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County honors renowned costume designer James May

DATE:  October 29, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4163

Media, Pa – At your local community day or parade, you may have seen the newest member of the Delaware County Office of the District Attorney.  “CID” the District Attorney’s police dog mascot was introduced to residents over the summer and has been making appearances ever since as part of the District Attorney’s anti-crime educational initiatives for children. The life-like German Shepard costume was uniquely designed and donated by long-time Delaware County resident and renowned costume designer, James May of Ridley Township.

In appreciation for his generous contribution, James May received a resolution from Delaware County Council and was recognized by District Attorney Jack Whelan at the council meeting on October 29 which took place at Ridley High School. He was recognized for his contribution to public safety for Delaware County residents and commitment to fight crime through educational awareness.

“We are proud to have had James May Costume Company as a longstanding tradition here in Delaware County and we comment him and his family for the many contributions they have made to the community over the years,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan.

For 44 years James May and his family have been supplying top of the line custom-tailored outfits for well-known entertainers such as the Mummers, Disney on Ice, and New York City broad-way show performers. May started his career 52 years ago as a bridal gown designer, which is something he continues to do this day at his shop located on Macdade Boulevard in Folsom. Each year the mummers bring in their designs and sketches to May. Prototypes are made in the late spring, and full costume production begins in August.

Even with his busy schedule, May carved out hours of his time to create a unique design for the District Attorney’s dog mascot, complete with a wardrobe including a police uniform and seasonal outfits for the holidays. Worth more than $5,000, May donated the mascot to the Office of the District Attorney.  May has been generously giving back to Ridley Township for many years. He donates costumes to Ridley High School’s Drama Club and awards four partial scholarships a year to Ridley High School theatre students.

With the purpose to engage young residents in a fun and interactive way, the German Shepard mascot goes out into the community with an anti-crime message addressing public safety issues for children such as Internet safety, the dangers of online predators, bullying, and illegal drugs. Another goal is to build on the relationship between police and the community. Since his debut at the County’s Summer Concert Series in July, District Attorney Jack Whelan and “CID” have attended several community events including Chester’s Safe Corridors, playground cleanups, schools and concerts at Rose Tree Park where children and their parents were able to interact with detectives and take pictures with the friendly, lovable fuzzy canine.


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