Last Spring Gina and I were approached by the folks at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Michigan. They wanted to hold a charity football game against their rivals at Adams HS (who’s claim to fame is that Madonna attended in her pre-Material Girl days) and they wanted the New Day Foundation for Families to be the beneficiary of the proceeds raised.
We were stunned, thrilled, humbled and excited all at once. We had heard of the Charity Bowl game the previous year and that it had benefited the American Cancer Society. While this is a tremendous cause, we were really pleased that this “hometown event” would be benefitting real families with real needs right here in the Detroit area. (For more info on New Day visit the web site here…)
After months of planning, meetings, volunteering by parents, students, athletes and the community in general, the game was help on October 21, 2011. A perfect Friday under the lights with two rival teams playing their hearts out for a good cause. The Stoney Creek stadium was packed with people from all over Rochester, all coming together to cheer for their team and help their neighbors in need.
Last night, during halftime of the Stoney Creek/Adams varsity basketball game a check for $35,070 was presented (by Larry Garolski and Kevin Cumming, principals of Stoney Creek and Adams) to Gina and I on behalf of the New Day Foundation. This check puts New Day over their stated goal of raising $100,000 raised in 2011. the year end total was a little more than $130,000!
Our sincerest thanks to everyone involved: The CrossTown Charity Bowl committee, the student and parent volunteers, the local businesses who donated, and to the athletes and coaches. We are proud to have been a part of this great event.