Volunteer scores big

Mich. sports fan honored for significant charitable contribution

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June 24th, 2019
Fox Run resident Allan Levy recently donated 750 pounds of pop can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was honored as a special guest at the organization’s annual Red Shoe Gala.

Fox Run resident Allan Levy recently donated 750 pounds of pop can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was honored as a special guest at the organization’s annual Red Shoe Gala.

Fox Run resident Allan Levy recently made a very unique donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He gave the charity, which provides temporary housing for the families of critically ill children, a massive collection of 750 pounds of pop can tabs. He collected the 560,000 tabs over the course of six years.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Allan told Fox 2 News. “I’ve just loved it and to be able to help the Ronald McDonald House is priceless.”

Allan’s donation was part of a fundraising competition between the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor and one located near Ohio State University. The competition is fueled by the rivalry between University of Michigan and Ohio State sports fans. Allan is especially inspired to beat Ohio State because he played baseball for Michigan when he was in college. 

“I didn’t give up any runs in college when I pitched for Michigan,” he says. 

A team effort

This was not Allan’s first donation of pop can tabs to charities. He also made a previous donation to Ronald McDonald House and another to a lung cancer organization. Over the years, the massive collections have filled entire rooms at his house. And many people along the way have learned of his efforts and pitched in by giving him tabs.

“The University of Michigan Club of Ann Arbor gave me 400,000, the Kiwanis Club of Brighton gave me about 40,000. I got 30,000 from the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel,” Allan says. “I got them from friends, from former baseball friends and even airline stewardesses.”

After this last huge donation, Allan says he’s decided to retire from the business of collecting pop can tabs because they take up so much space. But people are so accustomed to saving the tabs for him that he amassed another 2,600 after his most recent donation to Ronald McDonald House. He was able to present those to the organization in a fun and unexpected way at their annual Red Shoe Gala in April.

“They have invited me to be special guest,” he said, ahead of the event. “I will surprise them by carrying in a box of these tabs.”

Picking a new team

In January, Allan moved from a condo in Canton, Michigan, to Fox Run. He had been considering making a move to a retirement community, and with winter approaching, he decided to make the move sooner rather than later. 

Allan did his homework on retirement communities before choosing one. He ultimately selected Fox Run because it is not too far from Ann Arbor, where he spends much of his time because of his involvement with the University of Michigan Athletic Department. Fox Run also stood out because of its ample green spaces, which can be enjoyed outdoors as well as viewed from the many glass corridors that connect the residential buildings. 

But Allan says what really set Fox Run apart from the competition is the exceptionally dedicated management team.

“I have over-the-top respect for the skills and the motives of [executive director] Mike McCormick,” Allan says.

That dedication is evidenced in all kinds of things—both small and large—at Fox Run. Allan says the food at the on-site restaurants is of the highest quality, and even things like the flowers planted outside show that the staff truly cares about residents’ experiences. 

“I find it hard to believe that this fine a collection of managers could all wind up at the same place,” Allan says.

The attention to detail carries through down to seemingly small amenities, Allan says, like the ledges in the common area restrooms, where you can set down things you might be carrying before using the bathroom.

“It’s like he can’t do enough, and the people he’s hired and trained can’t do enough to make this the best place possible,” Allan says. “I’m delighted with my choice to move here.”

Allan spends a lot of his free time in Ann Arbor at his beloved alma mater. He is a current member and past president of a University of Michigan booster club and he has season tickets for football, men’s basketball, and hockey games. And he is still very close with the baseball team. He attends most games and even travels sometimes on the team bus on away weekends.

“I go to the baseball games and I heckle the other team as well as encourage Michigan’s players,” he says with a laugh. “I think I have an effect—at least the coach tells me I do.”

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