MSAA April 2011 Minutes

April 7th, 2011

Those present: Nancy Shore, Moira Branigan, Get Down Town; Sabra Briere, City Council; Caroline King, Conor O’Neills; Chris DeRuyver, Angela Johnson, Affinity Wealth Solutions; Jim Hart, Seyfried Jewelers; Julie Minerd, Salon XL; Rhonda Foxworth, Bank of Ann Arbor; Mark Chappell-Lakin, DC, Live Well Chiropractic Center; Maureen Hawley, La Belle Maison; Mary Morgan, Ann Arbor Chronicle; Alan Friedman, Four Directions; Josephine Nicholas; Will Smith, Champions for Charity; Dan Glazer, Blue Tractor; Maryann Baumann, Comerica Bank; Christine Schopieray, Mayor’s Office; Myra Poplin, Kyle Poplin, The Ann; Tony Derezinski, Ann Arbor City Council; Pippa Creffield, Katherine Lesse, Abracadabra; Nina Juergens, Acme.

In the absence of Tom Murray, Chris DeRuyver (treasurer) facilitated meeting
Greetings and introductions

Kim Kelly, Ronald McDonald House and Lauren Stewart, Mott’s Children’s Hospital;
Event on Main, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House
Each year, Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor welcomes more than 600 families as guests. Families from the U.S., Canada and other countries come to be near their children who are being treated at one of several world-class hospitals her in Ann Arbor. Our House provides a temporary, inexpensive “home away from home” for families.

On June 23rd the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor will be holding a community fundraiser on Main. The money raised from this event will go towards the building of a new House with 348 beds within Mott’s Children’s hospital.

Specifically, Main Street will be closed between Liberty and William. In front of Gratzi there will be a benefit dinner (tickets for sale). The rest of the barricaded area will be filled with kid’s activities, including a bounce house, that are open to the public. The goal of this event is to both raise money and awareness.

Ronald McDonald House would like area businesses and restaurants to get involved in some way to help raise awareness. You can do this by informing your FaceBook fans / customers about the event. Additionally, you could help bring people downtown by offering specials. For more ideas or information contact Kim Kelly:
Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor website:

Mark Hodesh, Downtown Home and Garden; Mark’s Carts
Mark is opening a food cart garden with ethnic street food as a focus. Mark’s Carts will occupy a 2,700-square-foot parcel of vacant land that fronts West Washington Street, behind Downtown Home & Garden. The area will be fenced, landscaped and lighted, and will include seating. Mark’s Carts will open in April and close some time in November.

Nancy Shore, Get Downtown; Commuter Challenge

May is Commuter Challenge month. Get your business involved!! The Commuter Challenge is a great opportunity for your employee’s to win a prize just for trying a new way to get to work. Trying a green commute can help them save money, get healthy and have fun!

All they have to do is try biking, busing, carpooling, etc. ONCE during the month of May and they win a coupon for free Ice Cream from the Washtenaw Dairy or free Italian Ice from Mity Nice!
During the Challenge, your business will compete with other organizations / businesses of similar size for prizes and fame. There’s also daily prize drawings, special events, and much more.
Sabre Briere; Pan Handling Task Force Update
City Council was asked by the Mayor’s Council to start a street outreach task force to address pan handling issues in Ann Arbor. After months of meetings and research the task force has come up with a new campaign, “Have a Heart, Give Smart”. With their $2000 budget the task force is going to print information as part of this campaign to provide to business owners and the public (including pan handlers). This hand out will specifically include; 1) what the laws are regarding pan handling in our city, 2) who to call if you see these laws being violated, and 3) a list of local non-profits who you can donate money to that benefit the homeless, instead of just handing out money to people asking for it on the street.
Important to note, if you as a business owner want to see our beat cops brought back you need to be contacting city council members to let them know. You can do this through a letter or by attending a meeting.
Moonlight Delight is May 6th, we will have entertainment on the street from 7-9pm. We encourage all members to keep their businesses open later than usual and to offer customers incentives to bring people downtown for this festive event.

Taste of Ann Arbor is June 5th. Get your registration in to Maura if you want to participate. Let us know if you want us to FaceBook any incentives.

The Mayor’s Green Fair is June 10th, from 6-9pm Downtown Main Street will be open to pedestrians for free entertainment, food, and over 120 exhibits with environmental information, hands-on activities for youth, Clean Energy Expo, Green Commute Options, BikeFest, WasteKnot Business Partners, walking tours, and more.

Dexter Ann Arbor Run is going to be huge this year with no cut off on the number of runners. If you want to put any coupons or advertisements in their goody bags email Will Smith:

10th Annual Neutral Zone Golf Classic will be happening July 15th at the University of Michigan’s golf course. For more information go to website:

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