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Goodwill’s Rock for Jobs Brings Together Detroit Rock Legends to Put Metro Detroiters Back to Work

Alto Reed, Mitch Ryder, Mark Farner Set To “Rock For Jobs”

DETROIT – Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit announced today details of the Rock for Jobs concert, presented by the Detroit Lions and WOMC, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at The Fillmore Detroit. Led by legendary saxman Alto Reed, the event will feature Alto Reed’s AllStars with special guests rock n’ roll icon Mitch Ryder and former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner.

Proceeds from the event will support Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit programs that help unemployed Metro Detroiters earn jobs.

The concert also includes performances by Detroit Music Award winning singer/songwriter Jill Jack, R&B artist Michael Brock and local rock band The Electric Playground. 104.3 WOMC on-air personality, Jim “JJ” Johnson will serve as the event emcee.

Tickets start at $10 and are available through Live Nation Gold Main Floor Reserved premium seating is available. The Fillmore Detroit is located at 2115 Woodward Avenue, next to The Fox in the heart of the theatre district. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. Rock for Jobs is presented by The Detroit Lions and WOMC, with generous support provided by Comcast, Happy’s Pizza, Motor City Casino, Whoop Ass Can Company and Zumu.Co.

“Events like this help Goodwill provide job training, education and placement and put our friends and neighbors back to work,” said Lorna Utley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Goodwill Industries is the only organization in Southeast Michigan solely dedicated to helping local individuals overcome employment challenges.

“This concert is about gathering musicians rooted in Detroit history together to give back and use the power of music to make an impact and create jobs,” said Alto Reed.

The Detroit Lions’ support for the Rock for Jobs concert is an extension of their entirely new community and philanthropic initiative, Living for the City which supports organizations that pursue integrated approaches to community health, wellness and development, including aligned workforce opportunities.

“As part of our Living for the City community outreach initiative, the Detroit Lions organization believes workforce development is critical to the success and growth of Metro Detroit. Our participation in Rock for Jobs is way to honor Detroit’s rich musical heritage while tackling a critical issue in our region – unemployment,” said Robert Wooley, Director of Community Relations, Detroit Lions.

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About Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is the only organization in Southeast Michigan solely dedicated to helping local individuals overcome challenges and secure employment. In just the past two years of the organization’s rich history, Goodwill Industries has placed more than 2,400 Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county individuals into new jobs and provided job training, education and placement services to more than 39,000 individuals in the region. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been helping Metro Detroiters become Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work for more than 90 years. For information, visit