The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club raises $1.4 Million for Detroiters in need

March 2, 2015 - garden totes


The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s 28th annual Bed Bread Club Radiothon lifted $1,397,817 to quarrel craving and homelessness during today’s 16-hour event, that aired live from a new venue,Emagine Theatres in Royal Oak, on News/Talk 760 WJR.

The 2015 sum pushed contributions lifted during a Radiothon’s 28-year story above a $30 million mark. By evening’s end, sum contributions given a Radiothon’s launch in 1988 reached $31,158,073 million.

The sum supports lifted enclosed a $300 personal present from James Robertson, a Detroiter who spent a final 10 years walking 21 miles a day to and from his bureau pursuit in Rochester Hills. His story recently gained media courtesy and inexhaustible donations from around metro Detroit.

For a fifth year in a row, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit partnered with News/Talk 760 WJR and a on-air personalities Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom and Big Al Muskavito, as good as Ken Rogulski, Steve Courtney, Ken Brown and Ed Kelly.

Bed Bread Club Chairman and late Detroit radio Hall of Famer Dick Purtan returned to a airwaves to horde a final 3 hours of a marathon broadcast. He was assimilated by Purtan’s People Jackie Purtan, Joe Noune, Dave Zoran, Rebekah Rhoades, Jim Ochs and Big Al.

Among a day’s largest contributions:

  • Ford Motor Company Fund easily donated $170,000, of that $120,000 will emanate “Harrison,” a special Junior Bed Bread lorry designed after a charcterised star of a Bed Bread cartoon. “Harrison” will revisit schools as a Junior Bed Bread Club envoy as good as offer meals.
  • Moran Chevrolet donated a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, that will be awarded as a doorway prize. In addition, Pat Moran done a personal $10,000 relating donation.
  • Marathon Petroleum Corp. affianced one year of fuel for a newest lorry in a Bed Bread program’s unchanging fleet, combined by Ford Motor Company Fund’s inexhaustible 2014 Radiothon contribution.
  • Again this year, Garden Fresh Gourmet of Ferndale sponsored a Bed Bread receptacle house for $25,000 and an additional $10,000 from a company’s employees. President and CEO of Garden Fresh, Jack Aronson and his mother Annette privately contributed a $35,000 relating present in a broadcast’s final hours. Co-CEO and General Council of Garden Fresh John Latella and his mother Shelly gave $2,500.
  • Toyota Motor Sales USA announced an additional $10,000 on tip of a prior $15,000 concession by a automaker’s “Walk in My Boots” event, that supposing 150 pairs of Moosejaw boots to women and children during The Salvation Army’s Denby Center.

o   Toyota was presented with The Salvation Army’s 2015 Corporate Giving Award, noticing a corporation’s unusual support of a Bed Bread program.

  • Michigan Financial Companies donated $25,000 generated by a early-February Comedy for a Cause fundraiser during Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak.
  • During a mixed compare noon hour, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Advisory Board and a Metropolitan Detroit Women’s Auxiliary donated some-more than $46,240.  The monies during this time were designated for a Bed Bread Drop-In Center during Christ Church Detroit.  The Alexa Brown Memorial Fund matched donations adult to $100,000 during this time.
  • The Dick and Gail Purtan Family Foundation contributed $30,000, and Edsel and Cynthia Ford contributed $25,000, both in relating gifts. Actor and comedian Tim Allen called in a $15,000 relating gift. In further to providing Emagine Theatre Royal Oak as a Radiothon venue, owner and authority of Emagine Entertainment, Paul Glantz, privately gave a $10,000 relating gift.
  • Other poignant contributions via a 16-hour promote enclosed a $15,000 relating present from ITC Holdings Corp., $10,000 concession from NAI Farbman/The Farbman Group; $10,000 from Stream Michigan; $6,000 from Andiamo; and $5,000 any from Pat Milliken Ford and Detroit recording artist, KEM.

“Residents and companies opposite metro Detroit have unequivocally shown their loyal colors today, by giving to those who need it many by their smashing contributions and resounding support of a Bed Bread Program,” pronounced Major Mark Anderson, ubiquitous secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “We wish to demonstrate a deepest thankfulness to Tom O’Brien and everybody during WJR, as good as Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People, Paul Glantz and a staff of Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. Thank we so most for a extensive success of a 28th annual Radiothon and for creation it all possible.”

“Each year WJR has partnered with The Salvation Army for a Radiothon, we are always unapproachable of a implausible support a listeners uncover for a Bed Bread program,” pronounced News/Talk 760 WJR General Manager Tom O’Brien. “We are blissful WJR can be a partial of assisting to feed and preserve those who are confronting a cold this year, all by a good work of The Salvation Army.”

The nonprofit’s Bed Bread Program is only saved by a annual Radiothon—the largest single-market, single-day radio fundraiser in a country. Every dollar lifted during a Radiothon is going directly to a Bed Bread program, that serves some-more than 5,000 dishes any day to men, women and children who would differently go without. That’s some-more than 1.8 million dishes any year. The module also shelters some-more than 600 homeless people any night, some-more than 212,000 nights annually.

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