News & Updates from S.A.Y. Detroit

Lucky 7 Radiothon Raises $1,278,602.00

Lucky 7 Radiothon Raises $1,278,602.00

For the fourth year in a row, the SAY Detroit Radiothon broke the $1 million dollar mark in funds raised during a marathon 15-hour broadcast. Held Thursday, December 6 in the North Grand Court at the Somerset Collection in Troy, the radiothon was broadcast live on WJR 760AM and streamed across the web at,,, and on Facebook. In its seventh year, the Radiothon has raised over $4.5 million, including a record $1,261,000 in donations in 2017.

“The thing that strikes me the most is the continued kindness that surrounds this effort from the people who let us use Somerset, to the volunteers who work the phone banks, to all the celebrities, sports figures and entertainers who agree year after year to come on, to all the people who continue to donate,” said Albom, who founded SAY Detroit in 2006. “As a result, we’ve been able to do some amazing things at SAY Detroit. We took a quantum leap this past year, with a deep and experienced new board of directors with a vision towards cementing the efforts that we do in the city right now and securing their future long term.

This year’s list of guests included Hugh Jackman, JK Simmons, Jane Pauley, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Phil, Hank Azaria, Paul Stanley, Lily Tomlin, Will Arnett, John Pizzarelli, Grant Hill, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Bradley Whitford, Sawyer Fredericks, Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Dave Barry, Adam Schefter, KEM, and Howard Schultz.

Closer to home, Mike Duggan, Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire, Pistons Coach Dwane Casey, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Gibson, Tom Izzo, Jim Harbaugh, Dave Bing, Blake Griffin, and many local news personalities including Roop Raj, Amy Lange, Brad Galli, Carman Harlan, and Bernie Smilovitz.

Hourly sponsors included The Suburban Collection, General Motors, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Michigan Center for Fertility & Women’s Health, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Cooper Standard, Michigan Masonic, Charitable Foundation, Art Van Furniture, St. Nicholas Troy Ladies Philoptochos, Artichoke Garlic Foundation, Emagine Entertainment, Somerset Collection, Health Partners Inc., and the Singing for Change Foundation. Additonal sponsors include Diamabrush, Toyota, W.K. Kellogg, and Trinity Health.

For those who missed the opportunity to donate, bid on auctions, or buy incentive premiums during the broadcast have the opportunity to make donations and purchases through the weekend at

Masons into Orbit at SAY Play

Masons into Orbit at SAY Play

Nearly two dozen Masons from Michigan Masonic lodges across the state, including members of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, spent part of the afternoon at SAY Detroit’s after-school academic enrichment center on Detroit’s northeast side. They joined the students at a pizza luncheon, with pizza generously provided by Little Caesars, and observed and participated in a robotics demonstration, where our FTC and FLL teams walked the Masons through this year’s robotic challenge: identifying a human, physical or social problem faced during a long duration space exploration, and their solutions, as well as their robotic design and programming.

The day concluded with the Masons’ presenting SAY Detroit with its third installment of 10-year, $5 million pledge for continued support of the nonprofit. SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom hosted the festivities, and later some Michigan Masons members on his radio show on WJR.

Bank of America Supports SAY Detroit Initiatives

Bank of America Supports SAY Detroit Initiatives

SAY Detroit is a proud recipient of a Bank of America Charitable Foundation award this year. Today during Bank of America’s Detroit Give 2018 charity tour, we welcomed members of their group at our SAY Play Center at Lipke Park, where they spent time learning more about our academic enrichment center and how Bank of America can be involved in what we do. Terrific partnership is in the works! Thank you #MiBofA


Filoxenia and More, Thanks to St. Nicholas

Filoxenia and More, Thanks to St. Nicholas

It was called “An Evening With Mitch Albom’’ but it was really all about SAY Detroit.

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy held a fundraiser on Saturday night to benefit SAY Detroit’s umbrella of programs and projects to help Detroit’s neediest citizens.

The event featured food, wine, music, fellowship — and plenty of fun and games, such as a silent auction, wine and spirits grab, and strings of “SAY to Play Beads” that were sold for participation in a heads-or-tails game on the stage floor.

SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom signed books and thanked sponsors at a VIP reception prior to giving a presentation about the 12-year-old nonprofit, which drew a standing ovation. He also shared stories about his time as a young musician living on the island of Crete in Greece in the 1970s.

Among the silent auction items was a package donated by Albom and Marc Rosenthal that fetched $1,075: An opportunity for the winner and up to three guests to sit in during a live broadcast of The Mitch Albom Show on WJR-760AM and receive a tour of the studio.

Jennifer Hammond of FOX 2 Detroit emceed the evening. SAY Detroit would like to thank the organizing committee that staged the event, including Andrea Feles-Katsimbaris, Melanie Feles, Laurel Kalkanis, Angelique Chengelis, Tina Robert and Katina Cloutier, as well as Fr. Stratton, Father Mike and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit.

Representatives from St. Nicholas will appear with Albom during SAY Detroit’s annual Radiothon on Dec. 6 at Somerset Collection in Troy, where the group will present the nonprofit with a check from proceeds from the fundraiser.

An Evening with Mitch Albom Fundraiser

An Evening with Mitch Albom Fundraiser

The St. Nicholas Philoptochos is excited to host this special event with Mitch Albom, benefiting SAY Detroit.

Please join us for this Amazing night of cocktails, strolling dinner , silent auction and more!

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Doors open at 6pm

Silent Auction from 6-10pm

Drinks & Strolling Dinner

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Just the Right Workforce For This New Playscape

Just the Right Workforce For This New Playscape

DETROIT — Where there’s a need there’s a way.

That pretty much sums up the longtime partnership Cooper Standard has had with SAY Detroit.

As one of the nonprofit’s major supporters, Cooper Standard has invested and contributed heavily in SAY Detroit’s projects and programs over the years, from the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic to Working Homes/Working Families.

But Cooper Standard’s commitment also includes another major component: its workforce.

On Tuesday, 40 Cooper Standard employees were on the grounds of Cass Community Social Services turning several acres of green space into a playground for children who are housed in the shelter at the nonprofit. The project was under the guidance of Michigan Recreational Construction.

The playground was made possible after a conversation SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom had with Reverend Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community. Albom was volunteering at an A Time to Help event over the summer to benefit Cass Community’s Tiny Homes neighborhood when Fowler told him of her wish list for a nearby parcel of land.

“He came to view the park area and asked if we could use a playscape, and I almost fell down,” Fowler recalled Tuesday. “We had over 500 homeless children at Cass Community last year, and all kids need fresh air, recreation, a place to play. We thank SAY Detroit and Cooper Standard for all of this today.’’

Patrick Clark, vice president of business development at Cooper Standard, said: “At Cooper Standard, this is part of our culture — to give to the community we’re in. This is the third project we’ve done (for SAY Detroit) this year. We have a good partnership and from our side, the partnership continues to grow.”

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