AmeriPark Holiday Valet Program Raises More Than $47,000 for At-Risk Youth
INDIANAPOLIS (February 6, 2014) – Shoppers at Simon malls across the country who chose to valet park their vehicles this holiday season helped put the charitable efforts of AmeriPark, a full-service parking company, in overdrive.
For the fourth consecutive year, AmeriPark teamed with mall owner Simon Property Group and mall retailers to promote the service and send a healthy portion of the proceeds to Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), an Indianapolis-based national nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate from high school. AmeriPark boosted participation in the program by offering its customers coupons for complimentary valet parking on a subsequent mall visit and complimentary meal offerings from mall retailers.
“The entire AmeriPark team has embraced this program as an annual tradition that really benefits everyone from mall shoppers to students,” said Chip Patterson, AmeriPark CEO. “Our customers receive promotional perks, and we get to help create opportunities for kids who need to know that someone cares about them.”
SYF works nationally to develop Simon Youth Academies – alternative high schools for students who are at risk of dropping out. The academies, which maintain a cumulative 90% graduation rate, operate in partnership with local public school districts, and many of them are located in Simon malls. In addition, SYF also offers scholarships to college-bound students in every community that is home to a Simon property. Simon Youth Foundation scholarships have had a $1.4 million impact in the Indianapolis area during the organization’s 15-year history.
“For the fourth year in a row, this innovative program has raised funds that will help hundreds of students, and we are truly grateful to AmeriPark for their support of our mission,” said Simon Youth Foundation President and CEO Michael Durnil. “Through collaboration with strong community partners like Chip Patterson and his team at AmeriPark we can help kids who are at-risk of dropping out become kids who are at-promise for bright futures.”
AmeriPark is a boutique provider of parking management services for a multitude of venues including: entertainment and retail complexes, hotels, hospitals, medical centers, residential buildings, office buildings, airports, restaurants and various special events. AmeriPark offers our clients a national operating capability that provides a single point of contact and portfolio based accounting and financial reporting. For more information, go to http://www.ameripark.com.
About Simon Youth Foundation
Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit, exists to help at-risk students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school stay in school. Through 23 Simon Youth Academies in 13 states and Simon Youth Scholarships, SYF advocates, creates and initiates educational opportunities for students so they can start here and go anywhere. In partnership with local public schools, SYF has maintained a 90% graduation rate at its Academies since inception, graduated more than 10,000 students, and awarded more than $10 million in scholarships. Learn more at www.syf.org.
About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry. The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America, Asia and Europe comprising approximately 243 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.