*In keeping with his philanthropic efforts and maintaining his NAACP status of a good helper in the community, Kid Rock donated $10,000 to five community organizations in order to fulfill a promise he made at the recent Fight for Freedom Fund dinner where he was honored.
Rock, a suburban Detroiter whose real name is Robert Ritchie, presented the checks to leaders of the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit, Youthville Detroit, Friends of Belle Isle, Habitat for Humanity and the Detroit Recreation Department.
“I’m just happy I can do it,” said Rock, who donned glasses, a Wrangler jean jacket and a cap emblazoned with the words “Made in Detroit” during an event at City Hall Monday afternoon, reports the Detroit News.
The money was given by the Kid Rock Foundation, based in Clarkston, Michigan. “This city and the surrounding areas have given me a lot in the course of my ascension to be where I’m at today,” Rock said. “This is just a start.”
The NAACP’s decision to honor Rock at its May dinner caused some controversy because he sometimes uses the Confederate battle flag as a backdrop at concerts. But Detroit’s Mayor Dave Bing said Rock works hard for the beleaguered city.
“Here’s a guy that’s Detroit through and through,” Bing said. “Whether it’s here locally, whether it’s regionally or whether it’s globally, I always see him promoting Detroit. We need more people like this who just care about people.”
(photo courtesy Detroit News)