"The Masons are making a tremendous commitment to the future of Detroit's kids," Albom said. "From the beginning, the Masons expressed unbridled enthusiasm for helping on all levels of our city's needs, from day care to senior citizens. I have been overwhelmed by the Masons' level of commitment and devotion to doing good work."
Albom said the Masons' gift -- "M.A.D.E. by Masons" standing for Making a Difference Everywhere – will enhance the center's educational curriculum and other programs.
"Too many Detroit children face the barriers of illiteracy and achieving their full potential," said William Finkel, Grand Master of Michigan Masons. "The Michigan Masons through the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation are committed to helping these children. Organizations like S.A.Y. Detroit are vital to the future of Detroit."
S.A.Y. Detroit and its partner, the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, also operate and support a number of other area charities, including Working Homes Working Families, the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic and Detroit Dream Scholars. The Michigan Masons pledged to commit to volunteering and working alongside S.A.Y. Detroit on various nonprofit projects and programs each year.
The Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation is dedicated to continually providing quality programs and services for Masons and their families while making communities a better place to live. There are over 30,000 Masons in the state of Michigan, with more than 250 lodges dedicated to community service and fraternal fellowship among its members.
S.A.Y. Detroit was founded in 2006 by best-selling author and journalist Mitch Albom. Operated in partnership with the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, S.A.Y. Detroit (Super All Year) - a 501 (c) (3) charity - and its group of non-profits are committed to helping improve the lives of Detroit's neediest citizens. All administrative costs are paid privately.
Mark Lane -- MCCI on behalf of the Michigan Masons
Marc "Rosey" Rosenthal
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SOURCE Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation