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DTE Energy Foundation Named Presenting Sponsor for 10th Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day

More than 100 cleanup projects city-wide with festivals, parades, health fairs, and back-to-school events Saturday August 6, 2016 Sunup to Sundown

DETROIT – ARISE Detroit! is proud to announce today that the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, will be the presenting sponsor for the 10th annual Neighborhoods Day. The massive community service day involves more than 200 churches, community groups and block clubs and thousands of volunteers throughout the city.

This is third straight year the DTE Energy Foundation has been a sponsor for Neighborhoods Day, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, in neighborhoods across Detroit. The day will include numerous festivals, educational events, cleanup projects, garden plantings and volunteer initiatives with local businesses joining hands with city residents and suburbanites. DTE Energy employees also will volunteer in a Detroit neighborhood restoration project as part of the company’s Month of Caring in the week leading up to Neighborhoods Day.

“The DTE Energy Foundation believes strongly in being a force for growth and prosperity in the communities where we live and serve, and that starts with building safer, more inviting and commercially viable neighborhoods. By partnering with ARISE Detroit!, we can have a larger impact across our city to create vibrant, walkable and healthy neighborhoods,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy and board chair and president, DTE Energy Foundation.

Additionally, DTE Energy Foundation is a major sponsor of this year’s inaugural “Thank You Detroit Festival” at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit on Saturday, August 13. This new event is a partnership between ARISE Detroit! and Starr Commonwealth’s Art of Resilience Summer Youth Festival, which showcases more than 500 performances and exhibitions by young Detroit artists.

Through the support of The Kresge Foundation and Detroit Future City, ARISE Detroit! is once again providing vouchers for more than 100 beautification and cleanup projects on Neighborhoods Day. The vouchers, available only to groups that have registered their activities for Neighborhoods Day, can be redeemed for supplies and materials at three AAA True Value Hardware stores in Detroit.

Local businesses are deploying volunteers on Neighborhoods Day at sites across the city. In addition, a number of Detroit Public Schools will be “adopted” for volunteer projects.

All 28 Detroit McDonald’s restaurants will participate by offering various customer promotions and incentives. On Neighborhoods Day, the restaurant chain will sell a special promotion of 10 chicken McNuggets for $1.99.

“The Detroit McDonald’s restaurant owners are proud to join the hundreds of local businesses, community groups, civic organizations and churches in support of ARISE Detroit! and its 10th annual Neighborhoods Day,” said Jon Campbell, a McDonald’s restaurant owner who was born and raised in Detroit. “Our great city is enriched by so many who are stepping up and joining together to help one another and beautify Detroit on this collective day of action.”

Neighborhoods Day events and activities will be found throughout the city, stretching from the Detroit Riverfront to Eight Mile Road.  Events also will be held throughout August as interest in expanding the mission of Neighborhoods Day continues to grow.

“Neighborhoods Day is a phenomenal testament to the spirit of Detroiters,” said ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith. “This is a uniquely Detroit event in spirit and accomplishment. There is nothing quite like ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day anywhere else. It is a day for all who love the city. We also invite the community to come to Campus Martius Park for the ‘Thank You Detroit Festival,’ which is our way of saying thanks for 10 years of supporting Neighborhoods Day.”

ARISE Detroit! has promoted and marketed more than 1,400 events held in connection with Neighborhoods Day since the event began in 2007.  Last year, a record 256 groups registered for Neighborhoods Day activities.

VOLUNTEERING FOR NEIGHBORHOODS DAY

Groups and individuals can volunteer for Neighborhoods Day by going to the website, www.arisedetroit.org, clicking the event list and contacting groups that have listed projects. For more information, call 313-921-1955.

2016 Neighborhoods Day Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy Foundation
Ten-For-Ten Campaign sponsors: The Kresge Foundation, Quicken Loans, Detroit Future City, Knight Foundation, Meijer, McDonald’s, Starr Commonwealth

Major Sponsors: Comerica Bank, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, PNC Bank, The Skillman Foundation, DMC, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MGM Grand Detroit, LISC, Greektown Hotel and Casino, Waste Management of Michigan, Providence Health Care, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Health System, Samaritan Center, Special Tree Rehabilitation, Bel Air Luxury Cinema, and AAA True Value Hardware

Media Sponsors: WXYZ, WWJ-Radio 950, Comcast/NBC Universal, Radio One, WHPR, Michigan Chronicle, The Hub, Detroit Unspun, Greeningdetroit.com, TV20, and WADL

ARISE Detroit! is a nonprofit community mobilization coalition of more than 400 churches, block clubs and businesses, promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit.

For more information on Neighborhoods Day call 313-921-1955 or visit www.arisedetroit.org.  ARISE Detroit! is located at 5555 Conner,  Suite 1233, Detroit, Michigan 48213.

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company's service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.