There is a small park called the Harry B. Keidan Park behind the Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple on Chicago Boulevard. It’s an abandoned, open landed field with old swings pull-up bars and an eroded basketball court. There is a dilapidated apartment complex overlooking the park, according to Telling the Stories of Detroit Parks.
It was named after a judge who died in 1942.
“Keidan was known for his genuine concern for the defendants that appeared before him,” says Telling the Stories of Detroit Parks. “Having a keen sense of humor and the utmost patience, Judge Keidan once gave a unsatisfied litigant a half glass of water and two ‘common sense’ pills when he refused to accept a court recommended monetary settlement. The litigant was instructed to sit at the rear of the courtroom for 40 minutes for ‘the pills to kick in’ while the next case was heard.”
His tombstone reads “he did justice and righteousness.”
All Four One wants to do some of that justice and righteousness and turn the park into a first-class urban amenity for the three neighborhoods it crosses. So its first annual Rejuvenate A Dream Gala will benefit the renovation of Keidan Park. It will be held at the Music Hall Jazz Cafe on Thursday, August 11.
The celebration honors the organization’s 11 years of community development and educational programming.
The evening will begin with cocktail reception in the Jazz Café where guests will have a chance to mingle and bid in the silent auction. The reception will be followed by dinner in the Jazz Café and an evening of dancing to the music of Pricilla Price and The Realty Band.
The gala will be chaired by Vivian Teague of VTMK Production, LLC, a media corporation Unleashing the Potential of Parks for Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Communities.
The ticket price for the party is $30.00 and, of course, there are sponsorship opportunities.
For information on how to purchase tickets or become a sponsor please contact Vivian Teague at 313-209-3299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more than 11 years All Four One has helped trouble youths, seniors and young adults with conflict issues and complex conditions. The nonprofit’s mission is empowering communities and conducting positive methods expectation while utilizing constructive use of time building a commitment to learning developing positive values social competencies and positive identity creating a strong foundation to the leaders of tomorrow.
– Photos courtesy of Telling the Stories of Detroit Parks