Meade Lexus of Southfield is once again lending a hand (and some luxury wheels) to raise money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

For the fifth year in a row, Meade Lexus of Southfield will be sponsoring the ADA’s Swing Away Fore a Cure Golf Classic on June 28th at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak. Proceeds from the event go toward diabetes research, advocacy, and programs.

The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. According to its website, diabetes ranked seventh as a cause of death in the U.S. in 2006.  More than 23 million people have diabetes in the U.S. alone, with an additional 57 million having pre-diabetes--affecting approximately 8% of the population.

In the past five years, Meade Lexus of Southfield has helped the ADA raise more than $50,000.

“Every year, we see a great turnout of support from local golfers,” says Ken Meade, Owner of Meade Lexus of Southfield and Meade Lexus of Lakeside in Utica. “To know we can make a difference for a noteworthy organization such as the American Diabetes Association is incredibly rewarding and we’re honored to be a part of this.”

Something for golfers to look forward to is their chance to win the opportunity to enjoy a year of cruising around in luxury. Lexus will be offering a 12-month lease on its GX 460 as a hole-in-one prize at the event, in addition to inviting two players to participate in the 2010 Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship by auction. The National Championship will take place December 8th-12th at Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach, CA, where a $100,000 purse will be given to the winning participant’s charity. Golfers who fall short of sinking a hole-in-one or winning the auction item can instead get a complimentary Odyssey White Putter to practice their hole-in-ones for next year. Lexus will be giving away the putters upon completion of a test drive.

"Meade Lexus has been a huge contributor to the success of the ADA's Swing Away Fore A Cure Golf Classic, providing a unique experience to our guests and value that cannot be matched," says Nicki Regner, ADA's Manager of Special Events.

Diabetes is a disease that has no cure. Meade Lexus hopes others will join them in assisting the ADA in its pursuit of finding one.

For additional information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Kristina Reid at or (586) 803-6232.

Event at a Glance
Date: Monday, June 28th, 2010
Location: Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073
Time: 10am-7:30pm
Registration: You can purchase tickets online HERE 

President Obama will hold a White House gay pride reception on June 22.

Invitations for the event were mailed last week. They say: “The President requests the pleasure of your company at a reception in celebration of LGBT Pride Month to be held at The White House.”
The reception begins at 5PM.

Among those invited is openly gay Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

“Who gets an invitation to the White House,” Pugh said in a video posted Tuesday on Facebook. “I'm just saying, that's pretty good.”

“It's an honor, really, to represent the people of the City of Detroit who were not bigots, who accepted my candidacy for the qualifications I brought to the table and did not in any way judge or reject me because of who I am,” he added.

Earlier Obama declared June gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride month.

The president used the opportunity to cheer on lawmakers as they considered repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from serving openly, and highlight some of the gay rights initiatives advanced by his administration.

Saying that “our Nation draws its strength from our diversity,” Obama called upon Americans to “observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exits.”

For the THIRD consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held June 4-7 in Rochester, Michigan.

The Advanced Mobile Robotics Laboratory (AMRL) at the University of Detroit Mercy is a facility dedicated to graduate and undergraduate research in intelligent mobile robotics and unmanned vehicles. Areas explored include: localization, navigation, vision/perception, motion control, advanced communication networks and wireless sensor networks. It is a goal of this laboratory to translate innovative research into practical real-world problem solutions.

Garden Court Condominiums will be hosting a “Wrap Party” to reveal the winner of their “I Love Detroit!” video contest.

The event will take place at the penthouse rooftop of Garden Court Condominiums in Detroit on Tuesday, June 29, from 6-9 p.m.

The event will feature all locally produced food and beverages and will be offered to attendees from a variety of Michigan-based entities, including:

Mae’s, a neighborhood café located in Pleasant Ridge, that will provide a positive Detroit salad, a build-it-your-self slider bar, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and dessert made from locally produced materials.

Atwater Block Brewery, a brewery located in the heart of Detroit’s Rivertown that will provide locally crafted beer.

B. Nektar Meadery, an award winning meadery located in Ferndale, that will provide a variety of flavors of wine produced from honey.

Valentine Handcrafted Vodka, one of Detroit’s supreme vodka distilleries that will provide locally distilled ultra vodka and mix custom cocktails.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, a Bloomfield Hills-based artisan roaster focused on fair-trade organic coffees that will provide iced coffee.

OnGo Energy Shot, a Birmingham-based energy drink company that will provide energy drinks.

“From Motown to automotives, the people of Detroit have always made their presence known worldwide,” said Cohen. “That is why we are excited about hosting this event and honoring the participants of our ‘I Love Detroit!’ video contest with an enjoyable evening featuring food and drinks that are all locally produced. Garden Court is committed to supporting our local Metro Detroit community and its businesses and this event will help spread awareness about the wonderful things Detroit has to offer.”

A panel of notable Detroit-based personalities, including Jay Towers, weekend anchor on WJBK FOX 2 News Detroit, Shannon Murphy, personality on Channel 955’s morning show, “Mojo in the Morning,” well-known Detroit bloggers Erin Rose, founder of Positive Detroit, Becks Davis founder of Detroit Moxie and Carol Gist, the first African American Miss USA, who resides in Detroit, will choose the winning video.

The winner of the “I Love Detroit!” video contest will be announced at 7:30 p.m. during the event and will win a luxury condo rent-free for one year. Along with this prize, the winner will share their experiences with the world through a blog as they enjoy living in downtown Detroit in their new home, up close and personal with the city’s many dining and cultural establishments. Garden Court Condominiums is located at 2900 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in 1915, Garden Court Condominiums is a mid-rise condominium complex located in the East RiverWalk District of Detroit with spectacular views of the City and the River. It features 65 superbly renovated residences that seamlessly blend the beauty of the historic architecture with today’s modern amenities. For more information, please visit:

Metro Detroit: Bulletproof Vest NOT Required

Lisa Singh

Tell anyone you’re going to Detroit for vacation, and they’ll look at you with some serious respect. Or like you need your head examined.

This is the same city, after all, that’s inspired its share of late-night comedians and now ranks right up there with Karachi as one of the least safe cities in the world. But, these days, something odd is in the air: a sense of optimism.

Yes, for all the barbs traded about Detroit, something improbable is happening: Travelers are starting to give the city, and its suburbs, another look. Maybe it has something to do with good news on the “Big Three” front — GM recently posted its first profits in three years.

Meanwhile, it’s Toyota, not Detroit, that’s been worrying people lately. But the crowning moment may have been when the metro area’s own Rima Fakih was crowned Miss America in May.

Take that, Detroit bashers!

The glory days may indeed be over for Motown and motors, but at least one thing hasn’t been entirely exhausted: the passion of those who live around here for the city and its history.

Because, after everything else has gone to seed, it’s the people who are this city’s last best brand. And, like some last man standing, they’re eager to rebuild. And let you in on what you’re missing.

Detroit: From the ashes

To really understand Detroit, you have to go back to 1805. That’s when a fire nearly destroyed the city — but not its spirit, earning it the motto, “From the ashes.” Ever since then, Detroit has gone through, oh, just a few fiery reinventions.

Walk around downtown Detroit, and you’ll find no national restaurant chains, except one lone Hard Rock Café. But while nearly everyone else seems to have given up on the city, the locals sure haven’t. Within one square mile of downtown, you’ll find about 125 locally-owned bars and restaurants. Each carries its own lively energy.

Among them is Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes. Inside, the owner, Torya Blanchard, works the griddle in a snood and black dress, making crepes. She offers 50 varieties in all, some sweet, others savory — from a “Heath bar-ricotta cheese-chocolate” ensemble to a “bacon-boursin cheese-spinach” mix.

It was just two years ago that Blanchard, a Detroit native (and former French teacher), was looking for a way to combine her two great loves: French culture and her hometown. So, she opened this creperie, in the heart of the city. It’s since grown from an itty-bitty kiosk into a bustling business, with eight employees and two more locations on the way.

“What people don’t get is the resilience of Detroit and the surrounding metro area — we’re a very resilient people,” says Blanchard.

Tim Tharp is another Detroiter who knows all about resilience. And good beer. Several years ago, when Detroit’s economy had already tanked, well ahead of the nation — and his own father had just passed away — Tharp faced two choices: Stay or leave.

He soon stumbled upon a rundown old pub for sale. Not just any pub, though. It had once served as a railway ticket office, and was located on historic Woodward Avenue — the first thoroughfare of America. For Tharp, the choice was easy. He stayed. These days, his business, Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub, serves up nearly 15 varieties of local Michigan brews (the Scotty Karate Scotch Ale for serious beer lovers, only).

Purchasing the pub “just felt right,” Tharp, 37, tells me. “There’s a lot of us that have such a strong love for this city because it’s our heritage … and it’s given so much.”

Detroit’s auto heritage

Detroiters are proudest of their auto heritage, no surprise there. Sure, you meet your share of Gran Torino types here, still stuck in the ‘50s. But at a time of bailouts and busts, there’s something kind of invigorating about revisiting a time when Detroit, and America, were riding high.

It’s a heritage that Motorin’ Marianne Maisano preserves in her own small way. Like today. As she waxes poetic about the day she got her driver’s license — Detroiters do that sort of thing — Maisano cruises down Michigan Avenue in her 1961 Thunderbird Convertible, what she calls her “bonding car.” Sure enough, passersby wave and shout out, “woo-hoo!”

Our first stop is the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. “This is the place that put the world on wheels,” says the factory’s guide, Dick Rubens.

The 65,000 square feet of space, which spans three levels, served as the first assembly factory for Ford Motor Company and went on to set the world record for car production by 1907.

But perhaps no facility is more exhilarating than Ford’s Rouge Factory. Yes, despite last year’s country hit, “They’re Shuttin’ Down Detroit,” manufacturing still goes on in the Motor City.

These days, the Rouge Factory still stands as the maker of the number one truck in America: the F-150. The self-guided tour includes a multi-sensory theater experience where you literally see, hear, feel, and smell how every Ford is made.

Detroit’s living history

The man who made Detroit’s manufacturing might possible was, of course, Henry Ford. His big motto was “learning by doing,” and you can experience that first-hand at Greenfield Village, in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. In 1929, Ford created this expansive living history museum, covering 300 years of the American experience. Today, you’ll see snapshots in time along the grounds: farmers, artisans, inventors, writers, railroad workers, and more in period pieces.

The village even includes historical food — slow cooked, and most of it locally grown. It’s all at Eagle Tavern, a wood-frame structure built in 1831, in nearby Clinton, Michigan, and later relocated here. A certain Calvin Wood ran the tavern from 1849 to 1854; he’s faithfully recreated here today.

In between servings of chicken fricassee — supposedly, Abraham Lincoln’s favorite dish — “Wood” comes up, and fills me in on the day’s president, Zachary Taylor: “He died two weeks ago,” says the re-enactor, dead pan.

Less than a mile away, the Henry Ford Museum offers an astonishingly intimate view not only of Detroit but American history. Everything from pop culture — the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — to the bus in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. You can even sit inside. (But prepare to get goose bumps.)

Detroit’s lively ‘burbs

The past isn’t just housed in museums. It’s alive, kicking … and singing, as I find out the next day, with “Big Daddy” Marshall Lackowski, an accordion player making his way through the streets of Hamtramck, a suburb of Detroit.

Workers cleaning up a statue by Marshall Fredericks titled 'The Spirit of Detroit.' Click on photo to enlarge.

Decked in a star-studded black suit, he twirls his index finger: “Take your finger and go ‘Purrrrrrr-hey!’”

And, off he goes: “Everybody do the la-dee-da …”

In the years following Detroit’s explosion as the auto capital of the world, immigrants poured into this suburb from all over the world. Including Poland.

That presence remains strong. Your stomach will feel it first-hand at Polonia, a local restaurant where you’ll find Polish-style comfort food including stuffed cabbage, pierogies, and veal on a stick. The place is pretty popular.

“My secret?” says Polonia’s owner, Janusz Zurowski. “Beautiful waitresses!”

On the other side of town, over in Dearborn, you’ll get a feel for an equally rich heritage: that of Arab Americans. Around the turn of the 20th century, some 200,000 immigrants came to the United States from what was then known as Greater Syria. Lured by work in the auto industry, many settled in Dearborn, which has since become home to the largest Arab community in the United States.

That story, and others like it, are showcased at The Arab American National Museum, which opened five years ago and remains the first (and to date, only) museum of its kind in the United States.

The day I stop by, one of its guides, Nadia Bazzy, fills me in on the fascinating story of her own family’s deep roots in Metro Detroit, including a great-uncle, Hoover, who was named after, you guessed it, America’s 31st president.

By late afternoon, the museum’s manager, Ron Amen, shares a cup of Turkish coffee up on the roof. Then we’re off for a spacious meal at Al Ameer Restaurant, the Lebanese cuisine of which reflects the large number of locals whose families hail from the country.

By evening, it occurs to me: how starkly different the last few days’ experiences have been from the news reports I brushed up on before coming here. If anything, Metro Detroit is kind of like Zen: to really appreciate it, you have to be in the moment. That means pulling up a chair and enjoying, simply, a local beer or crepe, pierogi or plate of hummus. Whatever your choice, you may just meet a Detroiter with a story to share about this fair city making its way up, slowly, yet again — from the ashes.
Something fun from Goodwill - Ben & Jerry's corporate office is running a contest among all the Scoop Shops in the country. The video with the most views will win $5,000 -- Goodwill will use that money to train more Metro Detroiters for jobs if they win. The contest runs through June 30.

The PartnerShop is a rare model, as it provides paid work experiences for Southeast Michigan youth with barriers to employment. If the Ben & Jerry’s video wins, 100% of the prize money will be put directly back into the store’s job training efforts.

Help us win by visiting and watch our video titled “Ice cream So Cold In the D: A Ben & Jerry's Detroit Top Ten List.” Share the link with all your friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and more to help us get more views!
Jackie Headapohl

More than half of the inaugural class of film students at Unity Studios and the Lifton Institute for Media Skills in Allen Park, Michigan, reported finding work on at least one film, TV or music video production within 90 days of their January 2010 graduation, according to a press release.

"We are committed to leading the growth of Michigan's burgeoning film industry by training the next generation of movie and television workers in southeast Michigan," said Jimmy Lifton, president of Unity Studios and founder of LIMS. "It speaks to the quality of our programming and the talents of our 105 graduates that 53 have already found work in the film and television production industry."

According to the press release:

A local West Bloomfield film producer hired 15 grads as crew members for an upcoming film.

Unity Studios and its affiliate companies have also hired 36 graduates for positions in administration, film production/post production and the construction of two sound stages.

Two graduates are now on staff at Lifton's Oracle Post, one of Los Angeles' largest independent post-production audio studios.

Five students formed their own film production company, Poison Apple Entertainment, LLC, which is now producing short films in the horror genre.

Twelve sound editing graduates were hired by Unity to do post-production work for the feature-length documentary film, 'The Rescuers.'

The second glass of 93 students will be graduating next month. Classes are now forming at the Lifton Institute for Media Skills. Some students may qualify for tuition help from Michigan Works.

Pure Michigan's digital marketing efforts continue to push the travel agency to the forefront of marketing success.

Pure Michigan Facebook fans doubled in count since January 2010 -- as of May 31, the number of Facebook fans has risen to 50,000, continuing to make the Great Lakes State one of the nation's tourism leaders on the social media outlet.

Additionally, Pure Michigan now has more than 5,000 followers at @PureMichigan on Twitter. On both Facebook and Twitter, fans find up-to-date information on travel across both peninsulas, share their Michigan favorites, experiences, and recommendations, and view Pure Michigan tourism campaign ads.

"We could not be more pleased with the increase of Facebook fans and Twitter followers for Pure Michigan," said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "As summer travel takes wing, our fans are sharing their favorite vacation spots and experiences, which we believe helps influence interest and travel decision making in Michigan's favor."
Zimmermann also noted that through May 2010 visits to, the official Michigan tourism Web site, increased by 26 percent over the same time period last year, and click-thrus to Michigan business tourism web sites increased 15 percent over the first five months of May 2009.

Based on recent a customer satisfaction survey conducted by ForeSee Results, nearly three quarters of the Pure Michigan Facebook fans learned about places and activities in Michigan they did not know about. In addition, a third of those fans were inspired to travel to or within Michigan after reading the posts.

Travel Michigan is partnering with Fluency Media for on-going strategy and execution for the Pure Michigan online marketing and social media program. Ann Arbor-based Fluency Media develops integrated marketing solutions which include social media strategy and execution, email marketing, online publishing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and Web site sales flow optimization programs.

The inside scoop on where the fish are biting, what greens are running fast and how you can make your visit Pure Michigan are at the blog Pure Michigan Connect. Take a minute to comment on the blog posts, or submit your own Pure Michigan story as a guest blogger.

In addition, visitors can now enjoy all the photos from the Pure Michigan Photo Contest on Flickr, or watch all of the Pure Michigan commercials on YouTube or The official state travel and tourism Web site,, continues to be a source for Michigan travel information, featuring more than 12,000 attractions, events, hotels, resorts, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., is the state of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel information and updates go to
Abby Wilcox

Excerpt from "The Etsy Marketplace: A Thriving Artistic Outlet"

If you haven't yet hopped on Etsy, you are missing out.

Etsy has burgeoned recently as an online marketplace for creatives to vend their handmade items...

Like a virtual flea market, on Etsy, you can find anything from vinyl wall decals to furniture made from cow hide to air plants! In fact, some venders make a solid living (more than 100k) selling their creations. Not a bad gig, huh?

We spent a little tlme selecting a few retro peices here to help appease your inner fashion guru:

Tired of the boring daily grind necktie? The detailed graphics on the neckties by Cyberoptix Tielab from Detroit are silkscreened to perfection and sent in a gift box, no matter what the occasion.
In conjunction with its 107th anniversary, Pewabic Pottery (Pewabic) is holding its annual “For the House & Garden” benefit show and sale June 4-6. During the special weekend, Pewabic will feature its newest tile and vase releases as well as the work of more than 70 ceramic artists.

New this year, three metro Detroit designers will feature fireplace vignettes highlighting custom Pewabic tile. Designers include Maddalena Design, Jones-Keena & Company and Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co. All designers are based in Birmingham, Mich.

The three-day event begins with the ticketed Preview Party on Thursday, June 3 from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the preview party will benefit Pewabic’s education and museum departments. For tickets, call Pewabic at (313) 822-0954, ext. 111. Tickets start at $75 per person.

Following the Preview Party, the weekend celebration continues with a show and sale that is free and open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Shoppers can enjoy facility tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., tilemaking demonstrations, museum and gallery exhibitions and talk to Pewabic designers. Additionally, door prizes will be given away each hour.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts ceramic education center, working pottery and National Historic Landmark; its mission is to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

Pewabic Pottery is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops, lectures and tours to children and adults. Pewabic continues to create giftware and architectural tile and offers galleries that showcase over 70 ceramic artists and a museum store for purchasing ceramic giftware handmade at Pewabic.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, during regular business hours Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery, call (313) 822-0954 or visit Pewabic Pottery can be found at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.

Click HERE to Reserve Your Spot Now!

National Geographic Travel Magazine is singing the praises of one Oakland County Community.   Ferndale is one of just five communities from across the nation chosen for a "Great American Main Street Award."

The award is given to towns who create jobs, get the community involved and demonstrate an authentic American Culture.

In an article titled, "Take A Stroll Down Main Street," the magazine notes that the city has managed to cut its downtown business vacancy rate from 30-percent to six-percent over the past ten years, despite Southeast Michigan's economic decline.

But Mayor Craig Covey says there's one thing in particular he loves about his town. "My favorite thing about downtown is the walk-ability. I don't have to drive my car," Covey told WWJ.

"You know, I've had a car all my life, and I can drive it if I need to. But, at this point in Ferndale's history and in my own history, I can leave my car in my driveway and I can walk to the bank, I can walk to the drug store, I can walk to the gym, and I can walk to the bar or the nightclub or the restaurant, and I just love doing that," Covey said.

Coveys says such national distinction is great for Ferndale.

"We're now seeing and hearing from people in cities like New York and Los Angeles that have heard of Ferndale -- that  blows my mind!   And we have people moving here, that are coming to the Metro Detroit area, and when they select a place to live, they're picking Ferndale," he said.

Over the past decade, Ferndale has seen $35 million in private investment and created 700 new jobs.

Other winning towns were Columbus, Mississippi; Fairmont, West Virginia; Lee's Summit, Missouri and Paducah, Kentucky.
Eur Web

Spike Lee, Magic Johnson and Kimberly Locke will join first lady Michelle Obama in Detroit on Wednesday to stress the importance of being a mentor, the White House announced Monday.

The forum will be held tomorrow morning at Wayne State University. A limited number of tickets were made available to the public until 8 p.m. last night.

Also joining the first lady will be Michigan dignitaries Gov. Jennifer Granholm and first gentleman Dan Mulhern; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Detroit Democratic Reps. John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Denise Ilitch, whose family owns the Detroit Red Wings; and former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr.

A special lunch with young people will be held after Mrs. Obama’s speech, which is “designed to engage, encourage and inspire,” the White House stated.

The Detroit trip is part of the first lady’s mentoring outreach. In March 2009, during Women’s History Month, she paired high school girls in the D.C. area with female staff in the White House. Obama went to Denver last November on a similar trip.

Featured in this month's issue of Imbibe Magazine is a list of the 25 Most Influential Cocktails Over The Past Century.  Making the cut is "The Last Word," it's origin straight out of the Motor City during the Prohibition Era from the Detroit Athletic Club.

While the drink eventually fell out of use, it has recently enjoyed renewed popularity after being rediscovered as a cult hit in the Seattle area by Murray Stenson, a bartender at the Zig Zag Café.

How to Make The Last Word

1 oz gin

1 oz maraschino liqueur
1 oz Chartreuse
1 oz fresh lime juice

Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Shut up and drink.
As a way to bring attention to the exciting, unique, creative and often unnoticed places and events in the city of Detroit, Garden Court Condominiums, Detroit’s premier high-rise living complex, is launching the first-ever “I Love Detroit!” video contest—asking the community to show their love for Detroit by capturing a video of themselves doing what they love most in the city. The announcement was made by Carrie Cohen, Sales Director for Garden Court Condominiums.

“Detroit is a place that offers its residents the living experience of an exciting urban lifestyle—built upon the city’s long-lasting history of thriving on a creative spirit,” said Cohen. “From Motown to the automotive industry, the people of Detroit have always made their presence known worldwide. However, through this initiative, we want to raise local visibility of all the ongoing things that make Detroit great—the people, the sights, the sounds, the hidden gems that often go unnoticed—all while providing the community with a unique platform to share their love for the city and live rent-free for one year at Garden Court Condominiums.”

Beginning May 23, participants can upload their 2-minute video submission to First, participants must create an account, then click “submit video” to upload their submission. The contest will conclude on Monday, June 21, with the winner of the contest being announced at a “Wrap Party” happening from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 at the luxury rooftop at Garden Court Condominiums overlooking the Detroit River.

At the event, the winner will be announced and awarded the grand prize to live rent-free at Garden Court Condominiums for one year. During the year, this individual will subsequently chronicle their day-to-day experiences participating in Detroit’s culture, dining and sporting events through a blog. The blog will offer those considering a move to the city an unprecedented birds-eye view into the amenities that living in the city of Detroit can offer. A panel of notable southeastern Michigan-based personalities will select the winning video.

Participants can submit their videos and view contest rules at between May 23 and June 21. FOX 2 News is serving as the “I Love Detroit!” video contest’s promotional partner and will showcase video submissions on-air during the duration of the contest.

Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in 1915, Garden Court Condominiums is a mid-rise condominium complex located in the East RiverWalk District of Detroit with spectacular views of the City and the River. It features 65 superbly renovated residences that seamlessly blend the beauty of the historic architecture with today’s modern amenities. For more information, please visit: