Marking a Memorable Year: Winter

“525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes — how do you measure, measure a year?”

Seasons of Love from RENT

So many events happen over the course of 365 days. And usually by the time you reach week 52, it’s hard to remember what happened during week one. We feel extremely blessed to be woven into the fabric of many close-knit communities throughout Michigan. In 2010, we formed new relationships and continued to build off of well-established partnerships. But whether new or old, our ability to reach out and help those in need has been humbling, and above all, a great honor. 

Here’s part one of how we spent the seasons of our year:

Daytime Stars Shine Bright

During the gray days of January, “Days of our Lives” stars Nadia Bjorlin and Shawn Christian brought rays of California sunshine when they lent their support and time with us at Genesis House III. Part of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), Genesis House is committed to helping woman and children in Detroit transition to a better life. Nadia and Shawn also treated fans to autograph sessions at our Tech, Taylor, Novi, and Lakeside stores in exchange for guests bringing in toiletries and other items for Genesis House III.

Then, they headed out with Art Van President, Gary Van, to deliver 50 mattress sets, bed frames, night stands, and dressers.

To see more pictures from this special day, head over to our Facebook page.

Have a Little Faith

Four years ago when Detroit hosted Super Bowl XL, best-selling author and respected journalist Mitch Albom was disturbed by how the homeless were being treated to a “party” to keep them off the streets during the big weekend, but would be forced to fend for themselves again come Monday. So, Mitch created S.A.Y Detroit (Super All Year Detroit). Now a fully-formed 501© (3) charity, it distributes money to shelters in Detroit for projects specifically designed to help the plight of those in need.

We had an opportunity to help Mitch raise funds for his organization by hosting a party. Mitch, his co-host Ken Brown, and the rest of the hardworking news talk News/Talk 760 WJR radio team broadcast The Mitch Albom Show from our Tech Plaza. Afterwards, we held a cocktail party for 500 guests, where Mitch graciously signed copies of his book, “Have a Little Faith,” before speaking to the crowd. Together, we were able to raise over $22,000 from this event for the S.A.Y Detroit.

Share the Magic

On a brisk February morning, we opened our Tech atrium to WMGC-105.1 FM, for a live broadcast to help raise donations and awareness for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, thirty percent of the people who visit homeless shelters or soup kitchens are families with children. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen provides assistance to these families, serving the poor who suffer from the lack of basic human needs, such as food, clothing, and household necessities. They also address psychological and social needs, and help provide motivation, self-esteem, and rehabilitation, working to build support systems and meaningful relationships.

Next up: Spring


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