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FERNDALE – An estimated 1,100 people participated in the ninth annual Ferndale Pub Crawl, an annual walking tour of 18 restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs July 29.
In addition to a good time being had by all, Monica Mills, the special projects volunteer coordinator for the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, said the evening was a stunning financial success.
According to Mills, “I think we’re going to come close to doubling our profits from last year.” In 2004, the Pub Crawl raised $6,000 for charities including MAPP.
This year’s beneficiaries are MAPP, the Ferndale Police Auxiliary, and the Ferndale Historical Society.
Mills said that the Police Auxiliary was chosen for the second year in a row because of their help with the event.
“We really wanted to do something for them again this year, so we decided to give twenty-five percent to them and twenty-five percent to another charity,” she said.
“For the ninth year in a row we had no incidents, no fights, no problems, and everyone had a ball,” said MAPP CEO Craig Covey.
For Ferndale resident Ann Heler, 63, the event was more than just another party. Heler, who started the Pub Crawl nine years ago with Covey and who also started the now disbanded LGBT friendly group FANS of Ferndale, was celebrating her retirement. Heler worked for 30 as a special education teacher with the Detroit Public Schools.
Heler said she couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate. “It’s just incredible,” she said of the event’s growth over the years. “People come expecting to have a good time and they do.”
Heler worked as a volunteer at the Crawl in addition to participating. She said it’s a good way for people to get to discover Ferndale. Her message to participants? “Use this as your introduction and then come back,” she said.