More than 1,000 Detroit residents, including nearly 600 children – served by food providers throughout the City of Detroit – will be treated to a special holiday Dec. 15 at the 6th Annual Good Neighbor Holiday Dinnerhosted by Forgotten Harvest and the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. MaryBarra, CEO of General Motors, will be one of the event presenters.
“This event is a celebration of the heart that is Detroit, not only during the holidays but alsothroughout the year,” stated Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest. “Over 58 percent ofour kids live in poverty in the City of Detroit. Thanks to the generosity of the DetroitMarriott at the Renaissance Center and the GM Foundation, we can go home thisevening knowing we have brought a smile to the faces of 600 kids and confident thatForgotten Harvest will continue its quest to be certain one day no child has to go to bedhungry.”
The dinner, held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, will serve as aholiday celebration for those in need. The Renaissance Ballroom will be transformedinto a festive holiday party from 5-7 p.m. where children will receive several gifts,including winter hats, coloring books and crayons, Chevrolet Matchbox cars and candycanes thanks to the GM Foundation. The children will also be visited by Santa and hiselves, Detroit Pistons mascot Hooper and Detroit Lions mascot Roary, and will enjoy amagician performance.
The event is possible thanks to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, as wellas the GM Foundation and GM employee volunteers who will be preparing food,setting up the facility, managing the buffet lines and distributing gifts.
“Hosting the families for dinner each year has become a holiday tradition at thehotel,” said Shonda Johnson, Area General Manager, Detroit Marriott at theRenaissance Center. “Our chefs are delighted to cook them a hot meal and our hotel associates are eager to welcome them again this year as they set up the room, serve the food, and entertain the children. It really is an event that speaks to the true meaning of the holiday season.”
“In the midst of this busy time of year, it’s important for us to give thanks, especially by giving back to the city we call home,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Our longtime partnership with Forgotten Harvest is very dear to us and we look forward to the years ahead to help relieve hunger in Metro Detroit.”
The holiday dinner guests will be coming from various agencies that Forgotten Harvestserves throughout the year, including: Latino Family Services, Matrix Human Services,New Breed Church, The Salvation Army, Sowing Empowerment and EconomicDevelopment (SEED) and Wayside Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the GM Foundation,other event sponsors include: Bodman PLC; Bridgestone; Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix; Comer Foundation; C & S Companies; DTE Energy; Cynthia & Edsel Ford;Mike & Julie Garavaglia; Garden Fresh Gourmet; Harness, Dickey and Pierce;Hollywood Markets; Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC; Kroger Co.; Michigan.com; Michael& Peggy Pitt; Stephen & Beth Swartz; Telemus Capital, LLC; Westin Book Cadillac andWolverine Packing.