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Big Green plans to build learning gardens in 100 schools

PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Big Green, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building a healthier future for kids, is announcing that it will expand to Metro Detroit to build Learning Gardens in 100 local schools giving tens of thousands of kids a beautiful outdoor space and real food literacy programs.
 At the helm of Big Green Detroit is Michigan native and long-time metro Detroit resident, Ken Elkins.
     "Access to real food is one of the key challenges facing our society. Unless we curb our addiction to processed, calorie rich, nutrient poor foods and replace them with real food, we will continue to suffer from obesity-related diseases that kill more people than smoking or gun violence," said Kimbal Musk, Co-Founder and CEO of Big Green. "Detroit is a resilient city with passionate and dedicated residents who care about the future of their kids and schools. There is inspiring work happening in urban agriculture, community gardening, and school gardens in Detroit; and we are proud to join this collective effort to impact even more kids."
    Among its supporters is Gordon Food Service.
    "We believe in the power of good food, and are committed to serving in the communities where we live and work," said Rich Wolowski, President and CEO of Gordon Food Service. "Kimbal Musk and his team at Big Green are making great strides toward meaningful and measurable change by rallying support in pursuit of a healthier future for our kids in schools. We are incredibly proud to be a part of this ambitious program to help kids in Michigan."
  Detroit represents the seventh American city for Big Green in its nationwide effort to build 1000 Learning Gardens in 10 cities by the end of 2020. The expansion to Detroit is now possible thanks to the generous corporate, foundation, and individual donors who collectively gave $2 million, nearly half of the $5 million capital campaign necessary to build beautiful, outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in 100 schools in Detroit. 
  "Kimbal's passion is inspiring and I was thrilled after we spoke to learn that his focus would be on Detroit's children, creating amazing outdoor spaces to play and learn," said Carole Ilitch. "Those like Kimbal, who help Detroit's children, ultimately help build a stronger Detroit."
  With the announcement, Big Green is also naming Ken as the Detroit Regional Director. Ken is now hiring a local team of garden educators and project managers. He's also partnering with Detroit landscape companies. Big Green Detroit is also now accepting applications from superintendents, principals, teachers and parents in Detroit to apply for a learning garden in their school. The organization will notify its first school in March 2018 and begin building Learning Gardens this April.

2018 Charity Preview raises 
$5.1m for children
PRNewsire -- The heart of the Motor City and soul of Motown recently took center stage as nearly $1.5 million was raised for children's charities at the 2018 North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS) Charity Preview at Cobo Center. In all, over 13,000 people attended the black-tie gala, recognized as the largest annual single-night fundraiser in the world.
  "Earlier in the week, we saw a powerful lineup of products and leaders come together to advance our industry's mobility-focused future," said 2018 NAIAS Chairman Ryan LaFontaine. "Tonight, we see that same industry and our entire Motor City rally around the most vulnerable within our community."
  The event directly benefits a wide range of children's charities, helping to fund services for children of all ages from birth to 18. Beneficiaries of NAIAS Charity Preview include:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit
Children's Center
The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund
Detroit PAL
Judson Center
March of Dimes Metro Detroit
  The iconic group, The Four Tops, helped to celebrate the night of kids, cars and Motown with a special performance on Cobo's Atrium stage. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) presented a $75,000 gift to the Motown Museum during The Four Tops' performance. 
  Charity Preview builds on Preview Week's momentum of global vehicle and technology reveals and industry-shaping announcements. With an expanded AutoMobili-D showcase, featuring 240 brands with 57 startups, the exposition is a full overview of the automotive ecosystem under one roof. 
  Now in its 30th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place. Administered by executive director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. For more information, visit naias.com.