Detroit Youth Choir Gets $1 Million From Businesses, Foundations

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September 20, 2019 - 5:14 pm

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DERTOIT (WWJ) - They may have missed out on the $1 million prize from America's Got Talent, but the Detroit Youth Choir will get $1 million from some local business and foundations.

Executives from the Skillman Foundation and Kresge Foundation announced the gargantuan gift at a community celebration for the choir at Campus Martius park Friday. 

“The Detroit Youth Choir brought our entire region together to support Detroit’s kids,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge Foundation, Detroit Program managing director. “They represented the city with class and soul, and their success will continue to inspire children in Detroit for years to come. For that, we hope they feel profound pride.”

The endowment will be managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, with the money coming from the following: 

•    Skillman Foundation 
•    The Kresge Foundation
•    W. K. Kellogg Foundation 
•    Ballmer Group
•    Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan 
•    DTE Energy Foundation 
•    Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation  
•    Bank of America
•    Huntington Bank
•    Dakkota Integrated Systems

Earlier, Mayor Duggan presented choir Director Anthony White with a key to the city.

“The Detroit Youth Choir has shown the world the tremendous impact it is having on the lives of young people in our city and this extraordinary financial commitment is the best recognition possible of that," said Duggan. “Thanks to these generous funding partners, the Detroit Youth Choir and the rest of America can see just how Detroit shows its support for its young people." 

The 52-student group finished second in the show, which aired Wednesday.  

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