Detroit PAL held an event on November 10 to officially launch our One Thousand Kid Challenge and unveil Linda Solomon’s ‘Pictures of Hope’ project. The event was held at the Madison in downtown Detroit.
To get the event started, we heard from former Detroit Lions player Rob Sims and his wife Natalie. They were there for the One Thousand Kid Challenge launch! Rob and Natalie Sims have gratuitously agreed to be the campaign’s co-chairs and have kicked the campaign off with a $50,000 challenge! Our One Thousand Kid Challenge is an effort to make sure that no child is turned away from PAL programming in 2016. We would like to raise enough money to sponsor/grow our programs by 1,000 kids! Rob and Natalie have started us off on the right track by sponsoring 200 kids. Only 800 more to go!
Next up, we heard from Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Chief Craig spoke on the importance of programs like Detroit PAL and the amazing police officers in Detroit! The ‘Pictures of Hope’ program joined together Detroit kids and Detroit Police Officers for a day of bonding and picture-taking. Now, their pictures have been turned into holiday cards that reflect each kids hopes and dreams for the future.
At the unveiling, each child had the opportunity to tell the crowd of family, friends, Detroit Police Officers, and PAL supporters what it is that they hope for the future and unveil the photograph they took! They then signed their holiday card, just like any true artist would do!
The holiday cards are being sold at the Detroit PAL office. Each set includes 14 cards that reflect the hopes and dreams of 14 young Detroit children. Fortunately, 100% of the proceeds from the cards will be going directly to Detroit PAL to help them serve the amazing children of the city of Detroit.
To order your set of holiday cards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 844-GIVEPAL
To fundraise or donate to our One Thousand Kid Challenge, please click here.
Pictures from the unveiling can be found here.