The Detroit College Promise is excited to be organizing a team for The Big House, Big Heart run / walk on October 3, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan  This unique event supports three University of Michigan Health System charities through part of your registration fee, and can also raise money for The Detroit College Promise. Our nonprofit now offers scholarships to all 85,000 Detroit Public School students who graduate and live in Detroit, and has become the largest private scholarship program in Michigan. 


Come gear up and run, walk or wheel in a 10K, 5K or 1 mile race / event.  The events start at the University of Michigan's "Big House" football stadium.  With all three distances, you will have the unique opportunity of running through the tunnel, under the goal posts and across the finish line on the 50 yard line of the Big House, while watching yourself on the "Big House" Jumbotron screen!


The organizers have generously opened this event to all area nonprofits to raise funds. We at The Detroit College Promise invite you to help us raise much needed funding by participating, not only as a runner, walker, wheeler or stroller, but also as a fundraiser. One hundred percent of funds raised are set aside for scholarships for Detroit Public School graduates in our program.


Here's how to join The Detroit College Promise team:


1. Register for the race at and click on THE DETROIT COLLEGE PROMISE (alphabetical under T) on the drop down when asked for the team name.  If you have already registered for the race and are not yet part of another team, you just need to email or call us to let us know that you want to be part of our team.


2. Email us at to let us know that you are part of The Detroit College Promise team.

3. Join our fundraising efforts by setting a goal for yourself and telling your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family, etc. that you are getting out and getting some exercise in order to help us.  Ask them to sponsor your participation with a 100% tax-deductible gift to The Detroit College Promise and let your contacts know Im running the Big House Big Heart for The Detroit College Promise!".  For each donation given, please give the donor a tax deductible card, with our agency Tax ID number on it. Once you are registered, we will provide you with this card, and with pledge sheets to keep track of your donations. All donors
of $5 or more will also receive special saving pass which gives up to 25% off* one item at any Macy's store or online on October 16, 2010 (click here for more details).


4. We are also offering incentives for fundraising (including a partial refund of your registration fee), so keep track of your donations.  Well email you the details when you join our team.


If you prefer not to participate in the race but would like to make a donation instead, please go to or go to and click on Make a donation on the sidebar. In the nonprofit section, click on THE DETROIT COLLEGE PROMISE (Starts with T).  You may also mail a check or money order to: The Detroit College Promise, 30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. 


As always, we appreciate your support. Together we will make a difference in the lives of DPS students, their families and the community as a whole.


There are many worthy charities that have chosen to participate in this event. You are welcome to join any of them, and we are grateful to be part of such a big event that gives people a way to support charities that are important to them. If The Detroit College Promise is your choice, we look forward to having you join our team!

Please contact us with any questions at 248/646-3269 or email for more information.  Remember, if you want to be on The Detroit College Promise team, you need to let us know that you're one of us and you have to register at


Hope to see you at the Big House!