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2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook

Pistons in the Comunity On January 28, 2016 the Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores announced a private sector campaign to raise at least $10 million and deploy operational resources to a broad range of short- and long-term initiatives to help address the crisis in Flint, Michigan. A Flint native, Gores said he would rally support from the Detroit Pistons organization, business and civic leaders for both immediate relief efforts in the unfolding water crisis, and long-term programs focused on economic development, nutrition and health care for residents of the city. Pistons players, Stan Van Gundy and executives committed $500,000 to the fundraising effort — Vice Chairman Arn Tellem & Pistons Legend Bob Lanier went to Flint delivering donation. Pistons organization hosted FlintNOW night at The Palace honoring Flint’s volunteers and first responders from the American Red Cross and the United Way. Gores also partnered with the local Detroit TV station WDIV/FlintNOW Telethon where he matched donations to a total of $1.1 million. On March 30, 2016 Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores and Huntington Bank CEO Steve Steinour announced a comprehensive economic development program aimed at boosting the economy of Flint, Michigan and providing relief to businesses and residents of the city and surrounding areas. The initiative will provide $25 million for programs to support homeowners, businesses, entrepreneurs and residents of Flint and Genesee County. It is the product of a unique partnership between FlintNOW and Huntington Bank, and the shared commitment of Mr. Gores and Mr. Steinour to be part of the solution in Flint. Please visit FLINTNOW.ORG for more information on FlintNOW initiatives. The Detroit Pistons Foundation’s mission is to administer funds for charitable purposes, raise awareness and provide financial support statewide in the areas of volunteerism, and youth leadership in athletics and entertainment. In addition, The Detroit Pistons Foundation supports player charities and NBA League sponsored programs including, but not limited to, education and literacy, green initiatives, mentorship and autism awareness. The Detroit Pistons, Owner Tom Gores, Vice Chairman Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons Foundation recently began a campaign to connect the Pistons with key community organizations in Detroit and the region. The goal is to show ownership and organization commitment to being a stakeholder and contributor to the continued revitalization of Detroit and the region. The gifting/partnership plan provides a cumulative commitment of more than $1.4 million in grants to eight Metro Detroit charities over the next few years. Each partnership includes a philanthropic grant and alignment with a player, executive or legend of the Detroit Pistons team. Detroit Pistons 2016–17 Yearbook 105 • BING Youth Institute: $75,000 • Black History Month Scholarships: $50,000 • City Year Detroit: $300,000 (over 3 years) • Detroit PAL: $ 300,000 (over 3 years) • Forgotten Harvest: $300,000 (over 3 years) • Grow Detroit’s Young Talent: $100,000 • HAVEN of Oakland County: $30,000 • S.A.Y. Detroit: $600,000 (over 6 years) Please visit PISTONS.COM/FOUNDATION for more information about the Detroit Pistons Foundation.


2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook
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