30 years of fun in the sun at Detroit Metro Youth Day event #MetroDetroitYouthDay #TellUsDetroit

Plenty of activities for youngsters to engage in at one of the summer’s highlight events, The Metro Detroit Youth Day held Wednesday July 11, 2012 at Belle Isle Park. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The 30th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day brought in thousands of children for another successful year. On July 11, 2012 the Belle Isle Athletic Field was filled with contest, entertainment, free sport clinics and workshops for metro Detroit youth. Ed Deebs co-founder of the event welcomed all of the children and honored some special invited guest.

Youth between the ages of 8-15 gathered at the largest youth event in Michigan. Over the years this event has grown tremendously and brought in over 35,000 children. Metro Detroiters along with leaders like Ed Deeb are supporting the city and starting with the youth whom need our help the most.

Sports stars, government officials, and media celebrities were honored for their support, courage and contributions to the city of Detroit. Some of the dignitaries honored at the event included Willie Horton former Detroit Tiger and Hall of Famer, University of Detroit Mercy Basketball Coach Ray McCallum, and Detroit Pistons legend Rick Mahorn. The dignitaries also offered words of encouragement to both kids, and their parents.

“Parents you have to realize your role, and you have to go out there and represent Detroit well”
said Rick Mahorn to the parents of Metro Detroit Youth Day



As the day filled kids with excitement, it was also a day filled with education, and motivation. One of the features to help educate kids was college row. Selected Michigan colleges made an appearance to present information to children and parents about higher education. Over 81 scholarships were awarded to high school graduating seniors.

“No longer is it just fun and games. Students and volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the “College Row” area to learn more about these colleges and universities.” Ed Deeb

Youngsters eagerly await the start of one of the summer’s highlight events, The Metro Detroit Youth Day held Wednesday July 11, 2012 at Belle Isle Park. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

Participating in the event were more than 320 community and youth organizations which include more than 220 businesses, civic organizations and government agencies as sponsors. The organizations awarding the scholarships include AT&T Michigan, Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA), Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Lions, and others. Metro Detroit Youth Day corporate sponsors include GM foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MIchigan, WDIV-TV4 and Pepsi Beverages Company.

To participate in next years’ Metro Detroit Youth Day, or for more information about sponsorships, visit the Metro Detroit Youth Day site.


The Detroit River will be on ‘Blast’ at the 2012 @DetroitGoldCup Hydroplane Race #TellUsDetroit

By Abenaah Ezrah/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Returning to Detroit this weekend is the 2012 Detroit APBA Gold Cup races presented by the Detroit Yacht Club.

Friday July 13th – 15th, 2012 The Detroit River Gold Coast will continue its 86th year tradition in the city with 12 Unlimited Hydroplanes traveling over 200 miles per hour on water, along with Light Hydroplanes and Vintage Hydroplanes. The race will run along the Detroit River at the Roostertail water front entrance and Belle Isle. A special demonstration from a US Navy FA-18 including two acrobat planes and a fly over is scheduled for Sunday.

Event Director, Mark Weber says that ticket sales are up 17 to 18 percent from last year and are still available for this weekend’s race on www.Gold-Cup.com

The Detroit APBA Gold Cup race organized a group to attend and watch the race, the “New Kids on the Course” program will gather youth from Focus: HOPE, the salvation Army of Metro Detroit and Grace Christian Church of Sterling Heights ages 5-14 years to attend Friday, July 13th from 9am-12pm. To get involve email inquires to goldcuptours@aol.com 

Dave Bing gave his verbal stamp of approval, “It shows off our city, and allows people to see a different side of Detroit.”

Warmed up for the race, J.W. Meyers, driver of a Unlimited Hydroplane said, “Were just here to compete for the Gold Cup and to put Peters & May on the Gold Cup.”

For more information about the APBA Gold Cup Race and ticket information visit: www.Gold-Cup.com 


Yvette Bing Speaks on nursing the Mayor back to health

Mayor Bing and First Lady come out to support Walk MS Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Mayor Dave Bing joined over a thousand walkers outside Comerica Park Sunday morning for the Walk MS Detroit. This was his first public appearance since he fell ill resulting in surgery early last month.

The mayor said he was feeling better as he and his wife, Yvette, waved to supporters at the walk, aimed at raising awareness and funding for multiple sclerosis research.

The mayor’s wife, Yvette, had a twin sister who suffered with the debilitating disease for 40 years.
Both the mayor and his wife made brief comments before taking part in the walk. “It’s a very devastating and unpredictable disease,” Mrs. Bing said.

As for the mayor’s health, Mrs. Bing said “he’s ready” to get back to work at city hall tomorrow. “He was getting bored at home,” Mrs. Bing said.

The mayor will return to City Hall on Monday. Bing has been out since March 22, when he was experiencing discomfort at the dentist and asked to be driven to Henry Ford Hospital. Two days later, he had surgery to repair a hole in his colon. After being released following the surgery, he was readmitted for a few days after doctor’s diagnosed acute pulmonary embolism in his lungs.

The mayor has been monitoring developments in the city’s consent decree with the state, including the progress in the hiring search for a chief financial officer and program management director.

In a phone interview with reporters recently, Bing said he would start slowly and not work full days until his health is 100 percent.


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