std-2014-4x5-4 (2)DETROIT  – With over 20,000 homeless citizens in the city of Detroit, Shumake Family and Friends Foundation will kick off the 2014 holiday season with their 3rd Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ for the Homeless and Hungry on November 22nd. Taking place at the historic Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201, this one day event will once again provide meals for up to 10,000 low-income and homeless citizens in the Detroit and Metro-Detroit communities.


As an official National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week event, The Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ aims to put an end to Homelessness and Hunger by providing fresh, healthy, hot-cooked meals prepared by Celebrity Chef, Jeff Toney, distribute blankets from Radio One’s “Warm Detroit” Blanket Drive, provide live entertainment, music, homelessness/food pantry resources, human service agency vendors, and health and wellness testing/screenings.



“With the negative publicity surrounding the City of Detroit as a “bankrupt City”, through this event, we have seen the exact opposite represented for Detroit.  There is unlimited wealth and prosperity that exists in the hearts and spirits of Detroiter’s who roll up their sleeves and give back to their neighbors who need the most help.  That is what the Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ is all about. It embodies the spirit of Detroit,” said Robert Shumake, Chair of the Shumake Family Friends Foundation and Event Founder.


Hosted by world-renowned Comedian Horace H.B. Sanders, this event is one the entire family can enjoy. Joining Horace, the event will also feature appearances and live performances by other VIPs including Grammy & Stellar Award Winner Dorinda Clark Cole, Mark J of Karew Records, Southside Recording artist and star producer Ant Taylor and Rap Artist Icewear Vezzo. The dynamic DPS All City High School Marching Band will also perform. Other distinguished guests scheduled to attend include, Trinidad & Tobago Ambassador, Dr. Neil Parsan, Botswana Ambassador, Dr. Tebelelo Sereste, Senator Burt Johnson, and Councilwoman Brenda Jones. Year-after-year community leaders, key influencers, citizens and avid supporters of Detroit, continue to be eager to partake in such a rewarding cause.


“We are excited to give back to the people of this great city and appreciate what the organizers of the Detroit Backyard BBQ are doing to make our city’s homeless population feel special and cared for,” said Reginald Humphries, a Senior Manager within General Motors Supplier Diversity division.  “GM is proud to serve as a Silver Sponsor for this awesome event.”


Without such sponsors and supporters the Detroit Backyard BBQ would not be possible. The event is free and open to the public from 11 AM – 5 PM. Come out and enjoy this phenomenal community endeavor while joining the fight to end Hunger and Homelessness in the city of Detroit.


This event is being presented by Shumake Family and Friends Foundation, in partnership with several reputable community organizations including Radio One and Masonic Temple, Abayomi Community Development Corporation, COTS, Forgotten Harvest, UAW Ford, GM Supplier Diversity, Senator Burt Johnson, Dunamis Clean Energy Partners, Devon Group, W3r Consulting, Rodgers Chevrolet, ChemicoMays, SET Inc., Duckett Brothers Distributing, Prince Hall Masons, Chef Toney Catering, Ambassador Bridge, LMG Catering, Detroit Branch NAACP, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Workforce Development, Detroit Seafood Market, Let’s Work Event Strategies, The Yunion, Elmhurst Home, Inc., Southwest Counseling Solutions, NPAC Health Services, Homeless Action Network, Traveler’s Aid, Improv Clothing, Michigan Chronicle, SEEL, AVA Care Management, Comerica Bank and a host of other prominent community partners who care greatly about the city of Detroit.


For volunteer or sponsorship opportunities please contact Event Manager, Natalie M. King at      

About Shumake Family and Friends Foundation: Shumake Family and Friends Foundation, is a charitable nonprofit organization that aims to provide support to communities through various philanthropic efforts throughout the city of Detroit and globally.

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