Don Bosco Hall and the Detroit Tigers Foundation host 12th Annual Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids at Comerica Park, July 1
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Don Bosco Hall and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, today announced that registration for the 12th Annual Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids is now open. The baseball challenge will be held 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, July 1 at Comerica Park. More than 450 urban and suburban children ages 5 – 15 will have the opportunity to compete in a baseball competition that includes base running, hitting and throwing. Additionally, the children will participate in baseball demonstration clinics.
“Batting for Kids is a fantastic day of fun, providing kids with the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamentals of baseball and enjoy an active day outdoors,” said Charles D. Small, president and CEO of Don Bosco Hall. “It is such a joy to see kids of all ages participating in America’s favorite pastime.”
Registration is $25 per child with limited space available. The deadline to register is Sunday, June 30. Event proceeds will benefit Don Bosco Hall, a 60-year-old human service agency that provides social service programs to enhance the lives of local youth and their families.
The registration fee includes participation in the baseball competition, an event T-shirt, a souvenir baseball glove, a continental breakfast provided by Panerea Bread and lunch provided by Ballpark Brands and Pepsi. The top boy and girl in each age division will be invited back to Comerica Park to be recognized in a Tigers pre-game ceremony on July 30, where they will be awarded individual trophies. The Tigers take on the Washington Nationals that evening at 7:08 p.m.
“The Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Tigers Foundation are proud to partner with Don Bosco Hall for the 12th Annual Willie Horton’s Batting For Kids,” said Jordan Field, Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation. “We look forward to sharing our passion for baseball with the kids as they enjoy a fun-filled day at Comerica Park.”
Opportunities to support underprivileged children include $25.00 camperships, which help send a deserving child to the “Batting for Kids” event, and corporate sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $10,000. For more information about becoming a sponsor or to register a child to compete, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.donboscohall.org" www.donboscohall.org or call (313) 869-2200.
Event corporate sponsors and corporate volunteers include: the Detroit Tigers Foundation, The Center for Youth and Families, DTE Energy, Comerica Bank, The CW-50, Detroit Tigers, Inc., Health Alliance Plan, Beaumont, Turner & Turner, WWJ, Flagstar Bank Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Pepsi and Ballpark Brands.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 12:39
Detroit VA Healthcare System, Macomb Community College, State of Michigan to Host Celebration and “Welcome Home” for Veterans
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The Detroit VA Healthcare System will join Macomb Community College and the State of Michigan’s Military Veterans Affairs Agency to host a day-long Veterans Celebration & Welcome Home Reception at the college in Clinton Township.
The event will take place on June 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Lorenzo Cultural Center (K Building), 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township. Veterans of all eras are invited to attend, along with their families.
“Welcome Home events are great in terms of allowing us to meet with Veterans and inform them about the services available to them both here at the medical center and throughout the state,” said Dr. Pamela Reeves, Medical Center Director. “So often, Veterans come home after serving and they are unaware of their benefits, the steps they must go through to apply, health care here at the medical center and more. This gives us a chance to answer so many of their questions and realize their needs in one place, at one time.”
Dr. Reeves also noted that a Welcome Home event is a chance for Veterans to meet one-on-one with Veterans who can help them navigate the process. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with both Macomb Community College and the State of Michigan on this event.”
Also on-hand will be staff from Macomb Community College and Oakland University to speak to Veterans on the Post 9-11 GI Bill and other programs available to them. The Veterans Services Division of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency will assist Veterans and their eligible spouses who are seeking employment or looking to start a business.
This event is free to all Veterans and pre-registration is not necessary.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:00
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Prevent Blindness America, the nation's oldest non-profit, eye health and safety organization, is launching the third annual "Most Beautiful Eyes Contest" today. The contest allows children across the United States the chance to win a $10,000 educational scholarship from Marchon Eyewear.
From now through July 31, 2013, parents of children ages zero to 17 are encouraged to enter their child in the Prevent Blindness America Most Beautiful Eyes Contest by submitting a photo to the Prevent Blindness America Facebook page at facebook.com/preventblindness. Only one contestant per Facebook account may be entered. The contest is sponsored by Marchon Eyewear, Real Kids Shades (RKS), Eagle Eyes® Optics and Walters Golf.
From August 1-31, the public will be encouraged to place online votes, once every 24 hours, for their choice of the child with the most beautiful eyes. Each contestant who receives the most votes from each state, (void where prohibited), will advance to the second round of voting. All state winners will receive a free pair of RKS sunglasses and a copy of the children's book "Jacob's Eye Patch" by Beth Kobliner Shaw and her nine-year-old son Jacob Shaw.
"We encourage parents from all over the country to enter their child's photo today for a chance to win the $10,000 scholarship prize as well as great prizes for all of our state winners!" said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America.
Once the state winners are determined, the PBA celebrity panel of judges will select the national winner. Included on the panel are ORA-TV's Larry King, "Fox NFL Sunday" Host Curt Menefee, actress Barbara Eden, and author and financial journalist Beth Kobliner Shaw, whose forthcoming book "Jacob's Eye Patch" speaks to what it is like to be a child with a vision problem.
The national winner and two family members will also enjoy a weekend in Chicago to attend the Prevent Blindness America Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, where the $10,000 educational scholarship will be officially presented.
The 2012 winner of the Most Beautiful Eyes Contest was Ava Lloyd, age 4, of South Dakota. The 2011 national winner was Kayla Helferich, then age 8, of South Carolina.
For more information about the Most Beautiful Eyes Contest or general children's eye health and safety, please visit Prevent Blindness America online at preventblindness.org or call (800) 331-2020.
About Prevent Blindness America
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates and regional offices, Prevent Blindness America is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 15:41
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
Meadow Brook Hall. Photo courtesy Oakland University
Youngsters from third to 12th grade can participate in a variety of writing camps on the campus of Oakland University this summer. The various youth writing camps, hosted by the Meadow Brook Writing Project, are being held in "America's Castle," the Meadow Brook mansion.
According to the Oakland University website, young authors will interact with award-winning, specially-trained experts in the field of writing. Collaborative teaching teams consist of K-12 writing teachers and Oakland University faculty from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. All are alumni of Meadow Brook Writing Project's Summer Institute, an intensive writer's workshop for master teachers involved in the National Writing Project. All camp teachers are involved in continuing education through the NWP conferences, publications, and teacher-training workshops.
Young authors of all ages will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents and workshop with fellow writers in their age group.
Programs are as follows:
Grades 3-5: Developing authors: Different genres of prose and poetry will be explored using mentor texts in historical fiction, fantasy, folklore and biographical origins.
Grades 6-8: Maturing authors. Students will be engaged in poetry and prose in genres such as gothic, fantasy, historical and personal narrative.
Grades 9-12: Advanced writing opportunities will include challenging poetry and prose in genres such as gothic, fantasy, historical and fan fiction, along with narrative reflections.
For all groups, one day of camp will be spent at OU rendering one of their works into an orally narrated digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week's camp.
The following camps are currently being offered (other "letters" have either concluded or have reached capacity):
Camp C, Grades 3-5 and grades 6-8; July 8-12; 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Camp E, Grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. July 22-26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Camp F; Grades 3-5; July 29- August 2; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Camp G, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12; August 5-9; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Meadow Brook Writing Project (MBWP) is a partnership between Oakland University and local schools, including Detroit Public Schools, Macomb County schools, Oakland Community College and the Public School Academies of Oakland University. The Meadow Brook Writing Project is also a site of the National Writing Project and is affiliated with the Urban Sites Network.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:36
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Detroit, MI - Thursday, June 27, 2013 is National HIV Testing Day; this is an annual observance. The goal of the day is to encourage individuals to get tested, as early diagnosis of the disease is imperative to survival.
S.T.A.R. Foundation is grateful for the outpour of support and collaboration to make this day successful; numbers count!
On this day, S.T.A.R. in conjunction with R & B Songstress/Writer Kelly Price, Actress Malinda Williams, Actor/Producer Trae Ireland, The Horizons Project, Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State University School of Medicine ~ Co-Curricular Program, AIDS Walk Detroit, Bristol-Myers, AIDS Partnership Michigan and SEMHAC will conduct FREE HIV testing open to the public at Youthville Detroit from noon until 4:00 p.m.
If you missed last year's initiative, you won't want to miss it this year; food, fun, entertainment, freebies and testing! What better way to start your day of healthy living ... this is the first step!
7375 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Over the last 10 years, S.T.A.R. Foundation’s mission has provided a foundation of self-respect within girls and young adults through mentoring, educating, and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which incorporates HIV/AIDS & STD prevention. We’ve addressed gaps in service and advocacy by using popular youth culture to effectively communicate life-saving messages.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 10:54
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