Mitch Albom and S.A.Y. Detroit distributed checks totaling over one million dollars to 20 area charities on Thursday. The money comes from donations raised at Albom’s fourth annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December.

Albom, who founded S.A.Y. Detroit in 2006, presented the checks to the benefiting charities in a ceremony with Dr. Chad Audi, President of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

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The checks were distributed to the following charities:

Humble Design: $5,000
DeVos Center (DRMM): $10,000
Vista Maria: $10,000
Jewish Vocational Services: $15,000
Latin Americans for Social & Economic Development (LA SED Inc): $10,000
Macomb Charitable: $2,500
COTS/Bright Beginnings: $10,000
The Empowerment Plan: $5,000
College for Creative Studies/Dream Scholars: $30,000
S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic: $300,000
United Sisters of Charity/Mother Batie’s Kitchen: $10,000
Westside Cultural & Athletic Club: $10,000
Veterans Matter: $10,000
Cass Community Social Services: $25,000
Real Life. My Music: $7,500
Working Homes Working Families: $125,000
S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park: $400,000
DRMM Dignity Project: $15,000
Michigan Veterans Foundation: $10,000
Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church: $5,000

“As founder of S.A.Y. Detroit, this is always our happiest day of the year because we’re able to help not only our own efforts for Detroit’s neediest citizens, but many of the other worthy charity organizations that do the same,” Albom said. “The groups that we have selected embody the best of Detroit’s spirit of community and cooperation, and we’re so pleased to share the generosity of our Radiothon donors with them.”

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