As the nation celebrates Black History Month and recognizes the ongoing contributions of Black Americans to society, culture and the country, the Ilitch companies are supporting a number of activities for the community and its colleagues in the Detroit-area.
Supporting Local Black-Owned Restaurants. Continuing an ongoing initiative to partner with local black-owned business at its venues, guests of Little Caesars Arena can support local Black-owned restaurants throughout the year, including The Lobster Food Truck, Shell Shock’d Tacos, Bert’s Marketplace, Breadless and Yum Village during the 2023 Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons seasons.
Ilitch Companies colleagues will also have the opportunity this month to experience local African American and African cuisine during a Black History Month food fair taking place at the Little Caesars World Headquarters. Featured restaurants include Fork in Nigeria; Urban Soul; Ronnie Love’s Catering; and Carrot Cake with a Twist.
Exploring and Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. As an extension of the organization’s support and relationship with the museum, llitch Companies colleagues receive free admission to this national treasure all year long. For more information about the museum’s mission, vision, exhibits, location and hours, please visit www.TheWright.org.
Recognizing Black Community Members Making an Impact through the Black History Month Game Changers Program. The Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and Comerica Bank are proud to continue the “Game Changers” program as they will be recognizing Black community members making a positive impact on the lives of young Detroiters. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 grant dedicated to the charity of their choice. All of the month’s honorees will be celebrated during the. Hockey is for Everyone: Celebrating Black History game at Little Caesars Arena on Feb. 23.
Chairing the Detroit Branch NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner. Christopher Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Companies, is this year’s Senior Corporate Chair of the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 68th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, one of the premier events nationwide that has long served as a beacon for equity and justice. While this formal role officially kicks off later this month, it builds on a long history of support for and partnership with the NAACP by the Ilitch family and organization.