PAC Newsletter
August, 2012

Greetings my friends,


As we begin to transition from summer to fall, vacationing kids returning to school and into the wave of fourth quarter holidays, PAC is preparing to present a potpourri of fun-packed programming. From our Pancake Pajama breakfast to our Splish-Splash Sensory Swim, we hope to share smiles, form friendships and augment awareness -- all while helping our PAC pals develop socially, cognitively, and emotionally. We're feverishly working to acquire a permanent home for PAC to house our seven-days-a-week operation to promote family flexibility, respite comfort, and overall convenience. 


In the interim, we welcome ideas and suggestions from parents, educators and professionals regarding activities and programming in an effort to feature a variety of special interests for everyone to enjoy at our center. Lastly, PAC would like to extend a big WELCOME to all of our newest newsletter enrollees. We look forward to connecting, building, and making a difference.


 Thank you for your continued support! 

Pancake Pajama Breakfast - September 29th

Looking for a fun, unique, and family friendly activity? 


Play-Place for Autistic Children is proud to host our first Pancake Pajama Breakfast featuring Chris Cakes and their one-of-a-kind Fun Flying Pancake Flip Show. 


Feel free to wear your pajamas to this fun, family friendly event where there will be cartoons, crafts, a 50/50 raffle and our mascot, Paulie the PAC Rat, will make his dazzling debut including pictures with his PAC pals to help cap off an all around good time.


Mark your calendars for September 29th at the Macomb Intermediate School District Training Rooms at 44001 Garfield in Clinton Township. Tickets are $3.50 for kids 12 and under and $5 for adults. 


Ready to reserve your spot? Fill out our online registration form! 

Don't forget to mark your calendars

for our upcoming fundraisers and events!


October 14th - PAC's Splish-Splash Sensory Swim!

6:15pm - 8:15pm 

This multi-purpose, therapeutic event integrates sensory stimulation and physical exercise as well as socialization and inclusion for a shared experience to be enjoyed by the entire family. This soothing, mood-enhancing, fun-filled activity will be held at the Macomb Township Parks & Recreation's indoor swimming facility which features a multi level playground pool area, lazy river, hot tub, 3 story water slide, toddler area, lap lanes and an outdoor sundeck. The entire pool area is ours to schmooze, smile and swim.


October 27th - Free Howling, Happy Halloween Party!

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for goodies, games and a ghoulish good time at the Macomb Township Parks & Rec. Everyone is invited to dress up, but costumes are optional. Come in and mosey around "Trick or Treat Town" where the kids can collect candy and encounter kooky characters or venture thru PAC's party palooza room where we'll have bouncers, a laser-light show & MORE...all in a safe and inclusive environment.


Hope to see you there!


September 6-19th VOTE for Play-Place for Autistic Children

PAC is pleased to announce it's charity nomination in the Chase Community Giving 2012 National Program.

With your support, PAC has an opportunity to share in donation funds towards a permanent home offering a community that is joyously inviting, socially engaging, environmentally safe, therapeutic, educational, special needs sensitive & care-giver supportive.


 Here's how to vote:

Chase online customers may vote on

Facebook users may also vote on the Chase Community Giving application after they "Allow" access at

Chase customers who are also Facebook users may vote at and then again on Facebook for two additional votes.

 Please VOTE for Play-Place for Autistic Children!

Spread the word with family, friends and co-workers!

PAC wins CU@Soup Grant from Christian Financial!
PAC accepts the CU@Soup grant!
Tuesday, August 7th, PAC and other area entrepreneurs gathered together for the opportunity to win a generous grant from Christian Financial. Each business idea had the opportunity to make a short presentation about their project, as well as answer any questions from a room full of guests. Everyone who attended enjoyed a delicious dinner, meaningful conversation, and had the ability to cast a vote for which organization they would like to receive the grant. 
We are proud to announce that Play-Place for Autistic Children was chosen as the recipient for this incredibly generous grant! We are grateful to Christian Financial, and everyone who attended the dinner to help us secure this funding! Congratulations to all presenters and all of the wonderful ideas discussed!
Meet Paulie, the PAC Rat!

Paulie is a fun, energetic, 7-year-old who loves to run, jump and play. He's very shy, and enjoys playing to himself. When Paulie was 3, he was diagnosed with Asberger's syndrome, but he doesn't let that slow him down. While making friends doesn't come easy to Paulie, with time, repetition, and the right fun-themed activity, he fits right in. Sometimes Paulie gets scared or confused in new situations, but he knows that with the love of his family, there is nothing he can't handle, and nothing he can't achieve. Paulie loves all of his friends at PAC unconditionally and looks forward to playing, learning and making new friends.


Full Name: Paulie the Pac Rat


Age: 7


Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese


Favorite Colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue


Favorite activates: Outdoor fun, coloring, playing on the computer and shopping for toys.


What Paulie wants to be when he grows up:

Ice cream truck driver


Paulie looks forward to seeing you at all upcoming PAC events!

Shell Jones on the John Prost Show
The John Prost Show Highlights
The John Prost Show Highlights

Last month, Shell Jones was a featured guest on the John Prost show on WMTV. Now you can watch the entire interview online! Click the video above to watch a few highlights of the conversation, or enjoy the whole interview here.
CALLING ALL PARENTS willing to share their experiences

In an effort to educate, build awareness & promote Play-Place for Autistic Children, PAC is looking to produce a variety of short video vignettes detailing the everyday challenges, concerns and nuances of "living with Autism." We feel it is extremely important to share the emotional aspects as well as the breakthrough moments of the nation's fastest growing serious developmental disorder. If you are willing to share your story through a series of targeted questions, please contact PAC at (586) 254-6533. Twenty minutes of your time can have an everlasting impact by providing a unique perspective, offering a sense of hope & camaraderie and alerting the public to the urgent needs of the autistic community. We look forward to speaking with all of you!
Partner with PAC and Kroger to defeat Autism

Want to help PAC in our mission to defeat Autism? Register your Kroger PLUS card and a portion of your shopping proceeds will be donated to PAC! Instructions on enrolling are below.


Need some instruction on how to set up your Kroger Community Rewards account? The video below gives you a step by step guide on how to register.


Kroger Community Rewards Instructions
Kroger Community Rewards Instructions
In This Issue
Pancake Pajama Breakfast
Save the Date
PAC wins CU@Soup Grant
Meet Paulie!
Shell Jones, John Prost - Excerpt
Calling All Parents - We NEED Your Help!
PAC Partners with Kroger
PAC in the News


Autistic Play Facility Earns Diners' Dollars
C&G News


5 Questions for Shell Jones

Detroit Free Press


PAC on Social Media

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