DBusiness Daily Update: Salvation Army Launches its 2023 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, and More

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies.
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The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has set a $7.9 million goal for its 2023 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. // Photo courtesy of Salvation Army

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Salvation Army Launches its 2023 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign 

The Southfield-based Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is launching its annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign to fundraise for its critical social programs that support metro Detroiters in dire need.

The nonprofit has set a $7.9 million fundraising goal for this year’s campaign that will help support communities in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

In the spirit of the campaign’s theme, “Love Beyond Christmas,” The Salvation Army is calling on metro Detroiters to help the nonprofit spread hope and love to the community’s most vulnerable not just during the season of giving but all year long. The campaign underscores the importance of aiding neighbors in need who may be without necessities like food and shelter during the Christmas season and beyond.

“With the rising cost of living, economic insecurity, and inflation, families in metro Detroit are facing financial uncertainty,” says Maj. Toni Dorrell, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for the Salvation Army. “Some may lack proper shelter, a warm meal or may even be choosing between paying rent and buying presents this Christmas.

“We owe it to our neighbors in need to come together and lend a helping hand when times get tough. When you give to The Salvation Army, your donation makes it possible for us to help our community’s most vulnerable 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.”

To help raise awareness and encourage the community to donate, the nonprofit is again partnering with Scott Wolffis, president and CEO of Commercial Alliance, as the 2023 Red Kettle Christmas Chairman. Wolffis, who has served on The Salvation Army’s Metro Detroit Advisory Board for more than 15 years, will serve as the public face for the fundraising campaign for the second consecutive year to help the nonprofit meet its $7.9 million fundraising goal.

Commercial Alliance employees will be encouraged to “adopt” metro Detroit red kettle locations by manning those sites and ringing the iconic bell, or choose to volunteer virtually, to help raise money for the Christmas Campaign. Commercial Alliance and its partner credit unions will match all donations up to $25,000 throughout Michigan on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Salvation Army’s 2023 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign also is supported by Bank of America, Buddy’s Pizza, Chillbox, Royal Park Hotel, and others. Each of these partnerships will be key in reaching The Salvation Army’s $7.9 million donation goal.

The iconic red kettles have a new look this year that makes it even easier to give with the addition of tiptap, a touchless giving solution. Now donors can give a set amount of $5, $10, or $20 with just a tap of their mobile phone, smart watch, or any credit card set up for contactless payments.

Individuals and families can sign up as volunteer bell ringers by visiting registertoring.com where they have an option to choose a traditional, two-hour session at a physical red kettle site or participate in a virtual bell ringing shift where they can raise funds in the comfort of their own home. Virtual bell ringers can sign up and begin raising funds at any time, whereas traditional bell ringing begins on Friday, Nov. 10 and runs through Christmas Eve, excluding Thanksgiving and Sundays.

Metro Detroiters can also commit to spreading love through a donation. A sustaining gift of $25 a month will help hardworking families make ends meet and fend off homelessness. Love your neighbors in need beyond Christmas by:

  • Texting GIFT to 24365
  • Donating money via an online kettle, Paypal, Venmo or physical red kettle
  • Donating cryptocurrency
  • Volunteering as a virtual or in-person bell ringer at registertoring.com
  • Visiting SAmetrodetroit.org
  • Calling 877-SAL-MICH

Ann Arbor’s RRS Expands Ownership Team with Five New Shareholders 

Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) in Ann Arbor has announced the addition of five leaders to its ownership team: Elizabeth Hughes Bowden, Hunt Briggs, Beth Coddington, Brennan Madden, and Matt Todd.

As RRS experiences growth in the sustainable materials management sector, these professionals are expected to play a pivotal role in mentoring, expanding service offerings, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality consulting services to clients.

“The material management industry is evolving rapidly, and our decades of experience have attracted new clients and projects, expanding our portfolio of work,” says Brianne Haven, COO and CFO at RRS. “These changemakers have been instrumental in building RRS, nurturing our internal teams and services, and leaving a positive mark on our clients and the industry.”

LUDWIG+ Rebrands Global Leader in Patient Medical Positioning Devices

The newly formed CQ Medical, formed when CIVCO Radiotherapy in Iowa and QFix in Pennsylvania joined forces, have a new brand due to the efforts of Detroit agency LUDWIG+.

LUDWIG+ is leading a complete repositioning of the new brand — CQ Medical — in the highly competitive medical positioning innovation market, including the new name, a new brand identity, and new campaign.

The name CQ stands for Care Quotient, which is defined from within the company culture as the sum of IQ and EQ.

In addition to the new name, the rebrand centers on a new campaign platform “Care Smarter,” expanding on the company’s innovative clinical solutions, unmatched product depth, and breadth and passion for customer and patient care.

Passage Detroit Event Ticketing Company Passage Reaches 8M Tickets Sold

Detroit-based Passage has now sold 8 million tickets since 2014, with customers being served in all 50 states and as far afield as Australia.

Last year, the company amassed more than $40 million in ticket sales across 3,327 events and has generated $2.8 million in revenue.

In August, the company signed a contract with the American Basketball Association to manage ticket sales for all of its teams. Also in August, Passage partnered with DipJar to power online event ticketing, registration, and merchandise sales with thousands of charities.

In June, a contract was signed with Premier Arena Soccer League.

Since July 2023, Passage has been working with insurance protection company Protecht to provide a refund protection option at point of sale.

For more information, visit gopassage.com.

Citizens Research Council in Livonia Elects New Directors

The Livonia-based Citizens Research Council of Michigan today announced the election of 10 new members to its board of directors:

  • Kwafo Adarkwa, director of public affairs, ITC Holdings Corp.
  • Madhu Anderson, director of government relations, The Nature Conservancy
  • Marita Hattem-Schiffman, regional president for central Michigan, MyMichigan Health
  • Matthew Henry, vice president and relationship manager, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
  • Andy Johnston, senior vice president of advocacy and strategic engagement, Grand Rapids Chamber
  • Catherine Kelly, director of editorial and communications, Michigan Central
  • Bill Kregel, vice president of government affairs, BorgWarner
  • Lauren LaPine, senior director of legislative and public policy, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
  • Jessica Robinson, co-founder and partner, Assembly Ventures
  • Jeff Stoutenburg, director of state government affairs, Dow.

The new directors were elected at the 107th annual meeting of the Citizens Research Council on Sept. 27 at St. John’s Resort in Plymouth Township.

Visit crcmich.org for more information on all public policy research and blogs released by the research council.

Detroit Pistons to Host Open Practice at Little Caesars Arena Oct. 15

The Detroit Pistons will host an open practice and team scrimmage starting at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Little Caesars Arena.

Fans interested in attending the event may obtain a free general admission ticket by visiting here (four ticket limit per account). Parking will be available for purchase at the UWM Parking Garage (128 W Fisher Service Dr.) as well as surrounding lots. Fans can use the Southwest, Southeast, or Northwest entrances at Little Caesars Arena for entry.

The first 1,500 fans that arrive for the open practice will receive a Pistons giveaway item.

Condé Nast Traveler Names Detroit Foundation Hotel 3rd Best in Midwest

Detroit Foundation Hotel has been named the No. 3 best hotel in the Midwest as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. This marks the property’s fourth consecutive year on the prestigious list.

The 100-room boutique hotel has been part of Detroit’s recent history, opening in 2017 as part of the city’s renewal. The historic space, which combines the original fire department headquarters and the Pontchartrain Wine Cellars, now also is home to The Apparatus Room restaurant.

With spaces designed for socializing, creating, eating, drinking, and relaxing, the hotel brings together world travelers and neighbors alike through learning focused, locally inspired programming while showcasing Detroit’s legacy and knack for innovation through partnerships with local tastemakers and businesses.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Buildings to Go Pink in October

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan buildings turned pink Oct. 2 and will remain lit throughout the month. Buildings include the Blue Cross Lafayette Tower and tops of the Renaissance Center Towers in Detroit, AF Group Headquarters in Lansing, and Lyon Meadows Conference Center Water Tower in New Hudson.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO provided the following statement to address Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

“Each October, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan adds pink lighting to our buildings to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and support and honor everyone who has been affected by this all-too-common disease,” says Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of BCBSM. “This activation promotes awareness about the importance of regular screenings, including yearly mammograms. Early detection is associated with significantly higher survival rates from breast cancer.”

Aquinas Assurance Covers Full Tuition for Low-income Families

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids has introduced The Aquinas Assurance, a financial aid program that completely covers the standard tuition and fees of students with the greatest financial need.

“Since my first day as Aquinas College’s president, affordability has been at the forefront of my mind,” says Alicia R. Córdoba, president of Aquinas. “As a Catholic Dominican institution, cost should not be a barrier for entry into this incredible community. We are proud to invest in our students and community through the Aquinas Assurance program.”

To receive the Aquinas Assurance, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible for the maximum Federal Pell grant
  • Eligible for the full Michigan Achievement Scholarship
  • Eligible for the full Michigan Tuition Grant
  • Graduate from high school in the Spring of 2024 with a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • File a FAFSA by May 1, 2024

Eligible students should note that in order to continue receiving the scholarship for up to five years, they must carry at least 12 credits in a traditional Bachelor’s Degree program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Full tuition and fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year only and not to future tuition and fee increases as students work towards their degrees. Room, board, and nonstandard fees are excluded. Loans can be applied toward these costs.

Power of Girlhood Celebrates 2023 International Day of the Girl

For the past 10 years, The Power of Girlhood has been at the forefront of fostering collaboration among local organizations dedicated to addressing issues faced by girls.

This year, it’s taking “a groundbreaking approach” by hosting the “Digital Generation, My Generation” series of empowering sessions at five different schools throughout the week of Oct. 9.

The organization’s mission is to “put agency into the hands of girls themselves.” During these assemblies, there will be conversations that are specific to the digital age, including exploring careers in the digital space, navigating social media interactions, addressing cyber security, and promoting financial literacy among girls.