Hundreds of people attended the charity softball tournament “Pitch for Detroit” on Sunday, to assist young Jewish adults interested in moving to Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reported on Monday.
The softball event, that attracted roughly 600 people, was the culmination of “Do It for Detroit”, a month-long drive to raise $100,000 to provide 25 rent subsidies for young adults, the report said.
Detroit Nation, a group of former Detroit residents who have remained committed to supporting their community held several events throughout the month, including a dodge ball tournament in Los Angeles last week that raised $100,000.
Pitch for Detroit, a spin-off of Pitch for Israel, had reportedly raised more than $50,000 by Sunday.
The funds will be managed by CommunityNext, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit that is geared toward retaining and attracting young talent to the area, the report said.
Young adults interested in receiving the subsidy of $250 a month must apply through CommunityNext. Applicants do not have to be Jewish to apply, but they must positively impact the Detroit community, and if selected, host one community event a month.
"We wanted to do something to get the young adult community together," Benjy Gordon, one of the Pitch for Detroit creators said according to the report. "I think this is one piece of a larger movement. We are committed to the revitalization of the area,” he added.
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