Focus: HOPE to Build a One-of-a-Kind Park in Detroit

PricewaterhouseCoopers leads in project facilitation, fund raising



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Focus: HOPE

    DETROIT, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Focus: HOPE will begin construction this
 August on a most unique, two-acre neighborhood park in the city of Detroit.
 Focus: HOPE Park -- the people's park -- will be located on Oakman Boulevard
 near 14th Street, and will provide a natural, pristine setting in a busy,
 urban environment.
     Plans for Focus: HOPE Park include a series of themed gardens.  Each of
 these gardens will contain trees and plants not commonly found in Michigan.
 The park will include a Water Garden (with falling water and a stream);
 Children's Garden; Butterfly Garden; Japanese Garden; and Woodland Garden.
 It will feature walking pathways; a performance stage and cafe; and outdoor
 seating.  Focus: HOPE will maintain the area.
     Focus: HOPE's co-founder -- the late Father William T. Cunningham -- will
 be honored in Focus: HOPE Park, as his likeness will be sculpted in stone,
 along with the organization's mission statement.
     "After the loss of Father Cunningham and the tornado in 1997, so many
 people came out to share their love and help to rebuild Focus: HOPE and the
 neighborhood," said Executive Director Eleanor Josaitis.  "I was so moved by
 the generosity of so many people, I wanted to give something back to the
 community -- a special place to relax, to reflect and interact with nature and
 one another.  The park will strengthen the community."
     The $175,000 outdoor area is the design of Tom McMahon of Mystical
 Gardens.  PricewaterhouseCoopers, who donated $10,000 toward the project, has
 been key in planning and fund-raising efforts.  To date, $62,000 has been
 raised.  Major supporters include:
 
      $10,000                    $1,000 - $4,000
      Mr. Larry Mackle           Mr. David Haas
                                 Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
      $5,000                     Mr. Joseph Murphy
      Mr. Dennis Baltzley        Ellis Don Company
      Ernst & Young              Mr. James Nicholson
      Isiah Thomas Foundation    Ms. Catherine Anthony
      Masco Trust                Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hennessey
                                 Mr. Roger Orders
                                 Wolverine Packing Company
 
     Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization
 in Detroit.  It was founded in 1968 after the city's devastating 1967 riots by
 Executive Director Eleanor Josaitis and the late Father William T. Cunningham
 (1930-1997).  The organization is known for the practical and intelligent
 action it has taken to solve the problems of racism, poverty and injustice.
 Its career training and education programs, The Centers of Opportunity, have
 helped thousands access the economic mainstream.  Its Commodity Supplemental
 Food Program provides food to 43,000 seniors, mothers and children every
 month.  And in addition, the organization offers Montessori-based child care;
 business conference facilities; community arts projects; and other outreach
 activities.  For more information, turn to the website at: www.focushope.edu
     To donate to the Focus: HOPE Park project, contact Jody Carlson at
 313-494-4370, contributions@focushope.edu
 
 

SOURCE Focus: HOPE
    DETROIT, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Focus: HOPE will begin construction this
 August on a most unique, two-acre neighborhood park in the city of Detroit.
 Focus: HOPE Park -- the people's park -- will be located on Oakman Boulevard
 near 14th Street, and will provide a natural, pristine setting in a busy,
 urban environment.
     Plans for Focus: HOPE Park include a series of themed gardens.  Each of
 these gardens will contain trees and plants not commonly found in Michigan.
 The park will include a Water Garden (with falling water and a stream);
 Children's Garden; Butterfly Garden; Japanese Garden; and Woodland Garden.
 It will feature walking pathways; a performance stage and cafe; and outdoor
 seating.  Focus: HOPE will maintain the area.
     Focus: HOPE's co-founder -- the late Father William T. Cunningham -- will
 be honored in Focus: HOPE Park, as his likeness will be sculpted in stone,
 along with the organization's mission statement.
     "After the loss of Father Cunningham and the tornado in 1997, so many
 people came out to share their love and help to rebuild Focus: HOPE and the
 neighborhood," said Executive Director Eleanor Josaitis.  "I was so moved by
 the generosity of so many people, I wanted to give something back to the
 community -- a special place to relax, to reflect and interact with nature and
 one another.  The park will strengthen the community."
     The $175,000 outdoor area is the design of Tom McMahon of Mystical
 Gardens.  PricewaterhouseCoopers, who donated $10,000 toward the project, has
 been key in planning and fund-raising efforts.  To date, $62,000 has been
 raised.  Major supporters include:
 
      $10,000                    $1,000 - $4,000
      Mr. Larry Mackle           Mr. David Haas
                                 Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
      $5,000                     Mr. Joseph Murphy
      Mr. Dennis Baltzley        Ellis Don Company
      Ernst & Young              Mr. James Nicholson
      Isiah Thomas Foundation    Ms. Catherine Anthony
      Masco Trust                Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hennessey
                                 Mr. Roger Orders
                                 Wolverine Packing Company
 
     Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization
 in Detroit.  It was founded in 1968 after the city's devastating 1967 riots by
 Executive Director Eleanor Josaitis and the late Father William T. Cunningham
 (1930-1997).  The organization is known for the practical and intelligent
 action it has taken to solve the problems of racism, poverty and injustice.
 Its career training and education programs, The Centers of Opportunity, have
 helped thousands access the economic mainstream.  Its Commodity Supplemental
 Food Program provides food to 43,000 seniors, mothers and children every
 month.  And in addition, the organization offers Montessori-based child care;
 business conference facilities; community arts projects; and other outreach
 activities.  For more information, turn to the website at: www.focushope.edu
     To donate to the Focus: HOPE Park project, contact Jody Carlson at
 313-494-4370, contributions@focushope.edu
 
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