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Details For @LCA_Detroit Preview Week; From Sept5th to Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Arena Sept12 #Detroit

Olympia Entertainment Announces Details For Little Caesars Arena Preview Week Leading Up to Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Arena on Sept. 12

… Events Scheduled from Sept. 5-10 to Offer First Looks Inside Home of Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and World-Class Entertainment Events … 

(DETROIT – August 16, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding Little Caesars Arena Preview Week. Events and activities will take place from Sept. 5-10 to provide fans, partners and community members chances to see the state-of-the-art home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and world-class entertainment acts – culminating with the official Grand Opening of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12, as Detroit’s-own Kid Rock plays his first of six shows to open the more than 20,000-seat arena.

“It’s thrilling to open our doors and welcome our fans and neighbors to experience this world-class venue for the first time,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We can’t wait to share the many engaging, memorable spaces and innovative technologies that will allow Little Caesars Arena to provide one of the greatest fan experiences in all of sports and entertainment.”

As part of Little Caesars Arena’s Preview Week, there are several opportunities to preview the state-of-the-art and innovative centerpiece of The District Detroit:

Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Ribbon Cutting

This ceremonial event signifies the venue’s readiness to open and expresses thanks to the thousands of our community members and others involved in planning, design and construction of Little Caesars Arena. Fans and community members are encouraged to join the ceremonial ribbon cutting by live streaming the historic moment Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. on DistrictDetroit.com.

Friday, Sept. 8 – Charity Premiere: Hard Hats & Helping Hands

This exclusive fundraising event – the first ever at Little Caesars Arena – benefits the work of Ilitch Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that invests in our community’s future by supporting innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation. Celebrating the culmination of construction at Little Caesars Arena and the positive impact that this world-class facility is already having on our community, Hard Hats & Helping Hands will offer its attendees an unprecedented insider’s look at Little Caesars Arena and exclusive access to unique areas throughout. Attendees will enjoy the spectacular multimedia components of this state-of-the-art arena, a self-guided tour through unique clubs, bars and players-only areas, and more. It’s sure to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event that will help make our community a better place for all. For ticket information, please visit Ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, Sept. 9 – Community Sneak Peek

The public is invited to a free tour of the Little Caesars Arena’s Via concourse and enjoy a look into the arena bowl from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The tour will highlight the building’s unique deconstructed design concept, the world’s largest seamless centerhung scoreboard and the Via’s larger-than-life projection screen jewel skin surrounding the arena bowl. To comfortably accommodate community members, attendees will be asked to book a scheduled time slot. Further details on how to obtain free admission will be announced later.

Sunday, Sept. 10 – Hockeytown 5K

The second annual Hockeytown 5K will take participants throughout the city of Detroit, The District Detroit and will conclude on Woodward Ave. outside Little Caesars Arena. Starting at $50, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, registration is now open at DetroitRedWings.com/Hockeytown5K.

In addition to the public events at Little Caesars Arena, Preview Week will also include private tours for Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons season ticket holders, partners and suite holders.

About Little Caesars Arena

Home to the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions, the new Little Caesars Arena will feature a dramatic arena bowl, proximity to the action and great sight lines. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six™ Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons and Detroit’s incredible musical heritage, Little Caesars Arena will also feature state-of-the-art technology and fan amenities.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions – The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

About Olympia Entertainment Olympia Entertainment, a Detroit-based company is one of the country’s most diverse sports and entertainment companies and the largest organization of its kind in the Midwest. The company operates Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, owns and operates the Fox Theatre and the intimate City Theatre, along with booking and operating Joe Louis Arena and booking Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six™ member of the National Hockey League and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies.

Other Ilitch companies include Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., MotorCity Casino Hotel and Champion Foods.

To learn more about Olympia Entertainment, visit www.OlympiaEntertainment.com. Also, follow Olympia on Twitter @OEontheGo and at facebook.com/OfficialOlympiaEntertainment.

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How to keep your kids and yourself safe when gunshots are fired around your house #MotownMom Musings #UrbanLife #Detroit

 

On Facebook and a friend in Detroit says she just heard shots fired outside her home and then immediately said it’s time to freaking move.

I hate to break it to people, crime is not just in the urban areas anymore. Matter of fact, the more I look at the news (which has been something new to me recently) the more it seems it’s safer in Detroit.

As a long time Detroiter and lover of the city, my children and I have a protocol which I implore all single parents to develop and make sure it’s stuck to no matter what.

As single parents, we don’t have the luxury of just getting up and moving out of the city, and we have to teach the children how to cope with the environment and to stay safe.

Single Mom’s Safety Tips: When you hear shots fired around your home, what should you & your kids do? 

  1. Do not go to the window. Please enforce this with your children. Don’t open the doors, don’t even peek out the curtains or blinds.
  2. Shut off lights inside the house you’re not using, but put on lights outside of the house to keep people from hiding around your house. Add motion lights on the outside of your home especially in spots you can’t see if you have to look out of a window. Also, invest in a camera system outside of your home. One in the back and home in the front. I suggest the Blink system for about $200. Best investment ever.
  3. If the gunshots sound close enough it’s okay to call 911, say shots were fired, give them the street and cross-street and if you don’t want to give them your address just tell them at the beginning, middle or end of the block. If you see anything let them know that too. You don’t have to leave your name or number, but at least do your part in reporting it.
  4. Afterwards, do something that calms you. Read, write, watch a funny movie to take your mind off the stress

In your community, what do you do when shots are fired?

#MotownMom: Home security on a budget: Awesome #Blink for less than $250 on @Amazon

Living in Detroit, you have to do what you can to protect yourself without breaking the bank. Having security is one of the number one ways I’ve found to keep people I don’t want out of my home and stealing my things. There’s also the barbed wire, vicious dog, floor traps, moats of alligators and the labyrinth home with designed as well. (That’s a whole ‘nother post).

I’d also like to note at no time is Blink paying me to say anything. I found this system and I liked it. I really liked it and I wanted others to know about it.

In one year of living in Detroit, I had been robbed over five times. It was crazy and depressing, but I knew I had to get on top of securing my house or find a better way to catch the crooks who were robbing me blind.

First, I got the ADT signs., until I could afford the service. (I pay about $40 a month without the camera system.)

I did want to have camera’s but using ADT is about $60 a month.Yet it’s only for three cameras and cost goes up if you want more cameras. How do you find a way not to pay?

The Beau discovered this Blink system because he just has this ability to stumble across tech that’s awesome.

You get three cameras and a box. Additional cameras can be added without any cost. You hook it up the box to your Internet, download the Blink app and then sync the cameras to the system.

That easy. It took the Beau to install the cameras that come with a light and microphone (so it records in the dark and captures sound) about thirty minutes. We talked about the vulnerable places in the house we needed to see. the basement window, by the side and the hallway inside of the house. And we wanted to be able to control these without having to rely on ADT.

WAh-Lah! That was it.

Clear digital pictures house in 30-second increments on the system and there’s no monthly fee!

Yes! No monthly fee. Once you buy the system, you are using the app for life. That’s it!

For two hundred and fifty dollars that’s not bad at all!

I added an additional back up battery to our Internet so if our power goes out, the Internet will work for about 16 hours. ADT gives you a backup battery system too for a couple of days.

Our next step is to add a generator to the house… a very quiet generator!

All in all, we’re happy with the Blink system. It’s easy to install, cost effective and gives you that added security of “I got you on camera!” #MotownMoms, you should definitely look into it.

How important is security to you? What security system are you thinking about trying? Have tried?

Buy your Blink now!

#MotownMom: Did you know @mieducation provides FREE meals for children under 18 throughout the summer?

Find a meal site here: http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/

Meet up and Eat up

Share Info on Free Summer Meals With Your Friends

Our goal is to feed as many hungry children across the state of Michigan as possible, and you can help. Governor Snyder has declared July 16-22 Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program Awareness Week.

Help us get the word out by sharing info about Meet Up and Eat Up via social media. Your friends and family will appreciate the information and meals for their children.

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Southfield Human Services partners with Tone Up for Tune Ups to help families in need of car repairs May 20 via @Southfield_Gov

There are countless families struggling with something that many people take for granted each day: transportation. Major car repairs seem to pop up at the wrong time and the associated costs can be a fatal blow to a family already struggling financially. To help families in need, the Southfield Human Services Department is co-sponsoring the 6th annual Tone Up for Tune Ups (TUTU) run/walk Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 21575 W. Ten Mile Road.
TUTU is a 5k run/walk or a 1 mile walk for all ages. The 2017 5k run/walk is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for youth (13 and under). All donations are tax deductible. The funds raised by Tone Up for Tune Ups go directly to qualified families screened by the Southfield Human Services Department who need financial support to repair their vehicles. Southfield Human Services supports Tone Up for Tune Ups by managing the people that are beneficiaries of the event, filtering the money to needy families that have gone through an intensive qualification process.

#MotownMom: @QuickenLoans #Detroit Demo Day! via @Kalyn #Mompreneur

Hello!

Quicken Loans is proud to announce the inaugural Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, where hundreds of startups will be competing for $1 million, as part of its continued commitment to strengthen entrepreneurship in the city by expanding program access to all entrepreneurs, including brick-and-mortar businesses.

The one-day event will be the final round of a three-round competition where 20 of the best small businesses in Detroit (or willing to move to Detroit) will be narrowed down to the Top 8 who will each receive a portion of the $1 million of Quicken Loans capital.  Additional capital will be awarded to companies who are crowd favorites – voted on by the Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day attendees. The event will also serve as a way to introduce entrepreneurs to additional investors, funding and support.

As someone who is with us at the forefront of entrepreneurial activity, we are asking for your help in spreading the word about Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day.

Key details include:

  • Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day is for businesses physically located, or willing to relocate to Detroit, that have a product or service ready for sales. Businesses must also have less than $2 million in revenue and less than $1 million in raised capital.

  • 20 finalists will present at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, to a panel of nationally-recognized business leaders who will vote on the Top 8 companies. The Top 8 companies will receive $1 million of Quicken Loans capital allocated in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. The capital will be provided in the form of an interest free debt instrument with a five-year term after a one-year payment-free holiday.
  • Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day is May 25, 2017, 2:00PM at The Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit.

For full details, including eligibility requirements, answers to frequently asked questions, and how to apply, visit: detroitdemoday.com

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

The Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day Team

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Southfield Human Services partners with Tone Up for Tune Ups to help families in need of car repairs May 20 via @Southfield_Gov

There are countless families struggling with something that many people take for granted each day: transportation. Major car repairs seem to pop up at the wrong time and the associated costs can be a fatal blow to a family already struggling financially. To help families in need, the Southfield Human Services Department is co-sponsoring the 6th annual Tone Up for Tune Ups (TUTU) run/walk Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 21575 W. Ten Mile Road.
TUTU is a 5k run/walk or a 1 mile walk for all ages. The 2017 5k run/walk is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for youth (13 and under). All donations are tax deductible. The funds raised by Tone Up for Tune Ups go directly to qualified families screened by the Southfield Human Services Department who need financial support to repair their vehicles. Southfield Human Services supports Tone Up for Tune Ups by managing the people that are beneficiaries of the event, filtering the money to needy families that have gone through an intensive qualification process.

#MotownMom: @QuickenLoans #Detroit Demo Day! via @Kalyn #Mompreneur

Hello!

Quicken Loans is proud to announce the inaugural Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, where hundreds of startups will be competing for $1 million, as part of its continued commitment to strengthen entrepreneurship in the city by expanding program access to all entrepreneurs, including brick-and-mortar businesses.

The one-day event will be the final round of a three-round competition where 20 of the best small businesses in Detroit (or willing to move to Detroit) will be narrowed down to the Top 8 who will each receive a portion of the $1 million of Quicken Loans capital.  Additional capital will be awarded to companies who are crowd favorites – voted on by the Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day attendees. The event will also serve as a way to introduce entrepreneurs to additional investors, funding and support.

As someone who is with us at the forefront of entrepreneurial activity, we are asking for your help in spreading the word about Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day.

Key details include:

  • Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day is for businesses physically located, or willing to relocate to Detroit, that have a product or service ready for sales. Businesses must also have less than $2 million in revenue and less than $1 million in raised capital.

  • 20 finalists will present at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, to a panel of nationally-recognized business leaders who will vote on the Top 8 companies. The Top 8 companies will receive $1 million of Quicken Loans capital allocated in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. The capital will be provided in the form of an interest free debt instrument with a five-year term after a one-year payment-free holiday.
  • Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day is May 25, 2017, 2:00PM at The Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit.

For full details, including eligibility requirements, answers to frequently asked questions, and how to apply, visit: detroitdemoday.com

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

The Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day Team

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#MotownMom: #Detroit Enterprise Principal Named Finalist for Administrator of Year 2017 via Metro #Detroit @nhaschools

A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL MANAGED

BY NATIONAL HERITAGE ACADEMIES

Principal at Detroit Enterprise Named Finalist for

Administrator of Year Award for MAPSA

 

Detroit, Mich., March 30, 2017— Chanavia Patterson, principal of Detroit Enterprise Academy, was named one of five finalist for the 2017 Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) 2017 Administrator of the Year Award.

Patterson was selected from hundreds of nominations across the state for the very competitive annual award.

“Chanavia is a skilled administrator who went to DEA knowing that the school was culturally and academically unhealthy,” said Jami Hoeksma, senior director of school quality for National Heritage Academies (NHA). “She built a strong team, cast a vision, and the results followed. She is passionate about creating a great learning environment for students and continues to overcome every challenge faced by urban school leaders.”

Since her first year at DEA in 2013, she has grown the schools’ Michigan Top-to-bottom ranking from 18 percentile to 51 percentile in 2015-16. Under her leadership, students’ academic performance on the state assessment has grown tremendously.

“I am honored to serve and represent the city of Detroit,” said Patterson. “Detroit Enterprise Academy has been through many transitions, but now the staff, students, and parents can truly benefit from the positive culture and outstanding education we are providing. This nomination is not just for me, but for our entire community!”

DEA was designated as a “beating the odds” Reward School in 2015-16 by the Michigan Department of Education for outperforming the school’s predicted top-to bottom ranking and under Chanavia’s leadership, the school continues to outperform the local district on the state assessment.

Patterson has led the 600-student school since 2013. Ninety-eight percent of students at DEA qualified for free or reduced priced lunch (FRL) in 2015-16.

Other accomplishments under Patterson’s leadership, include:

  • Students’ academic performance on the state assessment in 2015-16 at DEA grew from the previous year compared to their academic peers – at the 61st percentile, well above the state average of 50.
  • Detroit Enterprise Academy continues to outperform the local district on the state assessment.
  • In 2013-14, DEA exceeded the local district in grades 3-8 by 9 percentage points.  Under Ms. Patterson’s leadership, the school increased that margin and now outperforms (SY2015-16) the local district on the state assessment by 11 percentage points.
  • Parent satisfaction at DEA is very high and continues to increase.  In spring of 2016, 94 percent of parents were satisfied with their child’s experience at DEA and 93 percent indicated they were likely to recommend Detroit Enterprise to others.
  • Employees at Detroit Enterprise are satisfied. In spring 2016, employee engagement was 30 percent greater than the global average, and overall employee satisfaction was 100 percent.

On April 26, the finalists for both categories will be honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol. MAPSA plans to announce the final award winners in early May during National Charter School Week.

Detroit Enterprise Academy is a free public charter school that serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

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#MotownMom: Motor City Match – Information Session March 20th. Apps due April1st #Mompreneur #Detroit #NoExcuse

Motor City Match – Information Session
 
Motor City Match is conducting an information session and workshop aimed at previous applicants and new entrepreneurs.  It will describe the program and application process as well as provide detailed assistance for individuals and small groups.  Applications for the next round are due
April 1, 2017.
Motor City Match awards $500,000 each quarter in matching grants to entrepreneurs launching or expanding a business in Detroit.  The program helps connect business owners with quality spaces and other business resources as well as helping property owners find tenants for their vacant spaces.
Information Session
When: March 20, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: TechTown Detroit – 440 Burroughs St.