Izzo, Ebron join Verizon for domestic violence awareness

DETROIT – The public is invited to take part in the Rally For Hope on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in Campus Martius Park. Michigan sports stars and business leaders will share why it's important for the community to help end domestic violence, and help HopeLine reach 1 million no-longer-used phone donations.

  • $30,000 in HopeLine From Verizon grant money will be awarded to members of the local community:

  • $20,000 to Jewish Women International, which will go to domestic violence prevention efforts in a partnership with YWCA Detroit.

  • $10,000 to YWCA Detroit, which will fund domestic violence training for the Detroit Police Department in November from internationally renowned trainer and former police officer Mark Wynn.

  • Limited autographs will be available after the program from Coach Izzo until 10 a.m. EST.

  • Autographs will be available from Detroit Lions Tight End Eric Ebron after the program.

  • The Rally For Hope will serve as a kickoff for Verizon's month-long HopeLine Michigan drive in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Public is encouraged to join the movement and support survivors by donating no-longer-used cell phones to any Verizon retail location throughout October.

When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Where: Campus Martius Park—North Stage, 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.

Who: Speakers Include:

  • Detroit Lions Tight End, Eric Ebron

  • Michigan State University Men's Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo

    Representatives from:

  • YWCA of Detroit

  • Jewish Women International

  • American Axle & Manufacturing

  • Verizon

  • Distinguished guests from:

  • University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Grand Valley State University

  • Western Michigan University

  • $100,000 in Hopeline From Verizon grants will be donated to state-wide organizations in October, including:

  • Goodwill Industries of Detroit

  • YWCA of Detroit

  • HAVEN of Pontiac

  • Alternatives For Girls of Detroit

  • First Step of Detroit

  • Ruth Ellis Center of Highland Park

  • MSU Safe Place of East Lansing