June 2023


SAY Play Expansion in Progress

The Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center on the grounds of the SAY Detroit Play Center is well underway. The backhoes and cement trucks are on the property. The water pipes and electrical lines have been dug and foundations are in. We are so close, we are picking out paint colors.

Thanks to $1 million dollar gifts each from Matthew and Kelly Stafford, the A.A. Van Eslander Foundation and the Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation, our vision to expand the premier learning center became a reality. 

More than 1,113 of you made donations to provide additional classroom space, learning labs, and a theater. The new space will help SAY Detroit host a growing and diverse range of programming for Detroit children, teens and adults.

Did you say “SAY Play?”

Ernie Johnson, Jr., co-host of “Inside the NBA” was a featured guest during the SAY Detroit Radiothon with Mitch Albom in December 2022. He offered a custom video greeting from himself and his cohosts as an auction item – a SAY Play donor purchased the opportunity and donated it back to the SAY Play. We are thrilled to have Ernie Johnson, Jr., Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley help us share the good things happening at the SAY Detroit Play Center. Take a look:

EAT Detroit returns tonight!

We expect more than 1000 people to join us for EAT Detroit, an event designed to showcase our city’s diverse culinary scene while helping our most underserved citizens. Our guests will sample food and drinks from more than 20 restaurants throughout the city. Tune into our social channels for live updates and perhaps even a Mitch Albom sighting!

Diabetes prevention focal point of new programming

Yesterday, the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic launched the Diabetes Prevention Program open to patients and community members who are “at risk” for developing type 2 diabetes. Race and ethnicity play a large role in one’s likely hood of developing type 2 diabetes, with Non-Hispanic Blacks at the top with a 12.1% risk.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations helping patients prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. 

The yearlong program begins with 16 weekly sessions (in person at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center in Highland Park). The following sessions are held once monthly to support patients to be more active, eat healthy, lose weight, manage stress, and stay motivated.  


Summer’s here!

Celebrate the summer months with Mitch Albom’s Detroit Water Ice and Brown Bag Popcorn! Whether you need that special catered dessert table for your next party or a fun snack for your family, Detroit Water Ice and Brown Bag Popcorn have you covered. Plus, all proceeds go to support SAY Detroit programs and we LOVE that!

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