The Detroit Tigers, in collaboration with social media influencer Zachery Dereniowski (@mdmotivator), orchestrated a surprise for Linita Edge, a Detroit traffic controller and mother of two who recently lost her husband. The Tigers and Dereniowski, inspired by Edge’s unwavering commitment and the joy she brings to the community, joined forces to create a special experience for her.
Edge was gifted tickets to a Tigers game and a postgame fireworks experience from the field. After her story went viral, the Tigers invited Edge back with an even bigger surprise: $50,000 raised through the generosity of fans around the world; and her son – who she didn’t know was coming – came on field for the check presentation. She also received Little Caesars pizza for a year, a spa day at MotorCity Casino Hotel, and a suite night at the Fox Theatre.
Edge, known for her positivity and commitment to keeping Detroit’s traffic flowing smoothly, had captured the attention and admiration of Detroiters for years. Her uplifting spirit and creative dance moves at busy intersections brought smiles to countless faces and transformed the daily commute into a moment of delight.