When Tori Weingarten decided to research the Detroit Water Ice Factory last fall, she did so with one idea in mind: She wanted to find a unique product that would stand out among the rest.
As it turned out, the DWIF was a winner for Weingarten this year. The Bloomfield Hills High junior routinely placed and won awards pitching the product in her sales competitions in forensics during the school year, culminating with a third-place finish at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association State Tournament on April 28-29 at Eastern Michigan University.
“The deciding factor was the amazing giving back campaign,” Weingarten wrote in an email to S.A.Y. Detroit. “I loved promoting a Detroit product, and this bonus of discovering a place where 100% of the profits go to S.A.Y. Detroit charities sealed the deal. I had found the perfect, unique dessert company and knew it would be a winner.”
Also known as competitive speaking, forensics features debate, public speaking and performance in an array of categories.
On short notice on Monday, volunteers from the Detroit Muscle Crew II and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries gathered to erect a tent that will be used this summer for S.A.Y. Detroit’s satellite location of the Detroit Water Ice Factory.
Special thanks go to Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry, who sent three of his summer employees to the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, where the tent was raised. Fellow Muscle Crew team member Jack Galopin drove in from Pinckney to help. Thanks Jack!
And, as always, big thanks go to Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries — our operating partner — who sent three people over to lend a hand.
From start to finish, the job took two hours to complete. Thank you volunteers!
The group that spent Monday afternoon at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills raising the tent that will be used this summer for our Detroit Water Ice Factory’s seasonal location. We acknowledge the following folks and businesses associated with the all-volunteer Detroit Muscle Crew II who made this happened: Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry, who sent three employees (Ben and Blake Borkowski and Simon Albaugh); Jack Galopin of Pinckney (he’s in the red sweatshirt); and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, who supplied three helpers for this project. Also pictured is Larry Brown of the Franklin Cider Mill and Rick Bochenek, who will be managing the DWIF location.
Many thanks to Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry who answered the Detroit Muscle Crew II’s call for volunteerism and sent three of his summer employees — Simon Albaugh, Ben Borkowski and Blake Borkowski – to help us raise the tent for our nonprofit Detroit Water Ice Factory’s summertime location that will be opening later this month at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills. The Albaugh crew here is next to Rick Bochenek, who’s going to be managing the DWIF location.
In a special Valentine’s Day treat for our neighbors in the Guardian Building (500 Griswold) and the Buhl Building (535 Griswold), we scooped FREE Detroit Water Ice in thanks for all the neighborhood love and support we receive in Campus Martius.
If you missed your free scoop, try our D-Ice Water Ice, hot Philly Pretzels, one-of-a-kind Motown Mash, or other sweet treats at our flagship location at 1014 Woodward Avenue.
All proceeds from the Detroit Water Ice Factory benefit S.A.Y Detroit, a 501 (c)(3) charity aimed at improving the lives of our neediest citizens through shelter, food, medical care, volunteer efforts and education.
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Detroit — When the Michigan Masons and Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation became large supporters of Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit charities last fall, they stressed that their commitment would be more than financial.
For more than two hours, the volunteer group did a deep-cleaning of the store and its storage facilities, from scrubbing floors and windows to organizing items and products sold at the shop at One Campus Martius.
“This was two hours of good sweat,” said Bob Conley, who drove in for the event from Alma with his wife JoNeil. “We had Masons here from all over — Grand Rapids, Port Huron, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit area. We were really happy to be here and help Mitch. What S.A.Y. Detroit does with the (S.A.Y. Play) Center and with this and all of its outreach, it really is a place of hope. Being here today, I certainly see a rebirth in Detroit.”
Created by Albom, the DWIF opened its flagship location at 1014 Woodward Avenue on Aug. 4, 2015. The store follows the “Newman’s Own’’ model of philanthropy, offering a delicious frozen ice dessert – and other products — with the sole goal of raising funds to help others. All profits from the store benefits Detroit’s neediest citizens under Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit umbrella of charities.
Detroit Water Ice Factory, the hottest destination for iconic dessert treats, celebrates its one-year anniversary on Thursday, August 4th. Free water ice will be given out between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM (and scooped by Mitch Albom), to celebrate this milestone occasion, at the store’s flagship location, 1014 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. (more…)
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