Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Interested in participating in BLOCKTOBERFEST?

What better way to conquer the Tuesday blahs than with beer, music, food, games, good cheer, and a chance to win some awesome freebies -- all for a good cause?

Come join Blocktoberfest, a downtown Detroit mini-street fair, and you can benefit the United Way and local businesses while blowing off some weekday steam.
It's all happening from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 on Lafayette between First and Third Streets in downtown Detroit. Take The People Mover to the Fort/Cass stop, walk one block north to Lafayette and you've arrived!

More than 40 vendors will be selling and promoting their goods and services. Bid on raffle items ranging from yoga gift certificates to new tires. During your much-needed break from the office, grab a bite to eat, challenge your friends to a bean bag toss or test your Detroit trivia knowledge. Local celebs like Detroit News columnists Terry Foster, Charlie LeDuff and Neal Rubin will surrender their dignity in a dunk tank, while musical favorites Luther “Badman” Keith and Frankie D'Angelo take the stage.

For the after-5 crowd, Motor City Brewing Works will serve up their locally made beer and The Sights and The Polish Muslims will rock the block at a beer garden hosted by The Doubletree Guest Suites.

There are plenty of ways to contribute, and the biggest way is by joining the fun. We are asking employers to let their employees loose for a few hours to enjoy the festivities and fresh, fall air!

See the fruits of your support by visiting the United Way tent. Check out their 2-1-1 car and sign up to volunteer for one of their many programs to assist the community.

Admission is free and tickets can be purchased the day of the event at any of three Comerica Bank ticket booths on Lafayette.

We hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the United Way of Southeast Michigan at www.UnitedWaySEM.org/blocktoberfest.
Blocktoberfest is sponsored by The United Way, The Detroit Media Partnership, Ford Motor Company, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, WDIV, Doubletree Guest Suites, Comerica Bank, Fort Shelby Tower Apartments and Inside Detroit.

Contact: Cindy Jacobs at cjacobs@detnews.com or 313.222.2135

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