Big Sean to Host Weekend of Events Celebrating the City of Detroit [Events]

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By Jack Barnes

The Sean Anderson Foundation announced its first annual “Detroit’s On Now” (D.O.N.) Weekend for Thursday, June 21st– Monday, June 25th. The weekend event will celebrate the city of Detroit and pay tribute to the local business owners, activists, teachers and churches who make up Detroit neighborhoods and are the backbone of the city. “I always love giving back to the city that gave me so much. I just want to start the summer off right and invite everybody in Detroit and the surrounding areas to come out and enjoy the festivities.” said, Big Sean who will kick off the weekend celebration with The Motown Jam, a fundraising event for the Motown Museum in which 100% of the proceeds will go towards the museum’s expansion efforts in preserving the rich history of Motown.

Highlights for the weekend will include the Fashion Mogul Challenge, a Block Party, and the L.I.T.E. fest. The Fashion Mogul challenge, in partnership with Puma, allows fashion enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to submit their portfolios to be picked and placed into teams to design and pitch custom shoe and apparel concepts to fashion industry experts competing for $25,000 in cash awards and prizes. Submissions are open now through June 11th and participants will be selected on June 14th. The Block party will be the weekend’s signature event and will include all you can eat food from Coney’s, three-on-three basketball tournaments, a live DJ, and an outdoor Cinetopia movie night. The L.I.T.E. fest will close the weekend with carnival games, food, live performances and fireworks honoring a select group of all-star DPS students. “As a former teacher myself I understand the importance of recognizing and celebrating good grades and behavior. Honoring these youths will give them something to be proud of and will hopefully encourage everyone attending to give back to the community in some way.” Said, SAF co-founder, Myra Anderson.

Scheduled events for the weekend are listed below and more information including submissions for the Fashion Mogul Challenge can be found at: http://www.donweekend.org/#

Thursday, June 21st

10:00AM-9:00PMFashion Mogul Challenge Presented by PUMA– Through interactive working sessions the challenge gives select fashion entrepreneurs and enthusiasts the tools, and resources to ultimately design and pitch custom shoe and apparel concepts to fashion industry experts and moguls. Compete for $25,000 in cash award and prizes.

**Please note this is not open to the public. Fashion entrepreneurs and enthusiasts ages 18 and up will need to submit their portfolio’s and a brief description why they want to participate. Submissions will be accepted on the website through June 10th. Participants will be selected on June 14th.

Location: Charles H. Wright Museum (315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201)

7:00PM: The Motown Jam– Guests will enjoy an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the historic Hitsville, U.S.A. where they will have the opportunity to mingle with Big Sean and Motown Alumni while enjoying delicious food and beverages. Attendees can stroll the Museum, visit the gallery and peek into Studio A where there will be a live jam session. If you have the skills, you might even want to join in.

**This event is limited to 100 people through sponsorship packages only. More information on these packages can be found on the website.

Location: Motown Museum (2648 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48208)

Friday, June 22nd

10:00AM-6:00PMFashion Mogul Challenge Presented by PUMA– Through interactive working sessions the challenge gives select fashion entrepreneurs and enthusiasts the tools, and resources to ultimately design and pitch custom shoe and apparel concepts to fashion industry experts and moguls. Compete for $25,000 in cash award and prizes.

**Please note this is not open to the public. Fashion entrepreneurs and enthusiasts ages 18 and up will need to submit their portfolio’s and a brief description why they want to participate. Submissions will be accepted on the website through June 10th. Participants will be selected on June 14th.

Location: Charles H. Wright Museum (315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201)

Saturday, June 23rd

12:00PM-10:00PM: Block Party @ FREC City presented by Ford Motor Company Fund— The ultimate neighborhood block party! Come celebrate neighborhood excellence in the #205 with a series of fun events, including food trucks, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, live DJ and Cinetopia movie night.

**Open to the public. No registration necessary.

Location: Ford Resource and Engagement Center Eastside (15491 Maddelein St. Detroit, MI 48205)

Sunday, June 24th

5:00PM-8:00PM: Occupy The Corner- Detroit– Presented by Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, the 5th installation of “Occupy The Corner Detroit” is all about engaging Detroit youth, sharing resources, and facilitating solution driven conversations to eliminate violence. There will be voter registration, employment training, expungement services, utility assistance, foreclosure assistance, mental health services and much more!

**Open to the public. No registration necessary.

Location: Dueweke Park (4975 Sheridan St. Detroit, MI 48214)

Monday, June 25th

4:00PM-11:00PM: 3rd Annual L.I.T.E. Fest Presented Ford Motor Company Fund & Detroit RiverFront Conservancy– Interactive, fun, and educational, student centered event celebrating achievements of local all-star youth. This huge, annual, one day festival will dominate Detroit’s Riverfront with carnival games, food, live performances, VIP viewing experience of the Ford Fireworks.

**Invite only for students and families selected by schools.

Location: West Riverfront Park

About the Sean Anderson Foundation:

The mission of the Sean Anderson Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, is to assist in the education, health, safety, and well-being of school-age youth. The Foundation partners with established charitable organizations and corporate sponsors to support its signature program, Mogul Prep.

 Mogul Prep began as a live event in November 2015 to expose high school students to various careers in the music industry. In addition to the live events, Mogul Prep has now evolved into a rich, immersive digital blended learning curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards, which helps prepare students, not only for college and other forms of continuing education, but also for the work force, and ultimately for a successful life.

Sean, the inspiration behind the Sean Anderson Foundation, is especially honored to be the youngest recipient of the “Key to the City” from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; to have had June 29th declared as “Big Sean Day” by the Detroit City Council; to have been recognized by State Senator Burt Johnson, the Chancy Glover Project as a Detroit Game Changer, and as a Michigan Chronicle Trailblazer.

About Motown Museum:

Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The Museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the Museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new Museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org.

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