COVID-19 Update: Karmanos Cancer Institute Patients Find Support on Digital Message Platform, Music Hall to Host Live Events, Local Salon Owners Get $10K from National Grant Program, and More

Here is a roundup of the latest news concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to announcements from local, state, and federal governments, as well as international channels. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.
map of Michigan coronavirus cases
Courtesy of Bridge, as of July 19

Here is a roundup of the latest news concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to announcements from local, state, and federal governments, as well as international channels. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Karmanos Cancer Institute Patients Find Support on Digital Message Platform
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit has found a way to bring comfort and hope to patients in the midst of a pandemic via a dedicated TV channel.

Technology from California-based technology provider SONIFI Health offers Karmanos a platform by which encouraging messages from the community. Karmanos elicits the messages from its social media channels and employee intranet and broadcasts to patients letting them know they aren’t alone even through loved ones aren’t able to accompany them to appointments and treatments.

“Having this tool to connect patients with the community around them is really powerful,” says Kristine Kilbourne, senior marketing and communications specialist at Karmanos. “We’re excited to work with SONIFI Health in new ways to keep it going. We want our patients to always have that feeling of support and love from our entire Karmanos community.”

Roy Kosuge, general manager of SONIFI Health, says, “We’ve been inspired by Karmanos Cancer Institute’s unwavering commitment to their patients. Our team is humbled to play a small part in Karmanos’ holistic approach to care.”

Music Hall to Host a Pair of Live Events, July 24-25
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and The Bassett Business Group in Detroit are presenting a CDC-compliant live music experience on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

The Third Detroit Music Weekend, which will take place in a carefully designed environment, will raise funds for Music Hall’s music education classes in the Detroit Public Schools Community District for the 2020-21 school year.

The Friday Drive-in Gala and Road Rally and the Saturday Stay Safe and Jam Live will feature musicians selected by an independent jury for the opportunity to play together safely, with special arrangements and in front of a socially distanced audience.

The Drive-In Gala and Road Rally begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Hall parking lot, and include an in-car scavenger hunt, cocktails, and dinner served drive-in style. All service items arrived wrapped by gloved staff and masks will be required attire. The evening culminates with a ‘50s era show by Kern Brantley socially distanced on the big stage.

Saturday’s Stay Safe and Jam Live concert is free to the public with a limited capacity of 88 guests on 6-by-6-foot foot carpet squares distanced over a 15,000-square-foot area. Capacity on the big stage is limited, to 10 artists at a time. There will be intervals every 15 minutes to disinfect microphones, keyboards, and stage equipment and masks are to be worn at all times (except when singing). For those who cannot make it into the parking lot, the live event will be broadcast on a short-range modulator on 107.7 FM aka WMHC.

Music Hall worked with health officials and the Chemico Company to design safety details allowing for a live event.

“Music Hall ingenuity has developed a safety-first approach to bringing back live performance,” says Vince Paul, president of Music Hall. “The Drive-in Gala will kick off a series of drive-in events through the fall. We can program in our parking lot until the snow falls.”

The final line-up of artists will be announced the week of July 20. For more information, visit here.

Metro Detroit Salon Owners Get $10K from National Grant Program
Two metro Detroit salon owners have received $10,000 grants from a national program to support black female salon owners and stylists whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.

Nicole Grant of Directions Salon in Detroit and Ashley Owens of The Couture Collection in Southfield received the grants from a collaboration between Gold Series from Pantene, Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders, and media partner Mirror Digital.

Grant and Owens are two of 20 recipients across the country to receive grants. The teams behind Gold Series and Royal Oils say they are committed to helping these salon owners and stylists reopen and rebuild during the pandemic, and to elevating black women through entrepreneurship.

“Salons and stylists are essential to our community,” says Lela Coffey, vice president of P&G Multicultural Beauty. “We hope these grants enable stylists to continue to do the work they love, safely.”

Eastern Market to Host In-person Art Exhibition
Detroit’s Eastern Market will be hosting an in-person art exhibition, July 22-25, featuring the work of Denzel Palm.

The solo exhibition, titled “First Semester,” will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be located at 1353 Fisher Freeway East (next to Supinos).

Run Drugs Out of Town 5K Run/Walk Going Virtual Aug. 29.
The annual Run Drugs Out of Town 5K Run/Walk event, originally scheduled for June, now will take place virtually on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Organized by the Clinton Township-based Families Against Narcotics, encourages runners and walkers to do their 5K at any location they choose to support and assist individuals and families affected by addiction.

“Virtual races are a bit different, but they are extremely popular across the country and have become very common during the pandemic,” says Kelley Nahas, director of operations for FAN. “We really wanted to have our usual, in-person run, because it’s our favorite FAN event every year, but we decided to err on the side of caution and go virtual.”

To register or become a sponsor for the event, visit here.

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