MGM Grand Detroit remembers Ali ‘Ollie’ Woodson, pledges support to National Leukemia Cancer Foundation

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    The late, legendary Temptations vocalist Ali “Ollie” Woodson lent his soulful, powerful vocals to the “Touch the Lion” theme song for MGM Grand Detroit. In his memory, MGM Grand Detroit has offered the complete theme song and ringtone for download. Proceeds collected will be split equally between the Woodson family and the National Leukemia Cancer Foundation.

    Woodson, Detroit native and lead singer for the Temptations (after Dennis Edward) passed May 30, after a battle with cancer. Known for his charismatic savior-faire, musical prowess and positive attitude – professionally and personally – Woodson is the soulful voice behind the “Touch the Lion” theme song for MGM Grand Detroit.

    “We are grateful and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Ollie,” said Matthew Buckley, Vice President of Marketing, Player Development, and Hotel Operations at MGM Grand Detroit. “We would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to honor a legend and member of the MGM Grand Detroit family. The song is a fond memory and key reminder that music touches lives.”

    Awarded the 2010 Forbes Four-Star Award and AAA’s prestigious Four-Diamond rating, MGM Grand Detroit is the city’s first and only downtown hotel, gaming, and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world’s preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan; and 30,000 square feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements.

    To download the “Touch the Lion” theme song or ringtone, please visit:


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