Coaches for Kids Maize 'N' Green Tailgate held Wednesday

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DETROIT - The Coaches for Kids Maine 'N' Green Tailgate will be held Wednesday at the Ford Field, benefiting VIP Mentoring.

Former University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr, former Michigan State University head football coach George Perles and various alumni players will be there promoting the coaching and mentoring of youth.

The event, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will include performances by the Michigan State University Marching Band as well as the University of Michigan Fanfare Marching Band.

There will also be a rally to guests regarding the VIP Mentoring mission and vision.

Local 4's own Ashlee Baracy will be emceeing the event where president of The Skillman Foundation, Carol Goss, will be honored with the "Heroes for Our Children: Lift Them Up" award.

Entertainment will also be provided by The Carr Center Jazz Ensemble. There will be live and silent auctions, a photo station, tours of Ford Field, as well as other activities.

"This is always an exciting week of college football across our state, and hosting Lloyd Carr, George Perles, the marching bands and alumni players at our maize 'n' green tailgate is very special," said VIP Mentoring President and CEO Jerry Dash. "Both coaches, along with Carol Goss, know firsthand about mentoring youth, and their personal stories can help further our mission and make for a truly unique event."

Lear Corporation is the presenting sponsor, and other major sponsors include Netlink Foundation, Matcor Automotive Inc., and other businesses.

This will be the second year this event has taken place, with money raised from the festivities going directly to the VIP Mentoring program.

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