Michigan’s distinguished, longtime civil servants and brothers, retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and retired U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, and Detroit philanthropist and businessman Jim Comer, founder of Comer Holdings, LLC, and the Comer Foundation, were to be honored at the Metro Detroit Youth Clubs (MDYC) Dedication Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The 60-year-old nonprofit organization’s newest location, housed within the Durfee Innovation Society (2470 Collingwood) in Detroit, will be officially named the Levin-Comer Club. Prior to being refurbished, the building was the former Durfee Intermediate School attended by both Levin brothers.
Brett Tillander, CEO of Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, said, “The Durfee location offers future generations a unique opportunity by giving Club members a head start on developing a vision and plan for their future, expressing themselves and their talents, and discovering themselves and the world around them all in a fun, safe environment.”
According to Tillander, the MDYC has had years of support from the honorees. “We’ve received so much support from each of them — whether it’s Jim’s dedication to giving back to Detroit youth, Carl welcoming our Club members to Washington, D.C., or Sander connecting with our kids over the years, even playing basketball with them.”
The new Detroit location joins those in Ferndale, Royal Oak, Southfield and Washington Township. The five Metro Detroit Youth Clubs will serve more than 2,200 members ages 6 to 18. Clubs are open weekdays after school, Saturdays for specialized programming and throughout the summer from early morning to evening.
The Metro Detroit Youth Clubs are led by a team of full- and part-time professionals, supported by a 24-member board of trustees comprised of business and community leaders, plus hundreds of volunteers who serve as tutors, mentors and coaches.
Tickets to the Dedication Luncheon are $55 per person or $100 per couple. The event includes lunch, a formal program featuring the honorees and a tour. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit miclubs.org or call (888) 642-5827.