Show Your Love – BARD

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

 

Friday Music Feature: Sydney Leigh

Happy Friday Coho Fam! Today we’re happy to bring an incredible young talent to your attention! Sydney Leigh is a 17 year old electro-pop singer-songwriter with an incredible career in front of her. We wish we would have come across her sooner, as she would have been a great fit at the Born And Raised DetroitDon’t Stop The Music” event! Maybe next year!

You won’t want to miss out on this rising pop star from Michigan. Last week she released a fabulous four song EP titled “Reinvented,” the follow up to her first EP “Crazy Beautiful.” As Sydney released “Crazy Beautiful” at the young(er) age of 15, titling the EP “Reinvented” was a perfect decision. Miss Leigh has seriously amped up her songwriting and singing chops, maturing her sound to match a polished modern-pop brand aesthetic. These tracks will certainly get peoples attention, as they’ve gotten ours! (labels lookout)

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Each song on the EP has a bit of a different feel within the electronic-pop music genre. “Bailando Loco” has a latin-dance feel that would make Shakira move her hips, and “Out Of Air” definitely gives Katy Perry’s recent radio hits a run for their money. We can’t wait to see how SL steps off of this musical foundation to reach new heights.

We encourage you all to check out Sydney Leigh‘s website and stream her brand new EP “Reinvented” exclusively on Spotify below! Maybe one day soon you’ll be able to pick up your SL concert tickets via Coho Events. Until then, make sure to support Sydney’s musical adventure and look out for music coverage here on the Coho Events Blog. TGIF!