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Park West Gallery Founder Albert Scaglione Honored by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

Park West Gallery Donates Sports Memorabilia to Support the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Park West Foundation

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September 21, 2010 (FPRC) -- SOUTHFIELD, MI – Park West Gallery founder and CEO, Albert Scaglione, and wife, Mitsie Scaglione, were honored during the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI, on September 13, 2010. The Hall of Fame recognized the Scagliones for their extensive and generous involvement in Michigan.

Specifically, in an ongoing collaboration with the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Scagliones and Park West Gallery provided memorabilia and artworks from its world-class sports collection to be sold, and 100% of the proceeds are to be donated equally to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Park West Foundation.

“Park West Gallery is grateful for the opportunity to support both the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Park West Foundation,” said Albert Scaglione. “Both organizations share the mission of assisting and educating children, and that is a mission that both Mitsie and I support strongly.”

While the collaboration is ongoing and items are available to be purchased at Park West Gallery, the Gallery also donated a Muhammad Ali Boxing Glove collage specifically for the ceremony, and it was made available for bidding during the live auction. It sold for more than triple the opening bid, and all proceeds went to the Hall of Fame.

“We appreciate greatly the donation by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione – their vision and desire for helping children is shared by the Hall of Fame, and we look forward to working together more in the future,” said Jim Stark, executive director of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2010 inductees into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame include: Bob Becker, George Blaha, Steve Fraser, Bill Flemming, Marian Ilitch, Peter Karmanos, Rick Leach, Meg Mallon, Herman Moore, Eddie Murray, Jack Roush, Jon Urbancheck.

“Part of what made this year’s Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony such an overwhelming success was the involvement of significant community leaders like L. Brooks Patterson, executive of Oakland County, Dave Bing, mayor of Detroit, and of course, the Scagliones,” said Ray Scott, Ambassador for the Lutheran Children and Family Service and former player and coach of the Detroit Pistons.

“The Scagliones are two of the most generous people I know,” Scott added.

For more information about the Park West Gallery and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame collaboration or to view the sports memorabilia and artworks available for sale, please visit Park West Gallery’s website at http://www.parkwestgallery.com, Park West Gallery’s Southfield location at 29469 Northwestern, Southfield, MI 48034, or call (248) 354-2343.

About Park West Gallery
Since its founding in 1969, Park West Gallery has brought fine artworks to more than 1.2 million clients around the world through its gallery locations in Michigan and Florida as well as art auctions on cruise ships and in major metropolitan areas. Park West Gallery’s mission is to create an educational, entertaining, and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and creates a collecting experience like no other company in the world. Park West Gallery supports a myriad of artistic talent, engages the widest array of audiences, and advocates genuine artistry while maintaining only the highest of professional standards.

About the Park West Foundation
The Park West Foundation was formed in 2006 by Albert Scaglione, CEO of Park West Gallery, and his wife Mitsie Scaglione to provide assistance to children and families including foster care, family preservation, family life education, counseling, teen parent services, residential placement and adoption. Additionally, the Park West Foundation provides support for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, currently supporting more than 400 young people in metro Detroit. The Foundation’s goal is to create a more complete support system for these young adults. The Park West Foundation provides scholarships to students pursuing higher education, direct financial support for transportation for employment or education purposes, and housing. The Foundation currently operates one 12-unit apartment complex and facilitates the availability of dozens of other housing opportunities for the growing number of young people who are aging out of the foster care system.

About the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
Founded in 1954, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) organization. It is comprised of more than 250 former champions, medalists, and great contributors to the world of sports, including; Ty Cobb, Joe Louis, Stevie Yzerman , Roger Penske and many more. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, honoring and displaying the amateur and professional history of sports in the State of Michigan through compelling events, exhibits, interactive displays and community outreach programs, as well as honoring the athletes, coaches and administrators enshrined as Hall of Fame members who have brought fame, success and glory to the state.

We are also committed to supporting and providing recreational and educational opportunities for young people throughout our state. In honoring and celebrating the great accomplishments of the past, we hope to inspire future generations of Michigan athletes.

Send an email to Media Department of Park West Gallery
248-354-2343

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