My church is involved with a great organization called Central Detroit Christian Development Corporation. Together with the CDC our church purchases and refurbishes homes and gives them away to needy families in Detroit. This organization and its partners are helping to bring the city back one family and neighborhood at a time. The CDC also provides after-school tutoring, job skills training, parenting classes and has several vegetable gardens that provide fresh produce to the neighborhoods. Recently, the CDC purchased an abandoned church building that will be transformed into a preschool to provide the early educational opportunities so desperately needed in the community it serves. I’m proud of my church for being part of the healing and renewed sense of hope we are seeing in our beloved “D”.
This Saturday evening, my church, Ward Evangelical Presbyterian in Northville, Michigan, is hosting a benefit concert for the CDC. All proceeds from “Christmas for the D” will go to purchase more houses, help to renovate the new preschool building and generally support the work that’s going on in the city. American Idol star, Jena Irene Asciutto headlines the event hosted by Chuck Gaidica and former Miss America Kirsten Haglund. Concert-goers will also enjoy the musical offerenings of Detroit’s Selected of God Choir (America’s Got Talent), the Northville High School Choir and Drumline and the Clarenceville High School Choir. It’s going to be a fabulous night of Christmas music!
So, in honor of the work of the CDC I’m giving away two tickets to the 7 PM show!!! All you have to do to win is write one sentence about why you love Detroit or share a Detroit memory and your name will be entered into a drawing! You’ve got a little over 24 hours to leave your comments. The drawing will take place at Noon on Friday, December 4!
You don’t want to miss this incredible chance to hear some of the best music of the Christmas Season and celebrate the amazing work of the CDC! Now, let’s get those comments rolling!