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2011 Highlights

18th Annual Partners Events
Honoring Kid Rock & The Kid Rock Foundation

Thanks to everyone who made the event a huge success!

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The Karmanos Partners continued its philanthropic legacy for the 18th year in a row, raising nearly $700,000 through the Partners Golf Classic on August 29th and the Partners Night on September 17 to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Karmanos Partners is a group of young, hands-on volunteers dedicated to supporting the mission of Karmanos Cancer Institute. Since the Partners inception 18 years ago, the group has raised nearly $12 million to support cancer research at Karmanos Cancer Institute.

In addition to raising money for the institute, this year the Partners honored local philanthropist and national rock icon Kid Rock and his foundation for the dedication and support he has shown to the community of Detroit.

In fact, Kid Rock’s clothing line, Made In Detroit, is promoting sales of special T-shirts benefiting breast cancer research at Karmanos through the month of October. The pink 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.”

“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,” said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president, Institutional Relations, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

To purchase a T-shirt visit an authorized Made In Detroit retailer, or the Made In Detroit Web site and look under the “Rosie We Can Do It for Cancer” Tab.

The success of these two events would not be complete without the tireless efforts of Partners Executive Committee Co-chairs David Thewes and J. J. Modell; Partners Golf Classic Co-chairs Dan Cornwell and Scott Faulkner; and Partners Night Co-chairs Jennifer Lasco and Michelle Mio.

The Karmanos Cancer Institute and Partners would also like to thank our sponsors including Corporate Partner Compuware Corporation, Host Sponsor Ford Motor Company Fund and Entertainment Sponsor The Suburban Collection

Other key sponsors include: Cambridge Consulting Group; Lil and Alex Erdeljan; The Ferrantino Foundation; Marjorie S. Fisher; Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; JMC Steel Group; Kenwal Steel Corp.; Eunice and Milt Ring; Quicken Loans and fathead®; Somerset Collection; Trott & Trott, Hour Magazine, Dbusiness Magazine and 101 WRIF.

“We’ re grateful for the incredible support of our Partners members and supporters who provide critical funds to champion the innovative research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO, Karmanos Cancer Institute.


Among the 200 Partners Golf participants on Aug. 29 were Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and First Lady Yvette Bing. They teamed up with Nick and Julie Karmanos to complete their foursome.

All together, 1,000 guests took part in this year’s Partners events, including more than 200 participants at Partners Golf Classic at the Franklin Hills Country Club and another 800 attendees at Partners Night at Ford Field. While these two events are over, the Partners fundraising efforts continue. The Detroit Shoppe at the Somerset Collection is continuing their support through the month of September by donating a portion of their proceeds from merchandise sales to Karmanos Cancer Institute.

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