Photo: Andrew Mullin ~ 760 WJR
TROY, MI, Dec. 8, 2022 – At the end of a 15-hour broadcast, $2,064,014 million in donations had been raised from the 12th annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon.
S.A.Y. Detroit Founder and 760 WJR host Mitch Albom aired live from the Somerset Collection in Troy, as community leaders and celebrities dropped in to talk on the broadcast and help raise donations. Notable guests included CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell, actor Tim Allen, actor Hugh Jackman, and comedian George Lopez.
Funds raised during the Radiothon work to support Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit nonprofit, a collection of programs that help Detroit residents with healthcare and housing. These include the S.A.Y Detroit Family Health Clinic, Better Together, MI-Cycle, Working Homes/Working Families, and the Hole In The Roof Foundation.
Dec. 7, 2023 ~ Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons talks with Mitch Albom about the work that they do together in providing positive experiences to children who benefit from the SAY Detroit organization. Photo: Rick Osentoski ~ USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 7, 2023 ~ Actor Tim Allen talks to Mitch Albom and the SAY Detroit Radiothon team to talk about his latest projects, his family in Detroit, and his pride in the success of the 2023 Detroit Lions. Allen also offered a $20,000 match, bringing in $40,000 for the SAY Detroit organization. Photo: Dan MacMedan ~ USA TODAY NETWORK
Dec. 7, 2023 ~ “CBS Sunday” host Jane Pauley talks to her longtime friend, Mitch Albom, in support of the 12th annual SAY Detroit Radiothon. Listen to learn how to win a chance to fly to New York and meet her in person!
(CONTINUED) This year’s donation topped the 2022 marathon’s $1.86 million raised. One of the highest contributions of the day was from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, who announced a $350,000 commitment to S.A.Y. Detroit, which includes $100,000 allocated for kids at the SAY Play Center to deploy at the facility.
“The things we’ve done together the last few years involved giving and philanthropy, and business and entrepreneurship, and then creative storytelling,” Gores said. “Now I’d love for the kids to use all these skills that they’ve learned, and in a way that is both fun and educational, which is part of the mission at SAY Play that’s always impressed me.”
“Our kids would more than happily make recommendations,” Albom said in response to Gore’s donation. “I promise you, we will come up with a very creative program. I think one of the ways that kids who we’re helping can learn is to learn to help other people themselves.”
Since its inception in 2012, the S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon has raised over $14.5 million to help Detroiters in need, Albom said in a press release. People can learn more at SAYDetroit.org.
Photos: WJR host and SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom gives the keys to a new house to Detroit residents at the 12th annual SAY Detroit Marathon on Dec. 7, 2023 in the Somerset Collection in Troy.
Photos: WJR host and SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom airs live from the 12th annual SAY Detroit Marathon on Dec. 7, 2023 in the Somerset Collection in Troy.
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