The Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Youth Choir today released an emotional recording of the song “Stand by Me” to honor doctors, nurses and health care professionals in metro Detroit and around the world who are on the front lines battling COVID-19. The video also serves as a public service announcement encouraging residents to abide by the State of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.
The video highlights the Detroit Youth Choir – each member singing remotely as they shelter in place along with several legendary Pistons including Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Chauncey Billups, Richard “Rip” Hamilton, Dave Bing and current Piston Derrick Rose:
We stand as one for healthcare workers. Presenting a special performance from the Detroit Youth Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company and the Detroit Pistons featuring Dave Bing, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton and Derrick Rose. #NBATogether Healthcare workers in metro Detroit and around the world are battling COVID-19 to save lives. Inspired by their efforts, Tom Gores, Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons are making an initial donation of $250,000 to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan's COVID-19 health fund to address urgent health related needs in the community. Join us at www.pistons.com/dyc and to learn about all of our COVID-19 relief efforts visit www.pistons.com.
Posted by Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
In addition, inspired by the efforts of health care workers in metro Detroit and around the world, Tom Gores, Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons are making an initial donation of $250,000 to the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan’s COVID-19 health fund in connection with the video’s release. Funds will be used to help address urgent health-related needs in the community.
Gores and the Pistons organization have rallied support for multiple COVID-19 relief efforts recently: Last week Gores purchased and delivered 100,000 surgical-grade masks for the City of Detroit to support first responders and city workers; the organization is made the newly constructed Performance Center downtown available to health officials for crisis response activities, if needed; in partnership with Wayne County and corporate partners, the organization made a $370,000 funding grant to Forgotten Harvest.