Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) brought karaoke to the airport for a few days – and raised more than $2,500 in the process. .
From Dec. 20 to 23, travelers and employees who went through the McNamara Terminal were able to participate in the “Sing Because You Care” fundraiser. They took the stage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to show off their vocal talents for a fee of $5 per song, all of which went directly to the Wayne-Westland Corps of The Salvation Army.
“Delta believes when a community supports you, you return that support,” says Andy Zarras, Delta’s vice president of airport customer service for Detroit. “Delta is proud to be Metro Detroit’s new hometown airline, and this holiday season, we want to be sure all of our travelers passing through DTW have an opportunity to see, hear and feel the spirit of our local Detroit community.”
Lester Robinson, CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority, says the “program came to be by the initiative of local Delta and Airport Authority employees who got together on their own to conceive of and champion an event to benefit both our customers and community. As a lifelong Detroiter, I can’t think of a better manifestation of Metro Detroit’s incredible community spirit than this effort, and the airport authority is proud to support it.”
The emcees for the event were karaoke DJs Nico Fuentes and Louie Rodriguez, both of whom are Detroit-based Delta employees. An estimated 700 people participated, and the grand total raised was $2,655.25.