Heidelberg Fires Prompt Fundraising Campaign

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Penny House at Detroit's Heidelberg Project after Thursday morning fire (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Penny House at Detroit’s Heidelberg Project after Thursday morning fire (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

DETROIT (WWJ) – Support is pouring in for the Heidelberg Project, following a fire at the outdoor art site on the city’s east side.

The Penny House was destroyed in the second arson fire there in as many weeks. The Heidelberg Project Facebook page is encouraging people to donate to its campaign, “Art From the Ashes, Securing A Legacy.”

John Palmer from Mayville, MI, near Saginaw, visited the project and says supporting it is a “no-brainer.”

“What is color versus burned out houses? I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to put money into something like this,” says Palmer.

Palmer grew up in Detroit, and he and his friend stopped by the Heidelberg Project after hearing about the arson fire that destroyed the Penny House early Thursday morning.

According to the Heidelberg Facebook page, the goal is to raise $50,000 and, so far, people have donated over $10,000.

“I think that’s fantastic. And I think that’s what it is, it’s community involvement,” says Palmer.

Shannon Popov from New Jersey was also among the many people stopping by the Heidelberg Project.

Popov says, “And I’m all about contributing. I mean, if I could give them $10 or something and that would contribute, I would definitely do that.”

The money raised from the campaign will be used for nightly security, surveillance cameras and solar-powered lighting around the art sites.

For more details about the Heidelberg Project fundraiser, click here

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