Park West Foundation® Honors Anti-Violence Activist and Youth Mentor Weusi Olusola

Detroit Pistons, George Blaha and others to participate in tribute/fundraising event to assist with cancer treatment.

Southfield, MI, March 04, 2009 --( The Park West Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, owners of the Park West Gallery, is presenting a lifetime achievement award to Weusi Olusola, a youth mentor and anti-violence activist who is fighting cancer. Olusola, paralyzed following a drive-by shooting at the age of 16, has become a leading community figure in helping to educate young people about living a violence-free life.

Olusola has devoted his adult life to helping young people – speaking to thousands of youth across the United States about the dangers of gun violence. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in December 2008.

Mitsie Scaglione, executive director of Park West Foundation, said, “The courageous and determined efforts of Weusi Olusola on behalf of young people in danger is an inspiration to us all. His efforts have directly helped hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.”

Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, said, “The Park West Foundation was established to assist young people in need. Weusi Olusola has dedicated his life to that mission and we are proud to recognize the extraordinary contribution he is making to our community.”

The tribute to Olusola will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 4 p.m. at Park West Gallery, 29469 Northwestern Highway in Southfield, Mich. Participants include Detroit Pistons; George Blaha, Pistons’play-by-play announcer; and, other community leaders.

RSVPs must be received by Monday, March 2nd.

A large exhibit of the work of Detroit artist Marcus Glenn will be featured at the tribute event.

About Park West Foundation
The Park West Foundation was formed in 2006 to provide assistance to children and families including foster care, family preservation, family life education, counseling, teen parent services, residential placement and adoption. The Park West Foundation also provides support for young women who have aged out of the foster care system. The foundation's goal is to create a more complete support system for these young women, and to eventually serve young men as well.

About Park West Gallery
Founded in 1969, Park West is one of the largest art dealers in the world, selling works of art through its galleries in Michigan and Florida as well as on cruise ships internationally. The Park West Gallery collection includes oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works. Park West Gallery also offers an extensive selection of sports memorabilia - autographed by celebrity athletes like Muhammad Ali, Joe Montana and Pete Rose - and a unique collection of rare animation art from Disney and Warner Bros. Studios, including limited edition hand-signed, hand-painted sericels and vintage production cels. Park West Gallery occupies a 63,000 square foot headquarters and gallery in Southfield, Michigan and a 181,000 square foot fulfillment center and gallery in Miami Lakes, Florida.

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