Motor City Car Crawl Coming to Downtown Detroit in August
Motor City Car Crawl, an outdoor event, takes place in parks in downtown Detroit in early August. Beacon Park is pictured. // Photo courtesy of the Downtown Detroit Partnership
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association in Troy and Detroit’s Downtown Detroit Partnership are hosting the first Motor City Car Crawl, a walk-in event in downtown Detroit from Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 8.
“Our goal is to work with the DDP to organize an event that will focus on raising funds for local children’s charities and at the same time showing off some of the latest cars and trucks,” says Rod Alberts, Managing Director of DADA. “It’s been some time since we’ve had an event like this and we believe the Motor City Car Crawl will benefit both local charities and local businesses.”
The event features new vehicles from Detroit metro dealerships in six downtown parks: Beacon Park, Cadillac Square, Campus Martius, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Spirit Plaza. Attendees can also enjoy downtown walking facilities, as well as food trucks, beverage stations, and family-friendly entertainment.
The event starts on Thursday at 12 noon. There is a ticketed charity event on Saturday that features live entertainment and food and drink specials. The event will raise funds for eight Detroit child charities: Boys and Girls Clubs in Southeast Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope in Detroit, Children’s Center, Children’s Foundation, Detroit PAL, Judson Center, March of Dimes Metro Detroit, and University of Michigan CS Mott Children’s Hospital.
“We expect a lot of excitement about Motor City Car Crawl,” said Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “People look forward to making contacts again and taking part in events. This outdoor event brings people together in a safe, outdoor environment that lights up our beautiful city. ”
The vehicle ads and entertainment are free. Ticket prices and the list of entertainment on offer for the August 7th charity event are yet to be announced.
“DADA and the DDP have long been committed to supporting charities in Metro Detroit and recognize that community organizations are particularly hard hit during this pandemic,” said Mike Duggan, Detroit mayor. “I am grateful to Rod Alberts and Eric Larson for their leadership in creating this wonderful charity event that will benefit those in our community who need our support.”
The association supports more than 185 auto dealers in the Detroit area through legislative and industrial representation, educational programs, and community relations activities. It produced the North American International Auto Show and from this year Motor Bella. Through its charitable foundation, the company has raised more than US $ 121 million for children’s and youth welfare organizations in its 42-year history.
The partnership strengthens and supports downtown Detroit through initiatives and programs. It works to bring together business, philanthropic, and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community. It plans, manages, and operates programs for six parks and public areas in downtown Detroit.
The North American International Auto Show has been suspended for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Motor Bella will take place at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac in September. The new event shows mobility and debut vehicles of the next generation.
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