My name is Nick and I’m absurd. Nice to meet you! Earlier this year when the opportunity was presented to design a banner that would welcome 2,000 more Quicken Loans team members to Detroit, I jumped at the chance. I had a lot of thoughts, but they were just random ideas that were either funny or looked cool, but they had no deeper meaning or substance.
Quicken Loans was proud to sponsor the 23rd annual Goodfellows Tribute Breakfast Friday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit. The event honored the 2012 Goodfellow of the Year winner and kicked off the “No Kiddie Without a Christmas” campaign.
Real estate developer and philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman was presented with the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award for his continuous support of civic and educational initiatives that help the people of Detroit.
Mayor Dave Bing, Master of Ceremonies Paul W. Smith of WJR-760, as well as many state and local dignitaries and community leaders gathered to honor Taubman and to announce this year’s fundraising goal of $1.2 million. A performance by the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences Show Choir provided entertainment for hundreds of guests.
In 2012, the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit plans on distributing 36,000 holiday gift boxes filled with books, clothing, dental kits, toys candy and more to children ages 4-13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck.
Founded in 1914, the organization’s mission is to make sure children enjoy the Christmas holiday and receive a gift reflecting the spirit of the season. Since 1924, dolls have been dressed and given to girls ages 4-9 and have become synonymous with the organization. This year, more than 11,000 creatively dressed dolls will be distributed.
The Goodfellows will be selling newspapers on the streets starting in early November. But if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to the “No Kiddie Without a Christmas” campaign now, visit www.detroitgoodfellows.org.