50th Anniversary Legacy Award to be unveiled at anniversary summit Saturday; Michael Jai White to keynote

The Skillman Foundation will announce details of a major new initiative to recognize and reward 50 promising Detroit youth -- and assist them with college tuition -- at the Foundation's Kids Matter Here Summit II at Ford Field on Saturday.

"We're celebrating 50 years of being a voice for Detroit children," said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. "We wanted to do something significant for 50 of the area's most promising high school students, and help them with the costs of attending college. We're excited to announce the program Saturday."

The 50th-anniversary-themed event will honor the legacy of founder Rose Skillman, who created the Foundation in December 1960 in response to her concerns about vulnerable children.

Brooklyn, New York-born actor and martial artist Michael Jai White ("Tyson," "Spawn," "City of Industry," "Why Did I Get Married?") will serve as keynote speaker. Also, eclectic singer-songwriter Monica Blaire will perform.

The summit will include updates on the Foundation's Good Neighborhoods program, and will feature reports from each of the Foundation's six targeted neighborhoods: Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, Northend Central Woodward, Osborn and Southwest Detroit. The Good Schools program will also be featured, and will include a celebration of the 245 schools involved in the Foundation's Making the Grade Initiative. The family-friendly event will include food, carnival games, rides, music and giveaways.

A resources fair will provide families with information on excellent schools and preparing children for college, health care and mortgage foreclosure prevention.

Participants will also have access to free parking and free childcare.

Admission is free. Contact The Skillman Foundation at 313.393.1185 or www.skillman.org for more information.

After the event, the Foundation will post video highlights on its website, Facebook and YouTube.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit , most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods –Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.