very generous tile donors Lifestyles Ceramic Tile and Boston Tile. We'd also like to thank  Eldorado Tile & Marble Co.  for installing these beautiful tiles.
Volunteer Shoutout Phi Kappa Sigma
We've become quite the Michigan State fans (Go Green!). The amazing men in Phi Kappa Sigma (Skull House) came in on a Saturday to volunteer. These guys are amazing! They helped paint, moved our fill dirt in preparation for our glass delivery, swept floors, and made us laugh and smile. We are so grateful for Phi Kappa Sigma and all of their hard work. 

Do you own stocks?
At the request of some of our wonderful supporters and donors, Play-Place has opened an online brokerage account with TD Ameritrade. This is so we can accept your stocks and shares in an easy, convenient way as a donation to Play-Place. You will get a tax deduction for this donation as well! (As allowed by law.) Our TD Ameritrade account number is 487051450 and our DTC number is 0188. Call Play-Place at 586.254.6533 with your questions. 

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