Tonight’s the night! People from all over will be coming to The Stand Restaurant at Woodward and Maple for “Back The Blue-Night”. A fundraiser to help out the family of West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O’Rourke who was killed tragically a few years ago while on a domestic dispute call. Patrick left behind a wonderful, beautiful wife and four kids. Many of us understand how overwhelming this kind of loss is, and we support our local Police and Fire for running this risk every day the go on the job. There is no admission charge for tonight! But proceeds from your drinks and food and the tips you donate at the bar will all go The O’Rourkes in time for Christmas. When my wife Lynn and I reached out to Detroit’s Radio & TV celebrities to help by tending bar and hanging out, the response was great. So much so, that I don’t think there’s ever been a collection of stars this big in one place in Metro Detroit in a long time. Everyone I asked said “yes”, unless they were working tonight or helping out another good cause…because they all do that more often than you’d know. So here’s the list so far…
Channel 7’s Anu Prakash has been VERY helpful plugging this event since the beginning.
Ch 7’s Chris Edwards, who despite recovering from leg surgery was quick to hop on board.
Fox 2’s Deena Centofanti, a long time morning show favorite who always finds the time to help out another Mom like Amy O’Rourke.
Our Buddy Eric Gorges, who is the host of the PBS-Detroit hit TV show, “A Craftsman’s Legacy”. Eric’s a big guy with a bigger heart.
Movie Show Plus/WDIV Hollywood Reporter, Greg Russell who just last week spent the day with Julia Roberts. If you want to know about The Stars, ask Greg!
Detroit’s OWN version of Brad and Angelina, Taryn Asher and Jason Carr from Fox2. (these two need their own TV or Radio show)
Longtime Detroit Radio Legend and the best voice on any airwaves, Jim Johnson from WOMC.
WCSX’s Morning Host and the guy who can always make me laugh when I’m not suppose to, Jim O’Brien. God is he funny.
Keenan Smith, Ch7 Meteorologist was one of the first to sign up. Please limit your questions about this weekend’s snow to under 1 minute.
And of course, our Producer and co-star for over 30 years on our morning show, Mr. Mike Bradley and Lee Ann will be there both tonight and tomorrow night.
We’ve been good friends with Kam Carman since she moved here from Arizona to be on Fox2. She was a regular part of our morning show for years and is now on with Jay Tower on WNIC in the morning. Kam and Jay both were quick to offer their time to meet you tonight, despite being up at 4am this morning, and already working a full day.
Many others said they would try and stop by, even though they have other gigs tonight and I hope I haven’t left anyone out! The only thing missing is YOU! Hope to see you tonight at The Stand. Maple & Woodward in Birmingham starting around 6. -Jim