SAY Detroit Disbursed a Sum of $1.83 Million During Radiothon Ceremony

Big blue checks and grateful smiles filled the room at StartupNation Media Group in Birmingham, Mich, as donations form the 11th annual SAY Detroit Radiothon were disbursed. Funds totaling more than $1.83 million were raised last December and after months of anticipation community partners and SAY Detroit initiatives were awarded from $5,000 to $800,000. SAY Detroit Founder Mitch Albom led the presentation that awarded over two dozen partners and community organizations.

Every year, SAY Detroit donates a portion of its Radiothon contributions to partner organizations and charities that align with its objective of providing underprivileged citizens in Detroit with opportunities for success. Since 2012, the Radiothon has accumulated a total of almost $12 million in donations. Albom said the goal is for the Radiothon to get larger every year and bring in bigger donations than the last.

In December of last year, Albom served as the emcee for a 15-hour radiothon held at the Somerset Collection in Troy. Community leaders and celebrities garnered attention for the radiothon by generously donating to the cause. Donations from notable figures such as Barry Sanders, Hugh Jackman and Tim Allen, among others, were received. Tom Gores, the founder of Platinum Equity and owner of the Detroit Pistons, pledged a sum of $350,000, which will be used to establish a new media center and production studio at the SAY Play Center.

Located in Detroit, Mich., the SAY Play Center is a community-based organization that offers after-school programs and activities for children in the area. The organization’s acronym, SAY, represents its focus on Sports, Academics and Youth, which are the fundamental values it strives to impart to the children it serves. The SAY Play Center provides a diverse range of services such as tutoring, mentorship, athletics and performing arts programs, which facilitate the development of children’s skills and interests in a secure and nurturing environment.

Albom said, “Helping other like-minded nonprofits in our region who help others is very meaningful and we know the money will be put to good use in their respective operations.”

SAY Detroit saw an increase in new recipients this year, signifying the expansion of the SAY Detroit family. Some of the new programs included Boys Hope Girls Hope, Full Count Foundation, the TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture, Urban Innovators and Volleyball Elite. SAY Detroit intends to continue to increase its reach and grow further.

After transitioning to a virtual ceremony in 2020, this year’s event marked the first occasion in three years where the annual ceremony was held in person. This provided an opportunity for recipients to meet, network and potentially collaborate on programming.


2023 Radiothon Distribution Charity Recipients

The Avalon Village, $5,000

Better Together, $50,000

Bing Youth Institute, $5,000

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, $7,500

Building Better Men, $15,000

Cass Community Social Services, $25,000

Detroit Dream Scholars fund at the College for Creative Studies, $45,000

COTS Detroit’s Bright Beginnings, $12,500

D2N, $7,500

Detroit Culture Youth Company, $5,000

Detroit Hives, $7,000

Detroit Recovery Project, $5,000

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Genesis House II, $25,000

Faith Tabernacle Choir/A Hole in the Roof Foundation, $5,000

Full Count Foundation, $10,000

Humble Design, $15,000

Hugs from Heaven, $15,000

Jive Turkeys Detroit, $5,000

LA SED, Inc., $15,000

Michigan Veterans Foundation, $15,000

Mi-Cycle, $50,000

Mother Batie’s Kitchen/United Sisters of Charity, $10,000

North Star Reach, $5,000

Notes for Notes, $10,000

Parker Village, $7,500

Peace Players Detroit, $5,000

SASHA Center, $15,000

SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic, $100,000

SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, $800,000

SAY Detroit Tomorrow Fund, $355,000

TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture, $2,500

Urban Innovators, $5,000

Volleyball Elite, $10,000

Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, $10,000

Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, $12,000

Working Homes/Working Families, $150,000


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