Category: Blog

Best Wishes to Jodee Raines in New Career
February 17, 2021February 17, 2021
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Best Wishes to Jodee Raines in New Career

Jodee Raines, executive vice president of Programs and Erb Family Foundation board secretary and officer, notified us that February 18 will be her last day with the Foundation. She was recruited to an exciting new position aligned closely with her interests and personal mission which will be announced soon. Jodee’s achievements as VP of Programs...

Melissa Damaschke Named Vice President of Programs
February 16, 2021February 17, 2021
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Melissa Damaschke Named Vice President of Programs

Melissa Damaschke has been named the vice president of Programs for the Erb Family Foundation. She will also have the additional title of senior program officer, Great Lakes. Former VP of Programs, Jodee Raines, is taking on a new career adventure at a Detroit-based organization which will be announced soon. Melissa has been a program officer...

June 19, 2019June 19, 2019
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June 2019 Grants

We are pleased to share the news of $3.8 million in new and continuing grants approved at our June board meeting. Six grants totaling nearly $500,000 will continue Detroit’s strong jazz tradition by educating the next generation of jazz musicians. The funding will: Continue intensive jazz education programming at the Carr Center, Detroit Jazz Festival,Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and MSU...

Great Lakes Watersheds Map
June 5, 2019March 12, 2021
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Great Lakes Watersheds Map

We like to say that everyone lives on waterfront property. This is because everything people do on their land – no matter if it’s located on a river or lake or not – ends up in one of the Great Lakes. To illustrate this, we worked with The Nature Conservancy to create a new map...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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United Community Housing Coalition

There have been 135,000 tax foreclosures in Detroit since 2009, and more than 50,000 occupied homes are stuck in chronic tax delinquency. Michelle Daine Bell was one of those homeowners.  In 2018, United Community Housing Coalition worked with nearly 5,000 households to resolve tax and mortgage foreclosures, allowing Detroiters like Michelle to buy their homes...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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Trunino Lowe

Trunino Lowe is a young trumpet player from Detroit’s east side. A junior at Wayne State University studying jazz performance, Trunino began playing trumpet in the sixth grade through a program at the Carr Center. Throughout his high school years, Trunino joined youth jazz ensembles at Michigan State University’s Community Music School: Detroit and the Detroit...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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Community HeART Highland Park

A native Detroiter and renowned jazz bassist, Marion Hayden lives in Highland Park with her husband, artist M. Saffell Gardner. Together, the couple served as review panelists for the inaugural Community heART Highland Park program (CAHP). From June to August 2018, the $50,000 regrant program funded murals, community art trails, outdoor art festivals, and arts...