DETROIT, the grand dame of the early 1900’s; the potential of this once magnificent city remains, despite the past many decades of depression and political turmoil.
Signs of urban renewal are constantly more apparent as many groups and individuals are investing time, effort, and money to bring Detroit back to its glorious past. Millennials have a particular purpose in this endeavor, and Born and Raised Detroit Foundation is a prime example of this.
BARD represents the reestablishment of vibrancy of not just the city, but the people, by bringing hope and creating a new allure to the inner city in order to attract residents back to the downtown area, which is already clearly experiencing the beginning signs of rejuvenation with multiple restaurants and retail stores taking roots there.
Personally, being able to get involved with Born and Raised Detroit Foundation has been one of the most fulfilling and pleasurable experiences of my life. Coho Events has deep roots in Detroit with two of its three founders having one parent born and raised in the city. Therefore, when we heard of BARD last year, we felt an immediate affinity to it. Despite our need, as a start-up for product development, business strategy, sales, customer service, legal, accounting, etc., we put a hold on a few company priorities to focus on assisting BARD in its effort.
BARD is on a path to do something very special. They are spreading the Detroit spirit from city to city with high-end curated events. By hosting events, they are able to raise money, which is donated to a selected group of hand picked nonprofits. Next week they will host their 6th annual Show Your Love for Detroit Gala on April 7 at the Bowery hotel in New York City. (nylovesdet.org)
Notable nonprofits BARD supports:
Detroit Achievement Academy
A free public charter school currently serving kindergarten through fourth grade students.Detroit Achievement Academy exists to holistically support the education and development of students who have the determination, drive, and skills to shape their own path of high achievement with the ultimate goal of creating civically engaged, joyful citizens who are ready to change the world. detroitachievement.org
Racquet Up Detroit
An out-of-school program which focuses intensively on the long-term development of Detroit youth by promoting their education, health, and character development. Through academic tutoring, health and fitness coaching, and youth development, Racquet Up aims to achieve 100% high school graduation and 100% college enrollment among its students. racquetup.org
Downtown Boxing Gym
Through education, athletics, mentorship and intervention, the Downtown Boxing Gym empowers Detroit students to be positive and productive members of society. Serving more than 130 students between the ages of 7 and 18, with an ever growing waiting list. Downtownyouthboxing.org
Alternatives for Girls
Our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. alternativesforgirls.org