Rendering of the Mack Lot

Pitch for Detroit 2017, presented by the Meyer & Anna Prentis Family Foundation, will celebrate its seventh year of engaging young adults to give back to the city by raising funds for a playground and performance stage for the Mack Lot through a charity kickball tournament at Wayne State Athletic Fields on Aug. 13 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Kickoff is 10 a.m.

More than 500 people are expected to attend the signature event sponsored by the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit, which aims to raise $20,000 to support the Mack Lot, a new outdoor community space by MACC Development, anchoring the revitalization of Mack Avenue as a pedestrian-friendly corridor.

It wouldn’t be a NEXTGen Detroit event without some “wows,” so get ready to enjoy a great day of food, music and a few special surprises.

Founded by Adam Blanck and Benjy Gordon as an effort to create a meaningful way to give back to their hometown, Pitch for Detroit is a one-day fundraiser/fun-raiser that has supported different Detroit-based causes throughout the years. This year, the event will be chaired by Abby Rubin and Gabe Scharg and will focus on not only raising money, but also educating NEXTGen Detroit’s constituents to continue their involvement with MACC Development long after this day is over.

With more than $250,000 raised for projects in Detroit over the past several years, Pitch 2017’s support of the Mack Lot will build on its legacy of empowering young adults to fund efforts that help to sustain and strengthen the city. The Mack Lot is designed to bring people together through arts, culture, food and recreation and act as a community hub that will embody MACC Development’s goal of maintaining the uniqueness of every block and neighborhood and empowering the families and individuals who live there.

MACC Development is led by a team of professional and volunteer community leaders, who have chosen to work in a zip code on the east side of Detroit where they live and raise their families and will remain to promote the value, dignity and worth of the 48214 neighborhood.

Past years’ funds have helped to rehab Detroit’s Bradby Park, including a critically needed new roof for its recreation building, vital safety equipment for a firehouse in southwest Detroit, rent subsidies enabling young adults to move into the city, and micro-grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to improving the city.

The fun-filled day is open to people of all ages who want to grab some food, listen to music, watch a great game and enjoy the beauty of Midtown!

To join a team, donate or volunteer, go to