DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) – Tom Gores, owner of Detroit Pistons and founder of Platinum Equity, has partnered with SAY Detroit for several years and recently announced his pledge of $ 350,000 and an additional $ 100,000 to help create a entrepreneurial program with the organization.
WJR-AM host and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom announced that Gores’ pledge raised more than $ 1.6 million for the 10th annual SAY Detroit radiothon.
In the press release from SAY Detroit, Gores said he hopes the entrepreneurship program will teach life lessons and potentially generate additional funds for the center.
âIt’s a great challenge. We will absolutely create a program for this.
âI want them to be able to create a commercial product as part of an entrepreneurial program that we could put in place this summer,â Gores said. âI am ready to fund the idea of ââthe children, whatever it is. Hopefully they are able to make a profit and that those profits can go straight back to the center. “
According to the press release, approximately 75 children between the ages of 11 and 16 participated in a six-week program at SAY Detroit Play Center last summer that consisted of weekly workshops led by SAY Detroit staff and local leaders from the Detroit philanthropic community. The program covered a wide range of topics, including how to identify and prioritize relevant causes; how to set goals, evaluate and evaluate charitable organizations; and finally where to allocate the funds.
âIt’s so empowering for young people to learn to use their voice and see what it feels like to have an impact,â Gores said when the recipients were announced. âThere is so much to do in our community and these kids from SAY Detroit are so smart. I’m proud of the way they came together to collaborate, go into detail and make informed decisions.
For more information or to donate to SAY Detroit charities, please visit www.saydetroit.org.