Detroit entrepreneurs Chef Max Hardy, of the nonprofit, 86 Hunger, I Am Hope Foundation, Each One Help One, Tiffany Lean on Me, and Hon. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, M.Ed., are coming together in a major way to provide meals to the historical African American Phoenix of the Detroit Fire Department on Saturday, February 26th. The community leaders host this event to thank Phoenix members for their work in Detroit throughout the years and commemorate the closing out of Black History Month.
“The Phoenix of the Detroit Fire Department is making Black History every day, and I’m proud to be able to thank them for their service,” said Chef Max of COOP Detroit and JEDs Detroit. “Their team is here for our community when we need them most. They are our superheroes. Providing hearty meals is my superpower, and this is my thank you for supporting us all and keeping our neighborhoods safe. I have to pay homage.”
The Phoenix members also plan to unveil a special tribute in remembrance of their two departed brothers. This private event will host the Phoenix members when they arrive on Saturday at the historic Engine 11 located at 2733 Gratiot Ave. Detroit, MI 48207 at noon.
“The Phoenix of the Detroit Fire Department was founded in 1967 to support minority communities after the riots. Their history is Black history and Detroit’s history. We are blessed to live in a city with first responders who directly aid minority areas. I’m happy that we can lift them up during this commemorative month and in the future,” said Hon. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, M.Ed.
Representatives from all event sponsors will be onsite to provide meals of loaded southwestern chili, crispy fish sandwiches, Caesar salads, and Ellis Island Tea Lemonade. Menu items were made possible with donations from Fairway Meats, Del Bene Produce, and Ellis Island Tea. Volunteers and team members will follow all local COVID-19 restrictions.