Launching Radiothon Giving: Here’s How Generosity Gives Hope

November 30, 2023

Thanks to your quick action, we met the generous match challenge from the Van Elslander Family Foundation in just 3 days, doubling our early fundraising more than a week before the radiothon begins.

We achieved 113% of our goal, raising $28,449 from 131 donors! 

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What a sentence to write and read, and we are grateful to you for responding so enthusiastically to our call to begin the celebration a little early. Just yesterday evening, SAY Detroit Play Center student Allison Woodard joined the Mitch Albom Show live on WJR to share an update on our progress. (Pictured above is a behind the scenes look as Allison calls in to WJR from SAY Play)

At just 17 and a high school junior at Cass Tech, Allison was a media “pro” and kept up with the whole show crew.* Allison joined SAY Play in 2017, expressing an early interest in media production in the Notes for Notes studio, where she participated in a news-style project called “Kids Perspective Network.”

That interest in reporting what people were doing, she explains, shifted to a desire to learn and understand how people are doing. With the goal of becoming a psychiatrist, she hopes to attend Wayne State University to complete her bachelor’s in psychology and fulfill her pre-med requirement, then advance to the University of Michigan** for medical school.

She currently serves as a student tutor in The DEEP [Digital Educational Enrichment Program], helping her peers and younger members with homework, reading, and other academic study.

 “I have found enjoyment in connecting with high schoolers. I hope to work with unseen youth in the City of Detroit. I want to be able to help those in need.”


Paying it forward. That’s what you’re doing when you give to SAY Detroit, which in turn helps more students like Allison, who want to turn the opportunities they have been given into a mission to help their community.  SAY Play’s core values are love, hard work, excellence, and relationships. Allison embodies them, and all of our students and staff commit to living them every day.

Don’t worry if you missed her on the air — she’ll be back next week during the radiothon to share more about her experience at SAY Play. We hope you’ll help us keep the momentum going as we head into Thursday’s event.

Your gift today will be recognized in the official radiothon tote board!

» The radiothon is live from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on December 7.

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