I like many things about Detroit but one of the things I’ve always admired is how people in this region band together to help those in need. The needs are even greater this holiday season and many people and organizations are reaching out with open arms.
Many of Detroit’s sports stars and the five-time Heavyweight Champion of the World are among those opening their arms.
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield will donate funds from each ticket sold from his upcoming World Federation Heavyweight Title Fight against Sherman Williams to Forgotten Harvest. The money will raise funds to provide meals to hungry Metro Detroiters. It is estimated the fight could generate enough money to provide up to two million meals.
The Need Continues To Grow
What’s so scary is the need continues to grow. A recent Detroit News story said that by 2013, according to the United Way For Southeastern Michigan, one in four people in Metro Detroit will experience hunger. Their calculation is based on poverty and unemployment projections.
“The most important piece of Evander choosing to come to Detroit is his willingness to use his celebrity to bring attention to our hunger crisis and give selflessly to the people of our region,” said Russ Russell, Forgotten Harvest chief development officer. “He saw our need and reacted.”
How You Can Help Fight Back Against Hunger
The fight is December 9 at “The Joe.” Tickets are on sale now ($33, $53, $78 and $253) and may 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. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.
If you can’t make the fight and chose to watch it on TV, you can donate via text during the fight by texting the word HARVEST to the number 50555. Of course, you can also go directly to the Forgotten Harvest’s website at www.forgottenharvest.org to donate.
Dodge has also partnered with Holyfield and Forgotten Harvest and serves as the exclusive automotive sponsor for the event.
Meet Your Sports Heroes And Beat Hunger
Also on December 9 is the Second Annual Adopting Families for the Holidays charity event. Done in partnership with Volunteers of America and the NBA/NFL Players of Detroit Athletes, this program matches families in need with individual and/or corporate sponsors who “adopt” them for the holidays. Donations received by sponsors provide new clothes, toys or a gift for each child and food for the whole family.
Athletes scheduled to attend include Detroit Lions four- time All-Pro wide-receiver Herman Moore, seven-time All Pro and Super Bowl champion Lomas Brown, current standouts Kevin Smith, Cliff Avril, Louis Delmas, Derrick Williams and other active Detroit Lions players. Detroit Red Wings players Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and rookie Jakub Kindl will also be there along with Detroit Pistons Bad Boy Rick Mahorn.
This year, with the support of companies such as Stonebridge Financial Partners LLC., HOUR DETROIT Magazine, Fathead, Quicken Loans, Henry Ford Health Systems, The Diamond Vault of Troy, DC Sports and more, this will be the largest holiday fundraiser yet for Volunteers of America Michigan.
A $75 general admission ticket gets you into the event and the food is to be provided by Big Rock/The Reserve. Also, there will be music and mingling with your Detroit athletes and event gift bags as well.
The $150 VIP ticket lets your hob knob with the stars at a private reception before the doors open and includes a private autograph signing from 10 of the attending athletes.
The event is at The Reserve in Birmingham (210 S. Eaton Street). It will be hosted by Terry Foster, voice of The Ticket at 97.1 on your radio.
Go to http://athletesadoptingfamilies.com for more details. December 9 is going to be a great day for doing good things.