May - June - The Parade Company

May - June - The Parade Company
Clownie Connection
                                  The Parade Company Volunteer Newsletter

                                                                            May/June 2019   Issue #3

                                                            JOIN US!
                                                 VOLUNTEER SUMMER
                                                KICKOFF EVENT & BBQ
                                               Saturday, July 27, 10:30 AM
                                                      TPC Studio
 Volunteer sign up for            On Saturday, July 27, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, join us at
 The Parade will begin
     September 4.                 The Parade Company Studio as we kickoff the
  Watch your email!               summer float build season!

                                  Help with float washing, building, painting; or pull up a
    Clownie Call Out!!
                                  chair and help with sewing in the costume department.

                                  We will have food, beverages, fun raffles, and lots of
                                  laughs. Plus, Arlene will be selling vintage costumes
                                  starting at $5!!!
                                  Friends and family are welcome to join (remember
                                  volunteers must be 16 years old to volunteer)!
   If you've ever dreamed of
becoming our beloved mascot,      To RSVP, go to:
 Clownie, here's your chance!     to-summer-registration-35545740266
We are in need of volunteers to
  wear the Clownie mascot
costume and represent TPC at
events during Parade season.
      If you are interested,
           please email
  You'll need to come to the
Studio to be fitted and receive

       In T his Issue
       Sum m er Kick-off!

      Cruise in Shoes 5K
      Volunteer Spotlight                                 Summer Kickoff 2018

   Thanks from the Rooftop!
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6 AM - 10:30 AM
             Course Marshals Needed!
To sign up:
Log on to Volgistics:

    Click "Sign Up" on the Home page.
    Go to the volunteer calendar and click "Help
    Wanted" on the August 17 date.

If you have not joined Volgistics yet, you can sign up
by sending an email to
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Dee w a s a Floa t Spot t er a t t h e
       Pa r a de in 2 0 1 6 .

                                                        DEAIDRE (DEE) JONES
                                                    Age: 46 years old (but my virtual age is 30...LOL)
                                            Occupation: Librarian in the Music, Arts, & Literature Department
                                                               at the Detroit Public Library

                                         It takes hundreds of skilled, dedicated and big-hearted
                                         volunteers to help The Parade Company (TPC) successfully do
                                         what we do year-after-year. This issue, we are shining the
Dee w or k in g on H en r y For d in
   t h e A r t St u dio in 2 0 1 3 .
                                         spotlight on one of those incredible volunteers: the always
                                         effervescent and energetic Dee Jones.
                                         Anyone who has ever met Dee knows that she is adventurous
                                         and willing to try anything once.
                                         Her volunteer service at TPC is no exception - she's
                                         volunteered for just about everything!
                                         "I have been a banner carrier, balloon handler, float spotter,
                                         float driver, tour guide, float host, and last year I wore a Big
                                         Head (Rosa Parks) in the Parade," says Dee. "I have
                                         volunteered for special events such as the Auto Show, Ford
                                         Fireworks, several 5K walks, and Hob Nobble Gobble
                                         presented by Ford. I also have helped clean and paint floats."
                                         The only thing Dee hasn't tried yet is joining the Distinguished
                                         Clown Corps (DCC) ... but give her time, and she'll probably
                                         add that to her bucket list.
                                         Dee donates over 80 service hours each year while working a
                                         full-time job and being a super mom to eight adult children.
 Dee a t t h e 2 0 1 9 V olu n t eer
      T h a n k Y ou Pa r t y            Did I mention that she's also a published author?
                                         It takes real talent to wear so many hats and to wear them so
                                         well. We so appreciate Dee and all she does for our
                                         organization. Enjoy the following Q & A with one of TPC's
                                         super volunteers!
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Q: How long have you been a volunteer with TPC?
                                             A: I have been a TPC volunteer for almost eight years.

                                             Q: How did you get involved with TPC?
                                             A: I got involved with TPC because my child was in the Parade
                                             performing with the Detroit Public School All City High School
                                             Marching Band. My other children wanted to get involved as
                                             well but were minors and could only do so if I was in the
                                             Parade with them, so my youngest son signed us up to

                                             Q: Are you from Michigan? Did you grow up watching
                                             the Parade?
    Dee a t H ob Nobble Gobble               A: I am a native Michigander as well as a native Detroiter. I
   pr esen t ed by For d in 2 0 1 7
                                             was born, bred, and educated within city limits. I indeed grew
                                             up watching the parade and got a chance to see the Parade in
                                             person a couple of times. When I became a parent, I made
                                             coming down to the Parade a yearly family tradition.

                                             Q: What is your favorite volunteer position?
                                             A: My favorite position is a tour guide. I really love seeing the
                                             faces of people when they walk into Studio A then realize how
                                             larger than life our beautiful floats are. I like it when our more
                                             mature guests share stories of Parades past. I love it when the
                                             Brownie troops recognize something during the tour from
                                             watching the Parade on TV or online. Tour guides get the
                                             honor of highlighting how wonderful the Parade is and how
                                             many dedicated employees and volunteers work very hard to
                                             bring the Parade to life.

                                             Q: What is your favorite TPC event?
                                             A: My favorite TPC event is the Hob Nobble Gobble presented
                                             by Ford! I have had the pleasure of volunteering and
Dee w a s a Ba n n er Ca r r ier a t t h e   participating in this glorious event. You get a mini-parade, a
          Pa r a de in 2 0 1 2
                                             carnival, great food, and concerts all in one night. You just can't
                                             beat that anywhere.

                                             Q: Best volunteer memory?
                                             A: My best volunteer memory has to be when I got the
                                             opportunity to dress up like an elf and dance with the WDIV
                                             Channel 4 News anchors for Christmas in July at the TV
                                             station. My mother didn't know I was there; she thought I was
                                             at work that day. When the show aired live on TV, she called
                                             my phone nonstop to tell me that there was a girl on television
                                             that looked just like me! I told her that it was me and she
                                             couldn't believe it. I told my boss that I had very "important
                                             business" to attend to and needed the day off. Who knew that
                                             he watched "Live in the D" during his break! When he inquired
                                             about my business when I returned to work the next day, I told
                                             him that I was helping Santa out.
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Q: Do you have any kids?
                                       A: I have six biological children and two additional children
                                       through marriage. Total is five boys and three girls, ages 21-28.
                                       I also have a grandson and a granddaughter who are one-year-

                                       Q: Do your kids volunteer?
                                       A: Most of my children have volunteered for TPC. They were
                                       banner carriers, clown helpers, and costume fitters. They
                                       volunteered with me when they were teenagers and have now
Dee clow n in g a r ou n d a t t h e   come back as adults to volunteer when they are on break from
            St u dio                   college.

                                       Q: Why do you volunteer?
                                       A: I volunteer because I enjoy giving back to the community.
                                       What better way to give back than to put smiles on people's
                                       faces? We are all from very diverse backgrounds with the
                                       common goal of wanting to have fun and enjoy a holiday
                                       centered around being thankful.

                                       Q: Favorite song?
                                       A: My favorite song is Overjoyed by Motown's own Stevie

                                       Q: Favorite place to eat:
                                       A: Sweet Potato Sensations!! They have the best sweet potato
                                       waffles and fried chicken. Yum!

                                       Q: Something cool about you that few know ...
                                       A: I like to take long rides with my husband on his motorcycle.
                                       It feels great to feel the wind in my hair and just for a few
                                       moments be fun and carefree. I am a published author of
                                       several adult and children's books. I also sing in the
                                       Detroit Public Library Community Choir.

                                       Q: Have you ever sang while volunteering?
                                       A: Yes! I've sung for a few of our special needs guests during
                                       their studio tour, and they loved it!

                                       Q: What other causes organizations do you support?
                                       A: I am passionate about literacy, domestic violence
                                       prevention, church, and local cultural events. I volunteer for
                                       the Detroit Jazz Festival, church, I have independently helped
                                       scores of students navigate the financial aid process, prepare
                                       for the G.E.D., and improve reading skills. I have also
                                       volunteered for Think Detroit Pal, Detroit Public Schools, and
                                       other local charter schools.
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Q: Have you won any awards or received recognition
for community service or other talents?
A: I won many volunteer awards in the past. One that I am
especially proud of is when I won a contest for banner design
during the cheerleading competition at Think Detroit Pal more
than 10 years ago.

Q: Best place you've traveled ...
A: The best place that I have visited was the National Museum
of African American History and Culture. That was by far the
best museum that I have ever been to from the interactive
displays, the virtual car rides, and wonderful exhibitions
throughout. We were there for several hours and were not able
to get through half of the museum. I will definitely return
because there is so much to learn and see.
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                         July 25, 5:30 PM
                   Jimmy Johns Stadium Utica
We need more volunteers to wear papier-mâché heads (Big Heads)
for the Big Heads & Baseball event on Thursday, July 25.
Volunteers will pose for photos, hand out giveaways and brochures.
We will also have a parade around the baseball field!!
If you can help, let us know!! Sign up on Volgistics or send an email

      SIGN UP TODAY!                    Detroit Metro Convention &
                                              Visitors Bureau
                                       Big Heads & Handlers Needed!
                                                Port Detroit
                                             130 E Atwater St

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is scheduling a
series of welcome events for the cruise ships that enter into the
Port of Detroit now through the fall. We are in need of volunteers to
wear the Big Heads or serve as Handlers for each event. The
volunteers will welcome guests and take photos between 8:00 AM
and 10:30 AM. See the schedule below for dates.
We Depend on YOU! Please do not sign up unless you know for sure that
you can make it.


If you can help, please sign up on Volgistics If you have not
joined Volgistics yet, you can sign up by sending an email
Volunteer Job Descriptions:
            In order to volunteer to be a Big Head, you must be able to wear
            one of our paper mache heads. If this is your first time wearing a
            head, you will need to come to our studio and try on the heads
            before the event.
            In order to sign up as a Handler, you must be able to lift about 10-
            20lbs because you'll be helping your assigned Big Head put on
            their head and costume. You will also assist with photo ops.
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MAY                       JUNE                        JULY
Margaret Antushevich            Karen Abella                  Gul Ahmed
    Lavette Benson               Raina Aiello                Mesha Allen
      Linda Bigger             Robb Albrecht
                                                              Brian Alvin
  Cynthia Blackburn            Tara Alexander
  Margaret Boussum              Ryan Anklam              Beatrice Anderson
       Jim Boylan               Steven Avery               Beverly Atkins
      Gwen Britton             Jennifer Bairley            Rhonda Bailey
   Shekinah Brown            Sharon Bastianelli             Karen Bango
      Doug Burton               Irene Bialczak
                                                            Raquel Banks
      Sheila Butler              Viola Bryant
    Philip Campbell            Dalton Burleigh                 Jill Baran
April Campbell-Williams        Cherish Calleja               Leila Barrett
     Nancy Cataldo            Suzanne Cantrell              Renee Bradley
     Ralph Cheney                 Ellen Carter           Waheeda Brandon
    Jeffrey Coleman            Michael Caruso
                                                          Dorothy Brennan
    Kendria Cooper            Janette Cavender
      Jennifer Dale            Nancy Cepeda                  Sarah Bryant
      Susan Daron              William Chilton             George Burgess
        CC Davis              Melody Coleman                Kay Burhans
  Jacqueline Demmer             Sandra Curtis               Tracey Burton
   Emoni Dickerson               Karen Davis
                                                       Pamela Burton Johnson
   Mary Clare Duran               Eric Decker
      Elayne Elliott           Maria Dekimpe                Ebony Carson
     Reuben Ellman           Timothy D. Deuby                 Ken Chavis
       Kyley Fleck             Shalonda Dunn             Darlene Chivinsky
   Annalisa Fleming           Kimberly Durden               Rachel Collier
     Tracy Fletcher               Tori Duvall
                                                         Kathleen Copeland
     Ricky Flowers              Tonie Forbes
       Jordan Foz               Parish Frazier               Jena Crafton
      Sandy Gabel              Sandra French               Diane Czaplicki
     Tonya Garrette             Carrie Gardner            Robert Czaplicki
  Suzanne Goldstein          Thereatha Gaskins             Valencia Daniel
    Jonas Goodwin                 Cora Glenn
                                                           Tamara Davies
 Courtney Hammerle               Isaiah Grant
    Deborah Harris              Randy Grieser               Nikishia Davis
       Ilene Harris              James Gruda                  Larry Dean
   Patricia Harrison          Stephen Hackett            Mary Kay DeMayo
     Kelsey Hatley               Lynn Herrick            Michael Dingeldey
     Shardae Heard          Barbara Hines-Sturr
                                                          Gabrielle Dowdell
      Rose Hepner               Stacey Hinkle
    Christine Hood              Alicia Hodge               Shanee Elerson
       Kristin Hoy             Terri Holderith               Mark Ellena
     Vivian Hunter              Ericka Howell              Ann Marie Ellis
      Laurie Janick         Kelley Hunter-Carey               David Ellis
        Kai Jones                Mae Ingram
                                                                E Essak
     Janice Justice           Sharond Jakubus
       Peggy Kerr         Timika Jefferson-Franklin          Steve Ferrier
      Angela Kirby           Rayvonte Johnson               Kevin Gorman
    Shirley Ledford          Stefanie Karadian            Daniel Haggerty
       Norm Levy               Amy Kauffman           Cynthia L Heldt-Kitowski
 Kristin Lewandowski          Sherrie Killebrew
                                                          Kimberly Hoover
      Duvall Lewis             Eugenia Killian
       Mary Lewis            Jeffrey Kingsbury              Anton Horton
     Charma Lovett             Heidi Kreindler            Feana Humphrey
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MAY                    JUNE                    JULY
   Kevin Machus               Amy Long                John Hunt
     Lisa Martin            Peggy Losey
                                                     Jordan Hunt
  Gloria Mccollum              Pat Lutz
      Beth Mehr          Rolanda Massey          Michelle Jackson
  Linda Merkerson         Ursula McCray            James Jensen
  Michelle Morton          Pat McDonald            Kathleen Jezak
Laurie Muellenhagen       Harvey Miotke           Melissa Kaspari
     Kathy Niver         Barbara Mitchell
                                                   Nancy Kayne
   Earnett Nolden           Marie Morris
Tammala Paige-Wigg        Sherry Morton            Marilyn Kiefer
     Gloria Petty           Venus Moses           Suemarie Klimek
     Debra Poole            Patti Mueller            Karen Knox
    Evelyn Powell            Kim Naglich              Tom Laabs
  Madona Rascoe             Kathy Nathan
                                                      Julie Lazarz
    Yvonne Reed             Bianca Nistor
     Jillian Rhind           Leslie Pertz         Denise Leonard
 Matthew Rodeman           Susan Piccirilli            Bill Love
  Teresa Rodriguez        Dawn Rapaport            Christee Love
     Penny Ropp             Loren Rascoe              Rick Mabe
    Donna Rubin           Debbie Reeves
                                                  Michael Marsh
     John Scotto           Darlene Rivers
   Wendy Seaton        LeShauna Robinson         Evelyn McClellan
     Dana Sharpe         Joanne Rodeman         Payton McComsey
    Sylvia Sharpe         Lindie Rudover         Teresa McGuckin
  Deshonda Shorts            Azalea Saba          Jamie Meadows
   Matthew Silski        Kathleen Schmidt
                                                  Matthew Millen
    Enid Simmons         Valerie Seccombe
    James Slowik         Robert Shephard         Carolyn Miranda
     Daniel Smith          Charles Sikora          Kimberly Mizzi
        JJ Smith             Erlean Smith          Nima Mokaram
    Nishant Sood        Arneader Snowden           Tatum Mullins
     Carol Straub        Cynthia Straughn
                                                    Lydia Munoz
  Nancy Swanson           Heather Stupera
   Jennifer Tedder       Laura Sturdevant          Amelia Norris
   Jackie Thomas           jennifer swann           Justin Obrien
  Lorraine Thomas             Sara Talabi             Pam Olech
   Marcel Thomas         David Templeton               Bob Oren
      Rita Turner     Treazure Terrell-Wilson
                                                      Staci Oseid
 Diane Underwood            Scott Terzich
  Donna Voytush             Patty Torrey            Kena Parrish
     Jan Vuckov          Rachel Tuzinsky         Vashun Patterson
    Rudy Vuckov            Michael Vogel           Lauren Penner
 Carol Washington      Jamario Washington          Jennifer Poole
     Ken Wiktor          Shaticka Wesley
                                                Jeannette Pugliese
    Ruth Williams           Brad Williams
    Doris Wilson         Kinyotta Williams        Adriana Ramirez
 Mary Ann Wojack          Ramon Williams            Maria Reyes
    Mary Wright                                   Cynthia Roddie
Mario Rossi              Leslie Taylor        LaVonne Walters
Alexandria Rugenstein    Jennifer Tengler     Sharon Washington
Debbie Schneider         Danielle Tiernan     Marisa Weber
Tynique Shaw             Chedebrius Tiggs     Marilyn White
Tawana Simmons           Jevon Tinsley        Denine Wilber
Teante Sims              Deborah Toles        Cleo Wiley
Paul Singleton           Susan Van Campen     Mary Wilson
Ron Smith                Andrew Vetting       Scott Wilson
Candace Snyder           Rochelle Vitale      Kenya Winn
Alan Speed               Nicole Wade-Bell     Cathy Young
Timothy Sposito          Kimberly Wallace     Jochlynn Young
Mary Stroud

              VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
              16500 Tireman Detroit MI
    Volunteers are needed to help with a carnival
 happening on Saturday, August 17. Report time is
         10:30 AM. Event ends at 6:00 PM.
Volunteers are needed to help with line control, crafts
                  and picnic area.
      Sign up on Volgistics or send an email to
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