Hazel Park Pub Crawl to benefit Promise Zone, Arts Council, Library Friends

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published June 6, 2018

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HAZEL PARK — Three popular causes will benefit from an upcoming pub crawl in Hazel Park.

Hazel Park’s “A Walk in the Park” Pub Crawl is set for 2-7 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. at either of two locations: House of Shamrocks, 23420 John R Road, or Kozy Lounge, 150 E. 10 Mile Road. Shuttle transportation will be available at each location, and all crawlers will receive a lanyard and a beer koozie. 

Tickets cost $30 the day of the event, or $25 in advance by searching the event’s name at eventbrite.com and ordering online. The proceeds will benefit the Hazel Park Promise Zone, which helps send graduates of Hazel Park High to college; the Hazel Park Library Friends, who support library programming and materials; and the Hazel Park Arts Council, which supports arts and culture initiatives around the city.  

Several venues will be visited during the crawl, each offering free appetizers and drink specials. In addition to House of Shamrocks and Kozy Lounge, there will be visits to Joebar, Cellarmen’s and Madison Park Bowl. Those attending must be 21 with a valid ID. 

The crawl is being organized by Sue Burrows alongside Kozy Lounge owner Michele Haskell. 

“Some people have never been to any of these bars and restaurants before, so it’ll give them an opportunity to check them out,” Burrows said. “And it’s also an opportunity to get out and walk around Hazel Park together. I just love that community feeling. And even though (the newly reopened) Doug’s Delight isn’t on the actual pub crawl, I’m going to encourage people to visit and try their food.” 

Amy Kruppe, superintendent of Hazel Park Public Schools, said she appreciates the support for the Promise Zone.

“The Promise Zone has been an outstanding support to the Hazel Park (Public) Schools. Students have not only received the opportunity to attend a two-year college if they qualify, but those who are not Hazel Park residents have benefited from the strong college advising,” Kruppe said. “Since I’ve come to the district, it’s amazing how the scholarships have grown. This year alone, the Promise Zone has helped students seek out over $3 million in scholarships.”

Kayla Roney Smith, executive director of the Promise Zone and College Access Network, said the group is primarily funded by grants and donations. 

“Every dollar donated helps us to assist Hazel Park students through scholarship and college advising programs, as well as through our services we’re able to provide,” Roney Smith said. 

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must reside in the school district, which includes all of Hazel Park and parts of Ferndale. Those who attend Oakland Community College are able to receive full funding for up to 62 credits, the amount needed for an associate degree, as long as they maintain a college grade-point average of 2.0 or higher. There’s no high school GPA requirement. If federal Pell grant funding covers a student’s full tuition and fees, there’s no scholarship awarded for that semester. 

Those attending a Michigan college or university other than OCC are eligible for up to $1,000 per semester for a total of $4,000. Federal Pell grant dollars awarded in a given semester are subtracted from the $1,000 for that semester, Roney Smith explained. Scholarship eligibility expires four years after graduating from Hazel Park Public Schools. 

Also, eligibility for the full scholarship depends on how long the student has been there. Those who have been with the district since fifth grade or earlier get 100 percent of the award; sixth through eighth grades get 90 percent; ninth grade, 75 percent; 10th grade, 50 percent; 11th grade, 30 percent; and those who joined the district in 12th grade are eligible for 20 percent. 

Those with questions about the program can email kayla.roney@hazelparkschools.org. 

Corrine Stocker, the director of the Hazel Park District Library, also thanked the pub crawl, which is supporting the Hazel Park Library Friends, the library’s nonprofit volunteer fundraising arm. The library also recently hosted an art gallery in cooperation with the Arts Council, another group that will benefit from the pub crawl.

“They are the best; they make all the difference,” Stocker said of the Library Friends. 

She said the group helps out with fundraising for programs and materials, staffing events, organizing storage, cleaning the grounds, even acting as ambassadors for the library at local events like Hazel Park Public Schools’ Hometown Huddle. The Friends also walked in this year’s Memorial Day Parade, and they won the Spirit of Hazel Park trophy at last year’s parade. 

“This library wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much as we do without the Friends,” Stocker said.