During the weekend of December 10-30, 2010 DTE and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) will host a “Weekend of Giving” aimed at raising money to help low income Detroiter’s keep their heat on through these difficult times.
The goal of the weekend is to raise 1 million dollars that will be given to those in need to help with their energy bills.
The weekends festivities are as follows: Beginning Friday, December 10, City Council President Charles Pugh will host THAW’s annual “Night of Warm Hearts” fundraising event at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. This event will include a VIP reception, silent auction, strolling dinner, special award presentations, dancing and entertainment by Modern Tribe featuring Charles and Gwen Scales.
Saturday, December 11, will be “Hallelujah for Heat,” a fundraising gospel concert featuring Gospel Vocalist and Pastor Deitrick Haddon and the Voices of Unity. Other guest to include Tramaine Hawkins and Charles Martin; also the DSA Choir, a Detroit Public School choir made up of students from the Detroit School of the Fine and Performing Arts. The concert will be held at Second Ebenezer Baptist Church where Reverend Edgar Vann is Pastor. Second Ebenezer is located at 14601 Dequindre Road Detroit, MI 48212. Tickets will be donated to community organizations and local churches for distribution. A limited number of tickets are available for Family and Friends sponsors.
Finally and maybe most importantly on Monday, December 13, DTE Energy’s Customer Assistance Day at Cobo Hall 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. All funds raised during the weekend will be distributed to those who are having a hard time paying their energy bills and maintain their service. Human services, wellness, credit and housing agencies will join DTE Energy and THAW in providing much needed assistance. Qualified low income customers are urged to pre-register by phoning (877) 245-7084 by December 3 (Ok I know the date already passed, but it can’t hurt to call and see if you can still pre-register, regardless you should go to COBO and try and get help).
Please be sure to spread the word via phone calls, church bulletins and word of mouth. Do not solely rely on Internet as there are still many of us in need who do not have access to the internet.
Be blessed and be warm,