United Way to celebrate a century of Living United with Campus Martius birthday bash

Friday, August 18, 2017

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is throwing a birthday bash with all the trimmings befitting of a 100 year tri-county institution. While it is United Way turning 100 years old, the organization’s President and CEO Dr. Herman Gray is inviting the public to join the festivities with free family fun designed for everyone, along with the opportunity to lift their voices in the singing of the Happy Birthday song on Saturday, August 19 at 6 p.m. at Campus Martius Park in Detroit.

As part of the festivities, United Way is serving as lead sponsor for an under-the-stars viewing of the kid-friendly movie “Sing,” part of Faygo Movie Night in the D.’ The movie begins at 8 p.m. and the popcorn will be poppin’ all night long. Civic leaders, including a representative from the Mayor’s office and from all three counties, will be present, and no birthday party would be complete without cupcakes, family-friendly games and activities. United Way will also have giveaways to help K-12 students get ready as they head back to school. All activities are free of charge.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan has been in celebration mode all year long, and the fun continues into next year with a spectacular gala. Additionally, the organization successfully launched a new online volunteer portal where more than a thousand individuals have signed up to help make a difference. The organization has also received proclamations from Detroit City Mayor Mike Duggan, Council President Brenda Jones, and from commission chairs from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, and in October, a social media contest will be launched for the organization to reach 10,000 Facebook followers.

Since 1917, the nonprofit, known then as Detroit Community Union, has served as the region’s unifier—convening the power of public, private and nonprofit partners. Today, United Way for Southeastern Michigan serves residents in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties focused on three core areas of Health, Education, and Economic Prosperity.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.UnitedWaySEM.org

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About United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan mobilizes the caring power of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout the region. The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community. United Way provides opportunities to invest in the metropolitan Detroit community through volunteerism, advocacy, and its annual campaign. United Way is a leader in convening partners to achieve positive outcomes around education, economic prosperity and health. For more information visit www.UnitedWaySEM.org.