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Baseball + A Great Cause = A Fundraiser Worth Supporting

Few things offer a 100 percent guarantee anymore. Except maybe one…If you donate to Cornerstone Schools’ “Be A Tiger For Kids” event, every cent goes toward giving a Detroit child a top-notch education.

Like that one? I though you would.

I’m a big supporter for any Detroit-based school that promises high academic achievement, small class sizes, an 11-month school year and a 95 percent high-school graduation rate. That is why I want to tell you a little bit about Cornerstone.

First, there’s the dynamic President and CEO Ernestine Sanders. Look, if you want to get fired up, talk to this lady. She is changing Detroit’s educational outlook the proverbial one kid at a time. And she’s having a great time in the process. That is where the Aug. 16 Tigers game comes in.

Second, this is a really progressive school. Sanders gets it – Detroit needs entrepreneurs. So the school is doing a little something called the Leadership and Business high school. Every student will have an internship. Every kid will work at a college level. And, once a month, the school will sponsor a “CEO Saturday,” bringing in a local success story to talk to the school community. I dig this deeply, and I’m hoping you do, too.

Back to “Be A Tiger For Kids.” For $50 to $250 per person, you will enjoy an evening of fun, food and a Detroit Tigers game, while helping provide much-needed scholarship assistance to the children of Cornerstone Schools.

That’s a good deal considering your precious entertainment budget will ensure many of the more than 1,400 Detroit children who attend Cornerstone Schools and Cornerstone Charter Schools every year receive an excellent education. Hey – these kids are playing the violin in third grade and learning Mandarin in high school. That’s good stuff.

The family-friendly event starts at 4:30 p.m. at Comerica Park. The sixth annual get-together starts with a Rock-N-Roar tailgate in Lot 4. There, you will be stuffed to the gills thanks to Andiamo’s yummy Italian food. You will be serenaded by the Simone Vitale band. And you can enjoy it in relative peace because the kids will be entertained by face painters, balloon artists, games and more.

Cornerstone kids will be featured in a special opening ceremony, during which they will sing the National Anthem. (“It’s so powerful,” Sanders said of previous performances.) The game between the Tigers and division rivals Minnesota Twins will start promptly at 7:05 p.m.

“It is a great opportunity for our families and friends who support Cornerstone to come together for some fun while helping to meet our fund-raising goals,” Sanders said. Last year, some 5,500 people came to the event – and they need even more this year.

Why? Because it means big money for the school. The Wheeler Family Foundation and an anonymous donor has issued a grant challenge to provide a $100,000 grant if “Be a Tiger for Kids” raises at least $400,000. Forget Kickstarter for a week, and consider spending a portion of your paycheck to make this happen.

“It all goes to our kids and a city school doing good work,” Sanders said. “We’re hoping to engage the community around this effort. … It’s quite an opportunity and every student deserves that.”

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