Duffey Petrosky

February 25, 2016 09:45 ET

Detroit PAL Hosts 7th Annual MVP Awards, Honors Senator Levin, Police Chief Craig and the Ralph C Wilson Jr Foundation

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwired - February 25, 2016) - Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) recognized Police Chief James E. Craig, Senator Carl Levin and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for their support of Detroit PAL programs at the 7th annual MVP Dinner Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Detroit Marriott with over 300 Detroit business leaders and Detroit PAL supporters in attendance.

"We are extremely grateful for the dedicated support we receive from Chief James Craig, Senator Carl Levin and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation," said Detroit PAL CEO Tim Richey. "Each year, we honor three individuals or organizations who are true partners of PAL. This year, we are particularly honored to show our gratitude to these standout awardees that have brought immeasurable value to our programs, the kids of PAL and our fundraising efforts."

The event also highlighted the non-profit's successful year of fundraising toward their "Kids at the Corner" capacity campaign. The campaign launched last year when it was announced that Detroit PAL would be redeveloping the historic Tiger Stadium site with a fundraising goal of $15.5M. Earlier this month, Detroit PAL announced they had raised $12M of the $15.5M total, allowing them to begin construction. Detroit PAL plans to break ground at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull this April.

Detroit PAL awarded Craig, Levin and the Foundation with their most esteemed awards:

Senator Carl Levin was recognized with the Dave Bing "Leadership" Award for leading and securing a $3M federal grant to be used toward their "Kids at the Corner" capacity campaign. This endowment was the catalyst for Detroit PAL's fundraising success. Levin was also an integral part in the decision to bestow the land onto Detroit PAL during early conversations with the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy. Because of his tireless dedication to Detroit PAL, Levin currently serves as an honorary co-chair for the fundraising campaign.

Police Chief James E. Craig accepted The Varner/Tenbusch "Builder" Award for his participation with Detroit PAL, and his development of programs that create stronger relationships between Detroit PAL youth and the city's police department. After witnessing improved relationships, Craig launched Team Up, a program in which dedicated Detroit police officers serve as assistant coaches and mentors to some of Detroit PAL's teams. Because of his involvement and commitment to the city's children, Craig also serves as an honorary co-chair for Detroit PAL's fundraising campaign.

The night's final award was presented to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, who received The Varner/Tenbusch "Game Changer" Award for their years of support to Detroit PAL and their generous donation of $2M toward the non-profit's "Kids at the Corner" campaign. Their contribution was the first received by PAL upon the launch of the campaign, and accelerated their fundraising success.

The non-profit also recognized a program volunteer with the Cynthia Covington "Volunteer of the Year" Award and named its 2016 Youth Ambassador. This year, Karen Hall was honored for her 15 years of volunteer service to Detroit PAL, and Arianna McMiller was named as representative of Detroit PAL's 12,000 youth athletes.

About Detroit Police Athletic League

Detroit PAL is a non-profit organization positively impacting the lives of nearly 12,000 children each year through athletic, academic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1969. Detroit PAL empowers the community by training volunteer coaches and creating safe places for kids to play. Each year, Detroit PAL teaches over 1,700 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors. For more information, visit

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