Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) – General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and his wife Karin, are donating $300,000 to Capuchin Soup Kitchen to kick off the 40th Annual SOCK Dinner, sponsored by Buick.
Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis will show off his cooking skills at Friday’s fundraiser.
“It’s going to be a full night of events, singing dancing, eating, just an overall good time with the hopes of being able to raise money to support this soup kitchen’s needs that serves over 2000 warm meals (a day),” said Psilakis.
“It’s really amazing, I give these guys so much credit, to think 2000 people come through these doors everyday, and they are fed is really a remarkable thing. I’m here to do everything I possibly can to support them,” he said.
The dinner starts at 6 p.m., at the Marriott Hotel inside the Renaissance Center GM headquarters in downtown Detroit.
Once billed as the “Men’s Only” Baseball dinner, SOCK first originated in the early summer of 1942. More than one hundred men showed up for the dinner which was held in the old Soup Kitchen building on Mt. Elliott Street.
Each attendee paid five dollars ($5.00) and listened to Connie Mack talk baseball for over two hours.
Over the years such notables as Ted Williams, Casey Stengel, Joe Garagiola, Mickey Mantle and Satchel Paige came to the event to talk baseball.
Read more about the SOCK fundraiser, here.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 15:14
Category: Community Written by Amber Bogins/AJ Williams
Weekend 10: October 19-21
1. 10/19-10/20 The Women of Purpose Women’s Ministry of Serenity Christian Church, under the direction of Pastor Cassandra Harvey, proudly announces the 2012 Thirsting for His Glory Women’s Conference. Friday, October 19, 2012: Night of Praise and Worship, Open and Free to All Saturday October 20, 2012: Conference Begins. Registration is now open! Please go to: http://www.serenitychristianchurch.org/ and click on the Women's Conference Link for registration. REGISTRATION IS $40.00 FOR LADIES 18 AND OVER
2. 10/21 Rhythm and Blues Night at The Ritz at 9pm 23400 Hoover Rd. Warren, MI Come get the Detroit talent experience! Some of Detroit's most talented artists are teaming up with Caddy C Entertainment and The Ritz to bring you the entertainment experience you won't forget! The show will feature JaRay, Detroit's hottest upcoming artist who was featured on 107.5 FM, and has had his single “Good Love” rotating in several different states! Everybody bring your ballroom and hustle skills! Plus, enjoy the creative and inspiring poetry by the evenings host Valentine. Must be 18 or older and you must show ID. There is a full bar, and kitchen will be open! Everything you need, in one place, to have a great night! Admission is $5.
3. 10/20 100 Black Men: 2012 Excellence Award Gala at the Detroit Marriot Hotel in the Renaissance Center This unprecedented affair will celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of metro Detroit’s most prominent leaders and honor them in the areas of leadership, education, community service, mentoring, economic development and health and wellness. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.100blackmendetroit.org
4. 10/21 Visions of our 44th President This collective art was created to honor and celebrate the significance of the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama. Forty-four, busts were created from a model that served as a blank canvas, giving each of the 44 artist from across the country free reign to creatively interpret this milestone in American history. The Visions exhibit opens at eh Wright Museum before becoming the museums first national traveling exhibit, visiting prestigious museums, libraries, universities and galleries across the country. At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit will become a part of the Wright Museum’s permanent collection. To learn more, including how you can support this once-in-a-lifetime undertaking, visit www.VisionsOfOur44thPresident.com.
5. 10/20 Pistons vs. Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills at 7:30. Go online to www.palacenet.com for ticketing information.
6. 10/19 Detroit Public School Championship Game at Ford Field Gates A & G open at 6:30pm; Game starts at 7pm.
7. 10/19 & 10/20 Evil Dead: The Musical at Detroit City Theatre at 8pm both days. Based on Sam Raimi's 80's cult classic films, Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.
8. 10/19-10/21 Greenfield Village is Open at The Henry Ford in Dearborn Let the season begin! Head out to The Henry Ford for some historic fun starting Saturday. Admission is $24/adults, $17.50/ages 5-12 Greenfield Village is located at: Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI Call: 313-982-6001 or go online to www.thehenryford.org
9. Zoo Boo October 12-14 @6pm Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak The Detroit Zoo hosts this annual event, which lets little ones trick-or-treat along a half-mile trail – with dressed characters handing out goodies. $7/ages 2-plus (advance), $10/at gate The Detroit Zoo 8450 W. 10 Mile Road Royal Oak, MI
10. 10/19-10/21 Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music Exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to prelude the arrival of the Broadway smash musical, Fela!, to Music Hall in February, 2012, this exhibition celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a dynamic figure who transcended the boundaries of political expectation and culturally coerced standards of morality. Museum times are as follows: Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Free with museum admission: $8/adults, $5/kids, Free/members and kids under age. Call 313-494-5800 or go online to www.thewright.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 11:05
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) – Just as the sun was starting to rise Friday, Detroit Tigers fans crowded around Comerica Park to get their hands on special edition American League Championship t-shirts and hats.
WWJ’s Mike Campbell reports The D Shop opened at 5 a.m. so fans could be the first to get their clubhouse celebration gear after the Tigers swept the New York Yankees in the ALCS and secured their position in the World Series for the first time since 2006.
After staying up late to celebrate the win, Ron Merowski from Canton added an extra hour onto his morning commute so he could get a championship t-shirt to wear to his job in Wixom.
“I came in early to get the American League Champs shirt. I was up for work and heard it was open so I came on down,” Merowski said.
Nearly 30 minutes after the shop opened, a steady stream of people were entering the store and the same apparel worn by the team during their postgame celebration was flying off the racks.
Ropert Copeland and Kathy Greerer, a couple of DDOT bus drivers who stopped at the shop before heading to work, said the apparel might be costly but it’s definitely worth it.
“As long as they keep Cabrera, Fielder and Verlander here, you know, I’ll pay $35 for a shirt, absolutely,” said Copeland.
And for other fans, money seems to be little or no object. Chuck Unana stopped by the store and left with an overflowing armful of merchandise.
“I got some hats and some shirts for the kids… six hats, four shirts and a couple pennant flags,” Unana said.
The D Shop, which is located at Comerica Park on the corner of Witherell Street and Montcalm Street, is open until 7 p.m. Friday.
Can’t make it to the shop? Don’t worry — you can buy all the same gear online at www.shop.mlb.com.
Specialty items include the 2012 American League Champion t-shirts (adult and youth sizes) and American League Champion hats. Additionally, World Series gear is also available in both men’s and women’s styles.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 09:47
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - The excitement surrounding the Tigers clinching a spot in the World Series has one Detroit resident working to give the city’s image a boost.
Knowing thousands of people would be at Comerica Park Thursday to watch the Tigers take on the New York Yankees in game four of the American League Championship Series, Salvatore Aiello stood outside the ball park, spreading his message about the city – ”Don’t Be Afraid of Detroit” — on t-shirts and wristbands.
“It just makes me happy that I stand out here with these shirts and whether I sell them or not, people see the term and they smile, and they go ‘Ha! Don’t be afraid of Detroit.’ And it kind of hits them ‘You know what? I’m in Detroit right now and yeah, I’ll go home and tonight on the news I might hear about somebody being, something happening that’s bad. But you know what? I was down there today all day with my family and we had a great time,’” Aiello told WWJ’s Beth Fisher.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 09:53
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) One of Detroit’s highest rated schools is hosting a unique event Friday, led by its 88-year-old founder Amelia Wilhelm of Bloomfield Hills.
Willhelm is preparing for a two-mile walk on Belle Isle on October 19th to demonstrate her support for the Detroit Waldorf School—the independent school in Detroit’s historic Indian Village neighborhood that she and her husband, Rudolf, founded 46 years ago and housed in a historic Albert Kahn building.
“Her commitment to walk is a testament to her lifelong dedication to the school that she was instrumental in shaping,” the school said in a press release. “She is an inspiration to the students and a beloved matriarch of the school community, serving on the board of trustees from the school’s beginning to the present day.”
So, what is the Detroit Waldorf school? It’s an independent, non-profit facility in Detroit with a small student body — 126 students in grades K-8 — high standards and commitment to the community. It’s a five-star school on www.greatschools.org.
The Detroit Waldorf School was the city’s only independent school at the time of its inception and is one of two independent schools in Detroit today, a spokesperson said.
“Even as middle-class families fled Detroit for the suburbs, the board and faculty of the Detroit Waldorf School remained steadfast in their commitment to stay in the city,” the school said in a press release.” More recently, in light of the economic challenges facing our community, the school developed a sustainable tuition program to make a Waldorf education accessible to more families.
Parents give it rave reviews.
“I can honestly say you cannot find a better education,” a parent wrote on greatschools.org.
The Detroit Waldorf School Walk-a-Thon is a fundraiser supporting “sustainable tuition”and the curriculum that integrates academics with “rich artistic experiences and practical work to awaken in students a lifelong love of learning.”
Donate to the school HERE.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 09:42
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