January 10, 2008 - Detroit Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson will host a VIP Luncheon at the MGM Grand Detroit in downtown Detroit on Friday, January 25 at noon. The luncheon is part of the weekend festivities that include the Curtis Granderson/Grand Kids Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game at Auburn Hills Avondale High School on January 26 at 6 p.m.
The event will last approximately 90 minutes. Following a lunch provided by the chefs of the MGM Grand Detroit, Granderson will speak to the group on a variety of topics including leadership, teamwork and goal-setting before answering questions from the attendees. The end of the program will be for the athletes to meet the luncheon attendees in person. Other participants from the Celebrity Basketball Game are also expected to attend.
"I wanted to offer various options to the diverse crowds in Detroit throughout the course of the weekend," Granderson said. "On Saturday, we have an event catering to families and high school-aged kids, but on Friday, I am doing something more private and more for the adults. Leadership, teamwork and goal-setting are topics we can all learn more about, whether it be in baseball, our family life or in our careers."
Tickets to the luncheon are $100 per person and can be purchased online at www.GrandKidsFoundation.org or can be purchased at the door. Space will be limited, however, as only 150 seats are available. All proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the Grand Kids Foundation, which works with inner city schools and children.
The MGM Grand Detroit is located at 1777 Third Street in downtown Detroit. The specific ballroom will be posted at MGM Grand Detroit.
ABOUT GRAND KIDS FOUNDATION:
Founded in December, 2006 by Curtis Granderson, the Grand Kids Foundation aims to enrich the educational experiences for children within the inner cities. Curtis' passion for education comes through his family, as both of his parents worked as educators in Chicago while his sister is a professor at Jackson State University. Curtis himself is one of a limited number of Major League Baseball players with a college degree, graduating from the Univ. of Illinois-Chicago in 2003 with degrees in Business Marketing and Business Management.
This past school year, the Grand Kids Foundation held a major art and essay contest with the entire Detroit Public Schools system. Grand Prize winners (8 in all) received school visits from him. Curtis then invited another 70 children and one guest to a Detroit Tigers game. The funds will be dispersed to specific schools and programs as approved by the Grand Kids Foundation.