A mob of people wearing neon-green long-sleeved shirts gathered at Friendship Park on the morning of October 22 for the kickoff to the second annual Fall Overhaul event. The shirts were provided to each employee for participating in the event.
Fall Overhaul is fall’s version of Earth Day in October, where employees and members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community pick up trash, paint over graffiti and clean up elder members’ yards and the Community cemeteries.
To open the event, SRPMIC President Diane Enos spoke and thanked everyone for participating in the event and for giving back to the Community. The event was coordinated by the SRPMIC Community Development and Community Relations departments, and many others.
Chuck Carlise, who is one of the managing owners of De Rito Partners, the owners of the Scottsdale Pavilions, was on hand to donate a trailer to the Community. It will serve as a mobile storage facility for the tools and equipment used by the Community for future service projects like Earth Day and Fall Overhaul.
Carlise also talked about the future of the Scottsdale Pavilions and a new name concept that they are hoping to use sometime in the near future.
The trailer dedication ceremony included the transfer of the keys from Carlise to President Enos. In turn, Enos presented a five-gallon palo verde tree to Carlise. The tree was donated by Desierto Verde.
Physical Fitness Specialist Jason Seepie from the Salt River Fitness Center led everyone in some calisthenics and stretching exercises before they headed to their assigned areas for cleanup.
Close to 500 employees and volunteers went around both Salt River and Lehi, raking, weeding and cleaning up debris and trash. They focused on cleaning the yards of elder Community members, as well as the cemeteries and roadsides with a high volume of traffic.
“Everything went better than expected with all the planning and work that went into this event,” said Scott Peterson, one of three members of the Fall Overhaul planning committee.
Community member and senior Ron Mack was one of several elders who had his yard cleaned. “I was very pleased to have the employees come to my house and clean my yard,” said Mack. Defense Advocate and Community Relations staff teamed up and cleaned both the front and back of Mack’s home.
“I had asked for my home to be cleaned not too long ago and no one ever came,” said Mack. “I’m very happy and thankful to the ones who cleaned my yard today.” Mack said last year juveniles from the Department of Corrections cleaned up his yard and he was very thankful to them as well.