January 2024


2023 generosity propels programming in 2024

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We are extremely thankful to the more than 2,200 donors who made a gift to SAY Detroit in 2023. It is because of you, our donors, and volunteers, that SAY Detroit can do so much good in the Detroit area, focusing on learning, health care, and housing.

We have a lot to be thankful for this winter as we open the doors to the new Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center on the campus of the SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park (SAY Play).

I am most looking forward to the additional classrooms, as they will provide SAY Play students and teachers with a more focused learning environment. 

Director of Education, SAY Play

Michigan basketball team visits SAY Play

SAY Play and University of Michigan basketball team (Stadium and Main Foundation) partnered to offer a free basketball clinic to local youth and SAY Play students in December.

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Let’s gooo!

SAY Detroit is proud of our Detroit Lions and the relationship we have shared with two great NFL quarterbacks.

Jared Goff generously donated signed footballs to the 2023 SAY Detroit Radiothon with Mitch Albom. Auction winner and SAY Detroit donor John Patrico gifted the signed football to his 7-year-old grandson. The gift was a huge success and a favorite item for this young Lions fan.

Matthew Stafford’s fan base took it upon themselves to donate to SAY Detroit in honor of the Stafford family after the Jan. 14 game and helped raise $4,700 in just one day.

The Staffords are close friends of SAY Detroit and have donated their time and dollars to SAY Play, most recently with a $1 million donation to the Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center, a nearly 15,000 sq. ft. expansion to SAY Play. Stafford Field is a fan favorite with SAY Play students who spend countless hours running drills and playing games outside on the turf. Kelly and the girls visited SAY Play before the Lions vs. Rams game on Sunday, Jan. 14.

First Wellness Wednesday of 2024

The SAY Detroit Health Clinic hosted its first Wellness Wednesday of 2024 on January 17 at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center in Highland Park. The topic was preventative care.

SAY Clinic’s Nurse Practitioner, Carla Butcher, encouraged participants to have their glucose levels and blood pressure taken at the luncheon and shared a checklist on preventative care. The next Wellness Wednesday is set for February 21 and will focus on community resources. Read more ››

Made Better for Better 

Brown Bag Popcorn is air popped without oil, which means less fat. Handcrafted from non-GMO corn, every kernel of profit supports people in need through SAY Detroit. If you missed National Popcorn Day on January 19, don’t worry — Brown Bag Popcorn is celebrating the ultimate treat until February 14 with an exclusive discount for donors like you. Use checkout code SAYPOPCORNDAY at brownbagpopcorn.com to save 20% off your entire order. 

They’ve got a flavor for every sentiment but be sure to order your Valentine’s gifts by February 5 for on-time delivery.

Save the Date: EAT Detroit 2024

Prep those taste buds. EAT Detroit is Tuesday, June 18. Stay-tuned for more details!

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