Macy’s Center City Store Funraiser for the Mounted Patrol

Feb 10 2012

MACY’S CENTER CITY STORE WINDOW DISPLAY SUPPORTS “PONY UP FOR THE MOUNTED UNIT” FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO BUILD NEW HOME FOR POLICE MOUNTED PATROL

PHILADELPHIA, PA – With the unveiling of a prominent display window at its Center City Philadelphia store dedicated to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit, Macy’s set an example to other Philadelphia area businesses to support a $3 million fundraising campaign currently underway to help the Philadelphia Police Foundation build a new home and headquarters in Fairmount Park for the specialized police unit.

“Macy’s is thrilled to partner with the Philadelphia Police Department for this wonderful cause,” said Jim Kenny, vice president and store manager of Macy’s Center City. “The Police Mounted Unit is instrumental in maintaining the safety and well-being of the citizens of Philadelphia and we are proud to showcase our growing partnership with the dedication of this window.”

In addition to its donation and design of the display window on Juniper St. across from City Hall, Macy’s contributed $5,000 to the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s “Pony Up for the Mounted Patrol Unit” campaign.

The Philadelphia Police Foundation (www.phillypolicefoundation.com) is raising funds for construction of a new stables, barn and unit headquarters located on Chimounix Drive in Fairmount Park. It is appealing to businesses, corporations, foundations and the general public to support this important community endeavor.

“We applaud Macy’s for their community activism and support of the Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit,” said Peter Madden, Police Foundation board member. “The Foundation encourages other Philadelphia area businesses to follow Macy’s lead and support this important initiative to build a new home for our horses.”

Construction of the stables will be provided pro bono through a joint partnership with the Philadelphia Trade Unions, who will contribute the labor. Participating unions are: Ironworkers, Cement Masons & Plasterers, Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, Glaziers Local 252, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, Roofers & Waterproofers Local 30, Steamfitters Local 420, Operating Engineers Local 542, International Brotherhood of Painter & Allied Trades, Plumbers Local 690, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.

The steel structure will be 13,088 square feet. The barn will house 42 horse stalls, five feed stalls, and a shed row at the perimeter. There will be four temperature-treated tack rooms, and three wash stalls, complete with indoor plumbing. The facility will be outfitted with the latest electric and fire suppression technology.

Lauren McMenamin will contribute project management for construction through the cooperation of Parx Casino & Racetrack, formerly Philadelphia Park, in Bensalem, PA.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association is donating horse trailers and stable planning assistance; horse tack, including saddles, bridles/bits, saddle pads, blankets, and assorted leather gear; and a connection with the “Turning for Home Foundation,” which is donating rescued former racehorses for training. The Last Chance Ranch, Doylestown, PA, is identifying, repurposing and training horses for the Mounted Patrol Unit.

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit was reinstated after a hiatus of six years. Police Commissioner Ramsey said the return of the Mounted Unit is important for the Police Department’s ability to fight crime, provide security at large gatherings, and make Fairmount Park safer.

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