SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A game of baseball… all to bring people together for Detroit. Pitch for Detroit, a community-wide event to raise funds for rebuilding the city, will take place at Inglenook Park in Southfield, Sunday afternoon.

Event Co-Chair Ben Gordon said they have one goal in mind.

“To organize an event to bring young people together in the community, it creates a sense of a cohesive, young community, as I think a lot of young people are starting to think more about Detroit.”

The game will also raise money for the “Live Detroit Fund,” which is a rent subsidy program to get people to move downtown. Gordon said they won’t just be playing ball though.

“Music, food, games for kids, we have a tent with free massages and big inflatable slip-and-slides.”

The ball game is the culmination of a larger effort, “Do it for Detroit,” a month-long nationwide series of events which were aimed at raising money for the Live Detroit Fund.

“Last year we held the same event in West Bloomfield, but this is the second annual and we’re hoping to build off of the great momentum we built up last year,” Gordon said.

The Live Detroit Fund will provide rent subsidies for up to 25 individuals in the form of $250 a month, per person, for up to one year, totaling $3,000 annually. Recipients of the rent subsidy will be required to host one community event a month that will strengthen the Jewish and larger Detroit communities.

Pitch for Detroit takes place 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Inglenook Park in Southfield, near 12 Mile and Evergreen. For more information, visit


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