The original 2020 Threads For Success annual event back in March was canceled due to Covid-19. However through the vision of our Board Chair Rob Wachler, a modified version of the event was presented and approved by the TFS Board of Directors after the mandated shutdown was lifted. On Wednesday July 1st, 2020 staff from Tom James Clothing and volunteers from the community volunteered their time to assist us with a drive-thru style event. Starting at 9am each graduate arrived onsite to a parking lot full of clothing and volunteers to assist them. Each graduate received a suite, shirt and tie as promised. We had the chance to meet some outstanding young men from the City of Detroit. Some of these young men are going to great colleges like Howard University and Cal Tech. Special thanks to all of the volunteers and community partners who showed up in 85 degree weather. We are thankful for the media coverage provided by Channel 4 News Detroit. See link below
On Monday March 23rd 2020, the Board of Directors held our Scholarship Raffle. Unfortunately we had to cancel our annual suit event on Saturday March 21st due to the Covid-19 (Corona Virus).
This year marked our 3rd Scholarship Raffle. Each young man who was registered to attend our annual event was entered into our raffle to win a $500 dollar scholarship. This money is for educational purposes beyond high school. Threads For Success Board drew 10 scholarship raffle tickets from a drum. Each student was assigned a raffle number based on their online registration date.
Threads For Success will be awarding $5,000 to the Detroit community on behalf of our board and everyone who supported our fundraiser. Congrats to the winners!
- Guy Jones– Mentoring Through Media
- Demarco Ross– Westside Academy
- Abdullah Bayi– Midnight Golf
- Amari Torrance– Midnight Golf
- Trevon Devoe– Midnight Golf
- Jalen Hayes-Allen- BINGO
- Maguel Ross– Kappa League
- Donovan Espinoza-Gonzalez– Apex Academy
- Brandon Espinoza-Gonzalez- Apex Academy
- Ricardo Gonzalez- Detroit Cristo Rey
Detroit’s former Mayor Dave Bing along with his mentoring program the Bing Youth Institute, hosted the 13th Annual Threads For Success event on Saturday March 23, 2019. The NBA Hall of Fame player was the keynote speaker and partner for the event. The Pistons Legend spoke to the young men about the importance of appropriate dress for business environments. He shared how during the NBA off season he interviewed for a banking position with NBD (National Bank of Deroit). He had to dress properly in order to work in a business environment. Mr. Bing also praised the number of volunteers who were present at the event.
Threads For Success is honored to have long standing volunteers from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Detroit Rotary, Tom James Clothing, & City Year Detroit.