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Pack the Park: Dear Friends Letter

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Hello to all, as a friend of Pack the Park myself, I’ve written this memo to share more detailed insight into the organization and the Pack the Park quest.

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Pack the Park: Dear Friends Letter

  1. 1. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 October
20,
2009
 
 Dear
Friends
of
Pack
the
Park,
 
 Hello
 to
 all,
 as
 a
 friend
 of
 Pack
 the
 Park
 myself,
 I’ve
 written
 this
 memo
 to
 share
 more
 detailed
 insight
 into
 the
 organization
 and
 the
 Pack
 the
 Park
 quest.
 I
 apologize
 in
 advance
for
the
length
of
this
communication,
but
I
believe
a
comprehensive
account
is
 necessary
for
to
fully
appreciate
our
history
and
future.
 
 I
am
confident
that
when
you
become
familiar
with
the
essence
of
Pack
the
Park,
all
will
 agree
that
Pack
the
Park
offers
genuine
synchronicity
with
the
philosophy
of
Kyosei
"All
 people,
regardless
of
race,
religion
or
culture,
harmoniously
living
and
working
together
 into
 the
 future.”
 Further,
 Pack
 the
 Park
 directly
 aligns
 with
 President
 Obama’s
 new
 recovery
 and
 renewal
 initiative
 “United
 We
 Serve,”
 which
 supports
 his
 vision
 of
 “rebuilding
the
foundation
of
our
country
one
community
at
a
time.”
 
 The
 concept
 of
 Pack
 the
 Park
 is
 very
 simple—celebrate
 citizens
 across
 the
 globe
 who
 have
dedicated
their
lives
to
local
community
service,
then,
refurbish
or
build
a
green­wise
 park
in
their
honor
and
use
each
build
event
as
a
living
classroom.

 
 There
are
several
integrated
functional
groups
and
implementation
standards
that
must
 coalesce
to
activate
a
Pack
the
Park
event:
 1. Local
 municipalities
 donate
 a
 pre‐prepared
 park
 site
 (park
 site
 must
 be
 optimized
to
meet
green
sustainability
standards)
 2. Local
business
leaders
direct
a
community
fundraising
campaign
(contributions
 are
used
to
fund
park
building
materials
and
related
event
expenditures)
 3. Local
 volunteer
 contractors
 and
 organizations
 are
 enlisted
 to
 install
 the
 park
 (which
takes
place
over
a
two‐day
event)
 4. The
 event
 serves
 as
 an
 accredited
 living
 class‐room
 setting
 for
 multimedia,
 photography,
and
design
students
from
universities.

 5. The
events
also
serves
as
a
platform
for
green
innovators
and
educators
to
share
 ideas,
products
and
future
concepts
with
the
community

 6. Construction/delivery
 vehicles
 and
 park
 construction
 materials
 are
 optimized
 and
selected
for
their
environmental
sustainability
and
green‐wise
qualifications
 7. Corporate
sponsors
donate
sporting
and
or
playground
equipment
as
required
 
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  2. 2. Note:
 Each
 event
 is
 completely
 documented
 in
 HD
 and
 still
 photography
 with
 the
 intent
of
sharing
the
Pack
the
Park
story
with
the
world
via
a
documentary
film
and
 a
network
television
edutainment
series.

 
 Pack
the
Park
Benefits
‐


 Communities
 are
 mobilized
 to
 celebrate
 local
 “heroes”
 and
 in
 the
 process
 spirits
 are
 lifted,
 students
 are
 educated
 and
 green
 parks
 are
 established
 for
 the
 enjoyment
 of
 all.
 Each
 park
 will
 serve
 as
 the
 catalyst
 to
 a
 grass
 roots
 green
 movement
 that
 will
 grow
 throughout
the
community.


 
 Pack
the
Park
Milestones
‐

 Early
In
2007
‐
Mil
Canon,
a
Savannah
Georgia
native
filmmaker
and
photographer,
was
 inspired
 to
 reengage
 communities
 through
 an
 American
 Ball
 Parks
 movement.
 Mil’s
 goals
were
to
bring
a
community
and
its
children
together
again
at
the
ballpark
and
to
 ultimately
have
a
local
park
named
to
honor
his
grandfather,
E.E.
Lennox
Sr.,
who
had
 dedicated
his
life
to
giving
back
through
his
support
of
youth
sports
and
public
parks
in
 Savannah.



 
 June
16th,
2007
‐
the
first
Pack
the
Park
event
was
held
at
Grayson
Stadium
in
Savannah
 (home
 of
 New
 York
 Mets
 farm‐team
 the
 SandGnats,),
 nearly
 3000
 people
 attended.
 Prior
to
the
event,
U.S.
Congressman,
Jack
Kingston
and
Mil
arranged
to
have
a
U.S.
flag
 flown
over
the
White
House
in
Washington
D.C.
in
honor
of
Pack
the
Park.
The
flag
was
 presented
 to
 the
 city
 of
 Savannah
 at
 the
 event.
 
 Savannah
 city
 officials
 presented
 a
 proclamation
 in
 honor
 of
 Pack
 the
 Park
 and
 the
 E.E.
 Lennox
 Memorial
 Lifetime
 Achievement
Award
was
established
in
honor
of
Mil's
grandfather.
 
 Georgia
 Governor,
 Sonny
 Perdue,
 signs
 a
 proclamation
 on
 April
 24th,
 2008,
 dedicating
 Pack
the
Park
as
an
American
Ballpark
Movement.
Congressman,
Jack
Kingston
presents
 Mil
with
the
Governors
proclamation
on
April
26th
at
second
Pack
the
Park
event,
nearly
 4000
people
attend.

 
 June
 18th,
 2008
 ‐
 Governor,
 Sonny
 Perdue
 invites
 Mil
 to
 the
 Georgia
 State
 Capitol
 to
 officially
 present
 the
 American
 Ballpark
 Movement
 proclamation
 to
 him
 and
 Pack
 the
 Park.
The
Governor
declares,
“It
is
programs
like
Pack
the
Park
that
renew
the
spirit
in
 America.”
 
 Additionally
 on
 this
 day,
 the
 2007
 Little
 League
 World
 Champions
 from
 Warner
 Robbins,
 GA
 served
 as
 Youth
 Ambassadors,
 their
 memorabilia
 along
 with
 an
 official
White
House
U.
S.
flag
was
dedicated
to
the
Georgia
Sports
Hall
of
Fame.
 
 October
1,
2009
‐
The
Art
Institute
of
Atlanta
becomes
an
education
partner
with
Pack
 the
 Park
 and
 agrees
 to
 develop
 a
 "living‐classroom"
 in
 cooperation
 with
 ImageMil
 Studios
of
Atlanta,
GA.
40
honor
students
will
document
the
2010
Pack
the
Park
event.
 As
 part
 of
 their
 curriculum,
 the
 students
 will
 be
 directed
 and
 supervised
 by
 industry
 leaders
and
AI
faculty.
The
HD
footage
and
still
images
acquired
will
be
made
available
 for
future
documentary
and
network
television
series
purposes
produced
and
directed
 by
Imagemil
Studios.


 
 
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  3. 3. October
5,
2009
–
the
National
Academy
of
Recording
Arts
and
Sciences
(NARAS
“The
 Grammys”)
 becomes
 a
 partner
 of
 Pack
 the
 Park
 and
 launches
 a
 membership
 drive
 in
 concert
with
the
Pack
the
Park
anthem
sessions.

 

 October
7,
2009
‐
Tree
Studios,
Atlanta,
GA
(one
of
the
world's
only
"green"
optimized
 and
operated
recording
studios)
agrees
to
partner
with
Pack
the
Park.
Tree
Studios
will
 host,
 record,
 co‐executive
 produce
 and
 publish
 the
 Pack
 the
 Pack
 anthem.
 Several
 members
of
The
Atlanta
chapter
of
the
Grammy’s
will
write,
produce
and
perform
the
 anthem.
 
 October
 16,
 2009
 –
 The
 Georgia
 Music
 Hall
 of
 Fame
 agrees
 to
 recognize
 the
 Pack
 the
 Park
“Calling
all
Voices”
session
at
Tree
Sound
Studios
an
historic
Georgia
music
event.
 The
final
recording
and
music
video
will
be
dedicate
to
The
Georgia
Music
Hall
of
Fame.

 
 November
 21,
 2009
 ‐
 The
 Georgia
 music
 community
 will
 unite
 to
 embrace
 the
 movement
and
to
add
their
voice
to
Pack
the
Park
sending
a
message
to
the
world
as
an
 inspiration
to
all.
ImageMil
Studio
Founder
and
multi‐award
winning
film
&
television
 director,
 Mil
 Cannon
 is
 “Calling
 All
 Voices”
 to
 celebrate
 the
 Pack
 the
 Park
 movement.
 Composers,
 producers,
 songwriters
 and
 artists
 will
 unite
 for
 this
 historic
 event
 to
 record
 the
 anthem
 and
 music
 video
 that
 will
 inspire
 communities
 throughout
 our
 country
and
around
the
world.
The
video
(scheduled
for
release
in
late
December)
will
 commemorate
those
who
have
dedicated
themselves
to
local
public
service
and
to
the
 preservation
of
our
Mother
Earth.

 
 February
 13,
 2010
 ‐
 The
 city
 of
 Savannah
 will
 celebrate
 Georgia
 Day.
 The
 Georgia
 Historical
Society
is
inducting
Ted
Turner
and
Hank
Aaron
as
trustees
of
the
state.
The
 goal
 is
 to
 synchronize
 the
 next
 Pack
 the
 Park
 event
 with
 this
 celebration
 and
 to
 build
 and
dedicate
the
very
first
Pack
the
Park
park.
 
 The
 accompanying
 document
 includes
 numerous
 photos,
 the
 Calling
 All
 Voices
 poster
 and
a
movie
of
the
Pack
the
Park
dugout.
If
you
need
more
information
or
background,
 please
feel
free
to
contact
me
directly
at
772.359.4915
or
at
steve@packthepark.net

 
 Very
best
regards,
 
 Steven
R.
North
 President,
Marketing
and
Communications
 Pack
the
Park
 
 
 
 
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