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MotorCity Gumball Rally, A Two Day Custom and Exotic Car Rally This Weekend

 

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DETROIT, Michigan – The MotorCity Gumball Rally will be launching its two day event starting tomorrow morning Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 and ending Sunday evening, August 24th. The rally boasts a roster of 100 custom and high end cars from all over the country competing in a timed road rally on a secret route starting in Detroit, navigating its way to Chicago, Illinois and ending back in Campus Martius, Detroit for an arrival ceremony. Checkpoints and challenges will be sprinkled into the route making the rally both a physically and mentally demanding competition. Participants will be competing for cash and prizes with a portion of proceeds going to Reach Out Worldwide charity and toy donations going to Toys for Tots Foundation.

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8:00 AM, Monroe Street facing Greektown Casino and Hotel will be closed down to make room for the official rally cars to line up and be launched into the start of the event. Spectators and fans of the rally are invited to come see all the race cars warm up before they take off for the two day journey. Detroit Police escorts will assist the parading line of cars through the local streets of Detroit before releasing them onto the highway.

Once on the highway, teams will use an interactive mobile phone driving app to obtain clues leading them to various checkpoints. Ideal driving times between checkpoints will be based on local posted driving speeds to ensure safety of the drivers and others on the roads. Drivers and their navigators will have to use any skills they may have along with general knowledge to navigate the route efficiently. Once they arrive at a checkpoint, a physical challenge will have to be completed before they are able to return back to driving. Eventually, all teams will make their way to downtown Chicago for the night where dinner, a VIP style party and luxury hotel stay await. The next morning all teams and their cars will converge and be released to once again navigate a secret route with timed checkpoints.

Sunday evening, August 24th at 6:00 PM, the rally will come to an end as cars make their final destination to Campus Martius in the heart of downtown Detroit. The general public is encouraged to join the festivities and come greet the drivers as they arrive back home for the finishing party. This family-friendly event will host an array of activities for guests of all ages and interests. Local graffiti artists will be onsite creating works of art in real time for an art competition. A live DJ will be spinning tracks to set the mood and a special musical performance by up and coming artist JSR is slated to take place. Food and drink vendors will also be on site for good eats while the Red Bull Wing Team energizes the crowd. A special auction with a chance to win exclusive prizes will take place for charity. All car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring out their rides to enter a car show with prizes awarded to the winners in various categories.

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MotorCity Rally Club, LLC is a not for profit club created by local car enthusiasts and staffed by volunteers. The MotorCity Gumball is the Midwest’s premier luxury automotive and lifestyle rally touring both local areas and expanding beyond to explore new roads and sites across the country. A portion of proceeds from this year’s rally will be donated in honor of the late Paul Walker to his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. A toy drive will also be held in which all participating teams and those entering the arrival party car show will donate new, unused toys for children through the Toys for Tots foundation of southeast Michigan.

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More Mittens for Detroit

Thanks to all of the new “likes” that The Woodward Spine received on Facebook, we recently donated 70 pairs of winter gloves to Mittens for Detroit.

There is still time to donate gloves at one of several drop off locations throughout metro Detroit. To find a drop box nearest you, click here. Over 7,000 pairs of mittens have been collected so far this year.

Mittens for Detroit will also be holding its 2nd Annual A Night of Giggles and Gloves event on Saturday, March 24th. Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. The show will be held in the Grand Ballroom at MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. Tickets are $25 for regular seating or $50 for preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. Erin Cummings and Keegan Michael Key will be hosting the evening which features Coco and Foolish from WJLB in the Morning, Lesley Ann Thompson, an Improv “Up Yours” Finalist and Ali Bulldog from Cribs: Arab American Style.

Here is information about Mittens for Detroit and its founder Erin Cummings:

Mittens For Detroit is a community initiative whose sole purpose is to collect and distribute new, unused gloves and mittens to those in need – both children and adults – in metro Detroit.

Mittens For Detroit has been warming hands and hearts since the organization was founded in November 2010 by Erin Cummings, star of ABCʼs Detroit 1-8-7, and a dedicated team of volunteers. A community initiative, MFD exists solely to provide new, unused mittens and gloves to those in need – both children and adults – in metro Detroit. Mittens and gloves are collected in drop boxes at a constantly growing list of merchants and businesses throughout metro Detroit.

Cummings, who relocated to Detroit in July 2010, was inspired to create MFD while passing out candy on Halloween with her cousin, Kathy Moss, who lives in Southfield. Two young girls and their mother came to the door trick-or-treating, and one of the girls was crying. Moss noticed the girl was missing a glove, and without thinking twice, invited the family inside, found an extra pair of gloves, put them on the little girlʼs hands and sent the family on their way to enjoy the rest of their Halloween night. Cummings, who had been looking for a way to give back to her new community, was struck by the simplicity and generosity of her cousinʼs actions, and the Mittens For Detroit initiative was born. “I know that times are tough and some may feel discouraged from giving because of their own financial circumstances,” Cummings says. “We’re keeping it simple. All we want is gloves. Big gloves, little gloves, fancy gloves or dollar store gloves. As long as they are new and will keep a pair of hands warm, we will take them.”

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Going ‘ham for Restaurant Week

By Mike Fossano

Birmingham Restaurant Week has officially kicked off, offering patrons the chance to try affordable, gourmet meals for a great cause.

Twenty popular dining establishments are participating in the two-week restaurant promotion, which runs from January 30 through February 3 and February 6 through February 10.

Three-course lunches are $15 and three-course dinners are $30, excluding tax, tip and beverages.

This year’s participating restaurants are: 220, Barrio Tacos & Tequila, Big Rock Chop House, Café Via, Cameron’s Steakhouse, Chen Chow Brasserie, Elie’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Forest Grill, Luxe Bar & Grill, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Peabody Restaurant, Phoenicia, Salvatore Scallopini, South, Streetside Seafood, Rugby Grille, Toast, Townhouse Bistro and Zazios.

The restaurant week promotion aims to raise $10,000 for Forgotten Harvest to provide 50,000 meals for those in need in metro Detroit. The “5 Feeds 25” campaign invites restaurant-goers to make a $5 donation into canisters at participating restaurants from now through February 10.

All menus and restaurant contact info can be found online at www.birminghamrestaurantweek.org. Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made through each individual restaurant. The first two hours are free in all Birmingham parking decks.

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Zoological Society awarded Four-Stars

By Jeffrey Buck

The Detroit Zoo has something important to celebrate, and it’s got nothing to do with animals. The Detroit Zoological Society was recently awarded the highest possible rating from the nation’s largest independent evaluator of nonprofit organizations, receiving four out of four stars.

Charity Navigator bestowed the honor for the sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. With four stars the Zoological Society joins only 21 charities in Michigan to receive the honor and one of only 16 zoos and aquariums in the United States to achieve the highest ranking. 5,500 charities are monitored annually by Charity Navigator.

“It’s great to be ranked among the top charities in the country.  Our donors can invest with confidence knowing that we are good stewards of their philanthropy,” said DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan.

According to Charity Navigator, a four-star rating indicates that a charity adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

“Savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator.  “This coveted four-star designation demonstrates to the public that the Detroit Zoological Society is worthy of their trust and support.”

The other 20 four-star charities in Michigan include:

  1. Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (Detroit)
  2. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank (Comstock Park)
  3. Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (Flint)
  4. Food Gatherers (Ann Arbor)
  5. Forgotten Harvest (Oak Park)
  6. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Detroit)
  7. Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Grand Rapids)
  8. Greater Kalamazoo United Way (Kalamazoo)
  9. Habitat for Humanity Kent County (Grand Rapids)
  10. Heart of West Michigan United Way (Grand Rapids)
  11. Helping Hand for Relief and Development (Detroit)
  12. IN Network USA (Zeeland)
  13. International Child Care (Kalamazoo)
  14. Life for Relief and Development (Southfield)
  15. Lighthouse of Oakland County (Pontiac)
  16. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development (Plymouth)
  17. Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society (Detroit)
  18. Michigan Environmental Council (Lansing)
  19. National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  20. Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children (Eaton Rapids)

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‘Likes for Mittens’ comes to a successful close

The Woodward Spine would like to thank everyone who helped spread the word about our “Likes for Mittens” campaign. Our Facebook page received 70 new likes, which means that 70 people in need will be able to stay a little bit warmer this winter thanks to Mittens For Detroit. We’re ecstatic to drop off all of the mittens that we know will get their fare share of use this winter, especially since the snow arrived yesterday. Thank you  for all the feedback; we’re honored that so many people are doing their part to assist a great local charity.

For more information on Mittens For Detroit, visit their website.

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The Salvation Army and Royal Park Hotel unveil giant gingerbread house

By Mike Fossano

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit and the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester recently are joining forces to provide assistance to local families in need this holiday season.

The Royal Park Hotel hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to unveil its giant gingerbread house created by the upscale hotel’s new pastry chef, Mark Slessor.

Now in its third year of partnership with The Salvation Army, the Royal Park Hotel put a new spin on the 2011 rendition of the gingerbread house — a rotating platform that will highlight the chef’s creation from all angles.

This year’s holiday confection also features 100 additional pounds of holiday candy. Continue reading

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Mittens For “Likes”

The Woodward Spine will be donating one pair of gloves to Mittens for Detroit for every new “Like” that we receive on our Facebook page from now until Thanksgiving. Be sure to suggest us to all of your friends and family. Together we can help a great charity and do our part in making sure Detroit stays warm this winter!

Mittens For Detroit is a community initiative whose sole purpose is to collect and distribute new, unused gloves and mittens to those in need – both children and adults – in metro Detroit.

Mittens For Detroit has been warming hands and hearts since the organization was founded in November 2010 by Erin Cummings, star of ABCʼs Detroit 1-8-7, and a dedicated team of volunteers. A community initiative, MFD exists solely to provide new, unused mittens and gloves to those in need – both children and adults – in metro Detroit. Mittens and gloves are collected in drop boxes at a constantly growing list of merchants and businesses throughout metro Detroit.

For more information, check out our interview with Erin Cummings or visit their website.

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