Daily Briefs

 Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit exceeds fundraising goal

The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit has exceeded its 2013 fundraising goal of $1.2 million by $25,246. The official amount raised is $1,225,246.  

Of the total amount raised, $52,166 was raised through the 100th Annual Detroit Goodfellows’ Sales Day on December 2.  Hundreds of Detroit Goodfellows, Detroit police officers and Detroit firefighters sold a special “Goodfellow edition” of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press in various locations throughout the city. 
“We are so happy to not only have met, but to have exceeded our goal this year. This will help us to improve our program as we continue to bring Christmas to metro Detroit’s kids,” said Frank Brady, immediate past president of the Detroit Goodfellows. 

Detroit Goodfellows distributed 35,000 gift packages through Detroit police precincts to needy children in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods and River Rouge this past holiday season. A total of 11,000 dolls were given to little girls aged 4-9 as part of the Goodfellow gift packages containing books, warm clothes, toys and candy.  The packages were provided to children whose names were submitted by public, private, parochial and charter school officials. It is estimated that one out of every three Detroit public schoolchildren receives a Detroit Goodfellows holiday gift box.

As the Detroit Goodfellows sets its goal for 2014, the same number of packages will be produced. However, since the goal was exceeded this year, the Detroit Goodfellows is confident it can raise its goal for the coming year to $1.25 million in order to improve on the packages and include more winter weather clothing. 

Learn how to become a Belle Isle Park or State of Michigan contractor 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and the D2D Program of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), will hold a free, half-day seminar for businesses that want to learn how to contract with the State of Michigan for construction goods and services, including at Belle Isle Park.
The seminar, set for Friday, Feb. 21, at the Belle Isle Casino on Belle Isle, Detroit, is available as a morning or afternoon session. Session times are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Registration is required ahead of the event, as seating is limited. It is open to all businesses interested in becoming a State of Michigan contractor.

“This week, Belle Isle became Michigan’s 102nd state park,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “This seminar will provide the information, resources and expertise that businesses need in order to effectively bid on state contracts, including contracts for Belle Isle Park.”

To register for the morning or afternoon session or for more information, visit www.BelleIslePark.org and click on "Vendor Session Registration." The link to register, “Register Here,” is located at the bottom of the page.