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11th Annual Hug Detroit Day Official Party & Free Concert

Detroit MI. - The 11th Annual Hug Detroit Day, Free Concert, Block Party, Backpacks, and School Supplies Drive, takes place Sunday, August 27, 2023. Sponsored by Woodbridge Pub, Home of Serenity, Hug Detroit Community Service, Gwen Foxx, City of Arts, The Islamic Center of Detroit Sufian Nabhan, Amazing Kinkz, Detroit Hot Radio, and The Preservation of Jazz Foundation.

The Backpack, school supplies, uniforms, and canned goods donations are still needed. To make a donation, here are the following options. *Drop off Backpacks, School Supplies, uniforms, and canned goods at the Woodbridge Pub donation box .*To receive donations, please email. or our website With subject line: Registration

*Send a donation to gofundme:

*Hug Detroit Day t-shirt purchase will help a few of your children go to dance school.

The day of the event please feel free to bring blankets and chairs. Dress comfortably, with an umbrella to block the sun. We will have family games to play, arts & crafts, bounce house, giveaways, raffles, and remember, this is a Hug party. Don't be alarmed, if someone comes up to you with their arms open or hands extended for a simple handshake. There will also be other shops open, as well. Woodbridge Pub will have a food menu and two cash bars available, all day long with live entertainment inside, and outside, the newly built Garden Theater Stage.

Entertainment Schedule:

1:00p. Drum Circle & Dance ft. Mahindi Masai

2:00p. Keynote Speaker "Community" Henrietta Ivey\ Keynote Speaker Homecare Advocate&Activist Motivational Speaker, Business Owner of IPS LLC, Podcast Host of WGOID

2:30p Keynote Speaker "Wealth in Health" & Keynote Speaker ``In case of an Emergency" Mindful B Anthony

3:00p. Alvorada

3:30p. Lolly

4:00p.Open Mic Poetry Hosted by One Single Rose

5:00p. Crystal Cummings

5:15p. Erogenous House Party ft. Tim Ellerbe & Tamika Diamond

6:00p. Jerome Clark Trio

7:00p. The Big Jam Session Hosted By Sky Covington & Friends Veronique Musique, Faye Bradford, Denise Edwards, LadyLove Accompanied by Phil Harmonic, Ibrahim Jones, and Terrance Neal

This year's Hug Detroit Day Ambassador is the Founder & Ceo of Home Of Serenity, Diane Pears. Home of Serenity is a nonprofit organization that was formed on 05/10/2021 to provide residential care to homeless and disadvantaged pregnant youth. They, currently, have a facility located in Detroit Michigan. The HOS team is working every waking hour to open doors that have an impact on our community. We plan on bestowing most of the donations to her organization.** Home of Serenity is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions made are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 86-3783861.***

*Send a donation to Home of Serenity 18701 Grand River Ave. Unit #156 Detroit Michigan 48223

What is Hug Detroit Day?


By Council President Brenda Jones

WHEREAS, on August 24-25, 2013, Nicole “Sky Covington” Freeman and Sheila EveretteHale sponsored the first two-day festival celebrating HUG DETROIT DAY, featuring family activities, music and live entertainment, art exhibitions and vendors, but most importantly, hugs, handshakes, caring and sharing of community to acknowledge the awesome people of Detroit; and

WHEREAS, the impact of, and the excitement generated by HUG DETROIT DAY was so well received by the community that it will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of August each year since its inception. This year’s HUG DETROIT DAY, planned for August 27, 2023, will show appreciation for the accomplishments of Detroit and its people, celebrating a day of non-violence, honoring those who have lost their lives to protect the community, and emphasizing all that we have in common – with a day of hugs.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Detroit City Council, in appreciation for the important sentiment promoted by this event, hereby designates the fourth Sunday of August each year as HUG DETROIT DAY, and recognizes Sunday, August 27, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m., as the 11th Annual HUG DETROIT DAY official party, a big Love and Music Official Block Party held on Woodbridge Pub (neighborhood). Approved by: Detroit City Council on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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