2013 Block Party

    GROW Organization’s Block Party a Big Success


Co-sponsored by IFMA SV and the local chapter of AFE, the July 24th event drew more than 115 facility professionals for the public launch of the GROW organization. Scott Schipper served as Event Coordinator.


IFMA SV Past Presidents and GROW co-founders Julie O’Loughlin and Bob Dills considered the Block Party event a great success. The funding generated will support a variety of mentoring, scholarship, and community outreach initiatives.


Bob said, “there is no way in the world it could have happen anywhere close to the way it did without all of our dedicated volunteers.”


Michael Fox, Jeffrey Artz, and Robert Shuck volunteered a portion of their parking lot at Goodwill of Silicon Valley as the venue, which accommodated a live band, three food trucks, three bars, games, and a photo booth.


GROW was proudly supported Glumac, Western Allied Mechanical, MAI Industries, Technical Builders, Reliable Concepts, J&J Air Conditioning, Impec Group, Associated Coffee, Turner Construction, Facilities First, Gachina Landscape, Valley Facilities Management, Gordon Prill, Brooks Furniture, Perfection Sweeping, ICE Safety Solutions, and Quakehold Industrial.


During the party, a major GROW initiative was announced.  Bob Kraiss, IFMA SV Past President, shared that GROW is the sponsoring organization for the creation of a children’s performing arts theater in East Palo Alto.  The plan is to use an existing stage in the gym at the Costano School and the resources of IFMA-SV and AFE to install material donated by Google. The groups will add audio, video, lighting, screens, and drapes.  The 49ers Academy (the 6th, 7th and 8th grades at the school) will be responsible for organizing and running performances and for-profit events in the new theater.  All the children of East Palo Alto will be able to participate in the performances.  A master plan is currently being created to fund and arrange for labor, materials and engineering requirements.  The project has a target completion date of spring 2014.


This year’s Block Party was the first special event produced by GROW; Bob Dills and Julie O’Loughlin expect the organization to produce two per year. They will return with an Endless Summer Party next September, and an awards ceremony each winter. And the partnership between GROW and IFMA will surely grow!

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