Pitch for Israel Detroit is an all-day charity softball tournament for young adults in the Jewish community.
The event will bring over 200 people in their 20s and 30s back to Detroit for an end of summer reunion, re-connecting today’s generation with Detroit and its Jewish community.
Participants will raise money to play and benefit CommunityNEXT, a new program focused on attracting and retaining young talent in Michigan through professional, cultural and lifestyle programs, in metro Detroit and ELEM, A non-profit organization for runaway, homeless and neglected Israeli and Arab youth in distress, in Israel (ELEM.org). In addition to softball action, Pitch for Israel Detroit will include a BBQ, live entertainment and a Home Run Derby.
"We wanted to create a fun event that gave young adults in the Detroit area an opportunity to re-connect with each other and the greater Jewish community. We were inspired by a similar tournament in the Toronto area, which has evolved into a great end-of-summer reunion for a lot of young adults in their Jewish community,” said Adam Blanck, co-organizer, “The hope is to create a fun filled day for our generation of Detroit Jews to come together for softball, charity and the community. Ultimately, we hope to make it an annual event that adds to the overall culture of a revitalized Detroit."
The event originated with Daniel Warner, as Pitch for Israel debuted in the summer of 2008 as a charity event for Toronto's Jewish community. Blanck and Ben Gordon attended the second annual Pitch for Israel in 2009 with the goal of bringing it to Detroit, the community in which they were born and raised.
It is no secret that the Detroit community is losing young adults at an alarming rate and if this trend continues it could have a catastrophic effect on the community. In recognizing this, Pitch for Israel Detroit hopes to bring together future generations of the Jewish community by raising money and providing a fun event for Detroit and its community for years to come.
To register and for more information visit, www.pitchforisraeldetroit.com