Karmanos Cancer Institute's Partners Honors Kid Rock & Kid Rock Foundation

18th Annual Partners Golf Classic, Night Events

DETROIT, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Karmanos Partners, a group of young, hands-on volunteers dedicated to raising money for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, is honoring Kid Rock & The Kid Rock Foundation at this year’s 18th Annual Partners Golf Classic and Partners Night events.

Partners Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29 at Franklin Hills Country Club in Franklin. Partners Night will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit. Corporate Partner is Compuware Corporation and Host Sponsor is Ford Motor Company for the two events.

“This year, we have chosen to honor Kid Rock and his foundation for the extraordinary philanthropy that he’s shown to the Detroit community and his generous support for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in particular,” said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations. “It’s wonderful when a Michigan native like Kid Rock finds success, but also remembers his roots and shows a real commitment to improving his hometown.”

Karmanos is also joining Made In Detroit, the clothing and merchandise line owned by Kid Rock, to promote sales of special T-shirts benefiting breast cancer research at Karmanos. The pink, short-sleeved and Racerback  T-shirts feature the iconic Rosie the Riveter sporting a pink ribbon tattoo, Made In Detroit pin, and speaking the highly-memorable phrase “We Can Do It!” At the bottom is the charge, “Let’s go to work to find a cure.”

T-shirts are being sold at the Made In Detroit Web site at http://www.madeindetroit.com/portal/store/store.asp?OpenA=6029&nProductTypeID=6029, under the “Rosie We Can Do It for Cancer” Tab and at authorized Made In Detroit retailers.

Partners’ two events over the last 17 years have raised nearly $11 million, with last year’s fundraising total of $2.1 million setting a record for the group.  Funds help the Karmanos Cancer Institute with its mission to provide the best state-of-the-science research and cancer care for patients.

For more information about Partners events, call Lisa Kotulnchik at (313) 576-8106 or visit www.karmanos.org/partners.

About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for nearly 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos is among the nation’s best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care. Karmanos is southeastern Michigan‘s most preferred hospital for cancer care according to annual surveys conducted by the National Research Corporation. Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute’s president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org .

SOURCE Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute