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August 12 • 2010
Katie Ryan of Farmington Hills, Marla White of Oak Park, Ben Chutz of Royal
Oak and Gabe Neistein of West Bloomfield
to visit Israel at no cost. The Birthright
community; but it also doubles as a
program was created to strengthen
chance to play competitive sports:'
Jewish solidarity worldwide. The
The excitement is building for the
Toronto-based founder of Pitch for
big event; games will take place non-
Israel developed his version of the
stop on three fields in a round-robin-
charity softball tournament for much
style tournament. The action starts at
the same reason after returning from a 9 a.m. and is expected wrap up by 7:30
"I wanted to host an
"Hopefully, this will evolve
annual event that brought my
into an annual event that will
friends and our community
continue to grow',' Blanck
together to support Jewish
said. "Pitch for Israel Detroit
families in need," said Daniel
alone won't bring back the
Warner, 27, a managing part-
hordes of young Detroit Jews
ner in a Canadian marketing Amy Fri edman that have left, but hopefully
firm. "The players, volunteers Brody
it will remind people that we
and donors are the ones who
can make a difference if we
make the Pitch for Israel what it is and do it together. If the masses commit to
what it continues to be."
bringing Michigan back and we reach a
tipping point, then Detroit can become
The Bic! 'went
just as attractive a destination as
There's still time to sign up for the day- Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami
long Detroit tournament (see details
— fill in the blank — with the corn-
below) that will involve much more than
forts of home and family added in:'
just softball. There will be a DJ playing
Kaufman is equally energized and
music, a kosher barbeque lunch, smooth- hopes organizers will hit one out of the
ies for sale, prizes for top individual
park with their first event.
fundraisers and tournament champions,
"It's a good way for Federation to
and a homerun derby. Its also an end-of- show that we can be a fun, flexible
summer reunion and a chance for young place to get involved:' Kaufman said.
adults to network and socialize.
"This is the kind of entrepreneurial
"It's really a fun activity,' Gordon
young leadership we're going to build a
said. "It's all in the name of charity and future on'
• Pitch for Israel Detroit: It will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 29 at Drake Sports
Park, 6801 Drake Road, West Bloomfield. To sign up, make a donation
or become a sponsor, go to www.pitchforisraeldetroit.com . To donate by
mail, make checks payable to JFMD-Pitch for Israel, attention Jordan
Wolfe, 6735 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. The
JN is providing several cases of bottled water.
•CommunityNEXT: For more information, contact Jordan Wolfe at
(248) 203-1467 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.