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Mitch Albom’s 11th SAY Detroit Radiothon Raises $1.86 Million for Detroiters in Need

Photo: David Riger / 760 WJR

TROY, MICHIGAN, December 9, 2022 – A record $1.86 million was raised Thursday from donations received at the 11th Annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon.

760 WJR Host and S.A.Y. Detroit Founder Mitch Albom emceed the 15-hour radiothon live from the Somerset Collection in Troy, as community leaders and A-list celebrities dropped in to contribute. Notable guests included Anderson Cooper, Steve Yzerman, Barry Sanders, Tim Allen, Hugh Jackman, and Jared Goff, among others.

Of particular highlight was a contribution from Platinum Equity Founder and Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, who announced a $350,000 commitment to S.A.Y. Detroit, which includes funding earmarked to create a new media center and production studio at the S.A.Y. Play Center.

Gores said he hopes that creating a high-tech media center and training program at the S.A.Y. Play Center will help further empower kids, amplify their voices, and provide meaningful skills.


December 8, 2022 ~ Hugh Jackman talks with Mitch Albom at the 11th Annual SAY Detroit Radiothon about the contributions that SAY Detroit makes to the Metro Detroit area. Photo: Kyle Grillot / USA Today

December 8, 2022 ~ Detroit‘s own Tim Allen speaks with Mitch Albom during the 11th Annual SAY Detroit Radiothon. Photo: USA Today via Imagn

December 8, 2022 ~ CNN‘s Anderson Cooper joins the 11th Annual SAY Detroit Radiothon from New York City to speak with Mitch Albom about the efforts of the SAY Detroit organization. Photo: Cheryl Evans / The Republic

(CONTINUED) Beyond the S.A.Y. Play Center, funds raised during the Radiothon work to support other branches of the S.A.Y. Detroit organization, including the S.A.Y Detroit Family Health Clinic, Better Together, MI-Cycle, Working Homes/Working Families, and The Hole In The Roof Foundation, to name a few.

I am humbled every year at the incredible generosity of our audience and our friends around the country,” said Albom. “Every dollar raised at our 11th annual radiothon will go to making Detroiters’ lives better, and that’s the best gift anyone can give at the holidays. I am so grateful to all the amazing people who made this happen.

The S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon is broadcast live each December on 760 WJR, at MitchAlbomRadiothon.com, and on WDIV-TV‘s ClickOnDetroit.com.

Since its inception in 2012, the S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon has raised over $12 million to help Detroiters in need.

Learn more and contribute at SAYDetroit.org.