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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.

First D.R.Y. Library Opens in the Philippines

First D.R.Y. Library Opens in the Philippines

A children’s library opened Friday in the central Philippines. But it symbolizes so much more than that.

In November 2013, a super typhoon flattened areas of the country, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing thousands more. When author Mitch Albom visited the island nation three months later, touring schools where he saw tents and plywood serving as makeshift walls, he pledged to build 10 libraries in one of the hardest hit regions ravaged by the storm and stock them with books. (more…)

A Hole in the Roof to Help Sacramento Church

A Hole in the Roof to Help Sacramento Church

When Charlotte Coleman submitted an application earlier this year to A Hole in the Roof Foundation on behalf of Christ Temple Apostolic Church, she was stunned by the immediacy of the response.

“Let me tell you, normally that doesn’t happen,” said Coleman, chairperson of the Sacramento, Calif.-based church’s board of directors. “A friend of mine was saying that there has to be someone out there that can help us get over the hump. And when you all responded so quickly we were so grateful. It really pumped us up.” (more…)

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…)

‘D.R.Y.’ Launches to Rebuild Libraries after Typhoon Yolanda

‘D.R.Y.’ Launches to Rebuild Libraries after Typhoon Yolanda

BESTSELLING AUTHOR MITCH ALBOM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE IN PHILIPPINES TO REBUILD LIBRARIES AFTER TYPHOON YOLANDA

Engages dozens of famous writers – including Stephen King, Amy Tan, Jeff Kinney, JK Rowling, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, John Green & more –

 ALBOM will start with $10,000 donation

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 – Author Mitch Albom visited the ravaged Tacloban region of the Philippines Monday to announce a relief effort aimed at students affected by super typhoon Yolanda last November. (more…)

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