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Sharing the Giving: More than $1 Million Given to Detroit Charities

Sharing the Giving: More than $1 Million Given to Detroit Charities

DETROIT, March 27, 2018 — Representatives from 22 area charities accepted checks totaling nearly $1.25 million on Tuesday from donations raised at Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December.

The ceremony at the Fisher Building, which included six first-time recipients, has become S.A.Y. Detroit’s favorite day of the year, said Albom, who distributed the funds to the benefitting charities with Dr. Chad Audi and representatives from major sponsor organizations, and supporters. Audi is president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which is S.A.Y. Detroit’s operating partner.

“It’s really the generosity of the people who gave to our Radiothon — some even $5 or $10 contributions, all the way up to large corporate gifts — that we are sharing with worthy charities around Detroit,” said Albom, who founded the S.A.Y. Detroit nonprofit in 2006. “It’s our honor and pleasure to do so each year.”

Funds were distributed to the following charities:

  • S.A.Y Detroit Play Center, $565,000
  • S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, $300,000;
  • Working Homes Working Families, $100,000;
  • S.A.Y. Detroit Tomorrow Fund (endowment), $100,000;
  • College for Creative Studies/Detroit Dream Scholars, $30,000;
  • Cass Community Social Services, $25,000;
  • Bing Youth Institute, $10,000;
  • Humble Design, $10,000;
  • Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, $10,000;
  • COTS/Bright Beginnings, $10,000;
  • SASHA Center, $10,000;
  • Michigan Veterans Foundation, $10,000;
  • LA SED INC., $10,000;
  • *Notes for Notes, $7,500;
  • Real Life My Music, $7,500;
  • *D2N/EVO Detroit, $7,500;
  • United Sisters of Charity/Mother Batie’s Kitchen, $6,000;
  • Hole in the Roof Foundation/*Grace Episcopal, $5,000;
  • Veterans Matter, $5,000;
  • *Art Road, $5,000;
  • *Friendship Circle/Farber Soul Center, $5,000;
  • JVS, $5,000;
  • *Buckets of Rain, $3,000.

(* Denotes 1st-time recipient).

Albom also announced the expansion of S.A.Y. Detroit’s Board of Directors. The 11 members are: Dennis Archer, Cynthia Ford, Carmen Harlan, Judge Damon Keith, Rob Orley, Al Papa, David Provost, Charles Rothstein, Arn Tellem, Albom and Audi. A new advisory board will be announced soon.

“We’re so pleased to form the expanded board of S.A.Y. Detroit, which reflects a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and history,” Albom said. “I’m proud to be working with them and have great confidence that they will help steer S.A.Y. Detroit into the future and even greater level of effectiveness to help the needy in our city.’’

The 2018 Radiothon is Dec. 6 at the Somerset Collection in Troy.

$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to 20 Charities

$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to 20 Charities

Representatives from 20 area charities accepted checks totaling more than $1 million on Tuesday from donations raised at Mitch Albom’s fifth annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December.

The ceremony at the Fisher Building included several first-time beneficiaries, including the Bing Youth Institute — a mentoring program for urban youth created by former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing.

Albom, who founded S.A.Y. Detroit in 2006, presented the checks to the benefiting charities with Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, along with representatives of several major donor organizations. (more…)

Dream Scholar Wins Grand Prix Poster Competition

Dream Scholar Wins Grand Prix Poster Competition

GP016-2016-Grand-Prix-Poster.2_grandeThe winning poster design for Belle Isle Grand Prix’s Spring 2016 design competition belongs to D’mitri Moore, a senior at CCS and recipient of a Dream Scholars scholarship. Moore, who is considering a future career in advertising, told the Detroit Free Press, “I wanted to capture the essence of racing, the color, the textures, the vibes and the sounds that make the sport so special, so different. I think the poster conveys emotion and style.”

For more on Belle Isle’s competition, click here.

To learn more about the Detroit Dream Scholars, click here.

Detroit Charities Rewarded

Detroit Charities Rewarded

DETROIT, March 26 – More than a dozen Detroit charities were grateful recipients of more than $400,000 in donations distributed from Mitch Albom’s “S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit Radiothon.”  The monies were collected in a single 15-hour broadcast last December at the Somerset Collection in Troy.

Albom handed out 14 oversized checks at a ceremony held at WJR Radio in Detroit’s FisherBuilding Wednesday morning.  With him was Dr. Chad Audi of the Detroit Rescue Mission, which facilitates the “S.A.Y. Detroit” charity founded by Albom in 2006. (more…)

Detroit Dream Scholars Reception 2013

Detroit Dream Scholars Reception 2013

On September 19th, Mitch met with seven Detroit Dream Scholars at a reception at the Center Galleries at the College for Creative Studies. The event served not only to celebrate the work of current Dream Scholars, but also to work towards the goal of having twelve Dream Scholars–a “Detroit Dozen.” (more…)

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