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Fountain Bistro to benefit City Year Detroit

This article appeared in Metromix
Ese Esan -- February 2012

Beer and s’mores isn’t a combination you hear very often, but that’s just what you’ll get at the City Year Detroit benefit Thursday at Fountain Bistro

City Year, a national high school dropout prevention program that uses Americorp members to help mentor and tutor students in grades 6-9, will host a party to raise money for the organization. 

This is the first time the group has held an event geared towards young adults, said Development Manager Jenna Moritz who hopes to raise about $4,000 Thursday. Half of admission price will go towards City Year.

“A lot of our fundraising has been geared towards much more established people in our area,” Moritz explained. “We weren’t quite capturing that demographic that’s on its way.”

Jay Lambrecht, one of Fountain Bistro’s three owners, said he teamed up with City Year because he feels education is important. “We wanted to raise money and make people aware of this great group of volunteers, so we asked to do a fundraiser. Though money is extremely important to keep organizations like this going and growing, it is equally important to help spread the word about City Year, and we feel like a fundraiser does both.”

Entertainment Thursday will be provided by the Delta Five blues band. There will also be food and an outdoor spot set up to roast s’mores. 

“I am looking forward to Thursday's event,” Lambrecht said. “There will not only be great food, drinks, and music, but a wonderful opportunity to learn more about City Year and meet some of these fantastic volunteers that are helping our youth in Detroit daily.” 

To attend, RSVP to Jenna Moritz at jmoritz@cityyear.org.

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Fountain Bistro, 800 Woodward, Detroit, 313.962.0101. $50 (includes beer and wine). 

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