It was really a team effort

Thanks to the Board of Directors for the Pontiac Youth Assistance who honored me at their annual breakfast yesterday with a recognition of our efforts in our Christmas Shopping event.  I had no idea and was completely surprised.  It was kind of them.  PYA award

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Officer Metter Rice, friendly Target helper and one of our shoppers.

I felt a little awkward because this event is a team effort–it is far from just me.   There were our sponsors, RGIS, one of the companies located in the City; the Auburn Hills Police Officers Association and Target.  They all gave us generous donations.  And the Auburn Hills Department of Parks and Recreation who let us use their bus to transport kids to the store and back.  There were volunteers who were from the Youth Assistance Board, their friends and families and City Council member VeRonica Mitchell who gave us some time on a snowy winter evening to help kids shop and wrap gifts.  And my excellent partner in this effort, Officer Metter Rice who secured the donations and helped that evening.  The kids were impressed to meet her–because she is an impressive person and she gave them a very positive view of a police officer.  And I want to especially recognize long time volunteer and example-setter Mike Kazyak.  Mike was one of our officers who retired several years ago and STILL attends these events and participates because he believes in the mission and he believes that one never knows what positive action a person can take which will influence a kid’s life forever.

Our whole shopping group including City Council member Veronica Mitchell, Ofc Metter Rice, volunteers from Pontiac Youth Assistance ant our Target hosts

Our whole shopping group including City Council member VeRonica Mitchell, Ofc Metter Rice, volunteers from Pontiac Youth Assistance ant our Target hosts

So I accept on behalf of all of these folks and their dedication to a better community and a better world.

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PYA Board President Melvin Lee, City Council member VeRonica Mitchell and me.