In the 1950s, Detroit was America’s fourth most populous city, with 1.85 million people living there during the peak of the U.S. auto business boom. Now, In 2017, the population of Detroit has dropped to an estimated 720,000. Once the quintessence of well-paying blue collar jobs, the city declared bankruptcy in 2013, after the auto manufacturing jobs that were the lifeblood of the city’s economy had dried up. While the city successfully exited the bankruptcy, crime, poverty, and urban blight continues to be on going problems. In a city ridden off by far too many, there are pockets of people that are offering hope.
Born and Raised Detroit Foundation (BARD) is a nonprofit organization that supports education-based initiatives that contribute to building a stronger community and positive way of life. Since 2011, BARD has been dedicated to keeping Detroiters connected across the United States in efforts to support and contribute to the city of Detroit, making it a hopeful place for future generations. BARD is made up of innovative individuals who were born and raised in the Detroit area that are involved in promoting charitable and financial goals that support programs taking place on the ground in Detroit. In a simpler sense, they host fundraisers all over the country and donate the proceeds to some deserving causes.
On April 7th, BARD hosted the 6th Annual Show Your Love for Detroit event at The Bowery Hotel in NYC. Over 425 young professionals attended the amazing event, raising more than $40,000 for youth-based charities taking place in the Metro-Detroit area. In total, over the past six years, BARD has raised more than $400,000, donating significant amounts to non-profits, such as Detroit Youth Boxing Gym, Detroit Achievement Academy and Detroit Swims. The night was filled with live music, an open bar and a remarkable silent auction. The guests were proudly supporting a cause that went back to their roots.
Detroit needs help. We can’t leave the next generation of kids filled with talent and promise to fend for themselves. Like the founder of Parker Lynch said, “Experiences that positively contribute to the upbringing of Detroit’s youth lie at the core of Born & Raised Detroit.” To help make a difference, join Born & Raised Detroit in its efforts to strengthen by raising awareness of the need for community support.
For more information and how to donate to BARD, click here.