Detroit-based journalist, author and broadcaster Mitch Albom formed SAY Detroit in 2006 with a commitment to working in the city’s neighborhoods, providing opportunities and uplifting those in need. Albom created the SAY Detroit Radiothon in 2012 to help raise money for many organizations in need of aid.
Since its first broadcast, the annual SAY Detroit Radiothons have raised more than $7 million to help the poor, the homeless, families without homes, children without medical care, students hoping to reach the college of their dreams and veterans who have hit hard times.
In support of the Radiothon’s goal to help raise funds for vital community organizations throughout metro Detroit, Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman, Tigers manager AJ Hinch and Ilitch Holdings president and CEO Chris Ilitch appeared remotely during SAY Detroit’s Ninth Annual Radiothon. The Ilitch organization also donated funds, autographed memorabilia and exclusive player virtual meet and greet opportunities.
The Ilitch organization has been proud to partner with SAY Detroit in various ways over the years, beginning with the 2006 creation of Bright Beginnings, a free day-care program for infants and toddlers. Aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness while providing quality education to its students, Bright Beginnings is designed to keep children happy and safe while preparing them for a bright future with the priceless gift of education.
Earlier this year, Detroit Tigers players stopped by the SAY Detroit Play Center, an after-school facility, to record a modern take on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with Detroit students.
For more information, or to learn how you can help, visit SAYDetroit.org.