Quotes from participating companies in Detroit donation

Published On: Mar 25 2013 11:11:14 AM EDT

Quote from Dan Loepp – President & CEO BCBSM 

“As a Detroit-based employer, we want everyone to see Detroit for what it truly is – a place where all people can live, work and play. Public health and safety services are vital to this vision for the city,” said Daniel J. Loepp, president & CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  “As Detroit proceeds through this period of transformation, this is our opportunity as Detroit employers to contribute substantively to improve and maintain health and safety services for the city, its neighborhoods, residents and visitors.”

Quote from Joe Hinichs – Ford President of the Americas

“Ford is proud to support the people of Detroit,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas.  “During these unprecedented times, it is good to see the community start pulling together, concentrating on the city’s most important needs and working together to find solutions that will help the people who live and work here.”

Quote from Sandy Pierce – Vice Chairman FirstMerit Corporation

“FirstMerit is pleased to be the financial partner in this exciting, collaborative project that will help bring much needed services to the citizens of Detroit. FirstMerit is proud of its long history of supporting communities in the markets we serve and look forward to continuing that support in the great state of Michigan.”

Quote from Mark Reuss – President GM North America

"General Motors is proud to contribute to such a noble civic effort, which is a tribute to the leadership of Mayor Dave Bing, and Roger Penske," said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. "Helping with this vehicle project is obviously a natural fit for us, one we think will have direct and immediate benefits for the whole city of Detroit and everyone who lives, works and visits here, including our own employees."

Quote from Rip Rapson – President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation

“These new vehicles will help the city improve the quality of life for everyone in Detroit,” said Rip Rapson, President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. “We know that emergency services are critical to strong neighborhoods, to Detroit parents and schools, to the entrepreneurs who provide so much energy across the city, to the nonprofit organizations that are the backbone of a strong city, to all community partners helping to create long-term economic opportunity in Detroit. We’re pleased to support this effort.”

Quote from Platinum Equity, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Tom and Holly Gores

 Mr. Gores, the Platinum CEO whose investments include PS&E and numerous other businesses in Michigan, called the initiative a rallying point for the community.
"Having grown up in Michigan, I've always felt a special connection to the City of Detroit. Our companies are part of the fabric of this community, and it's nice to be involved in a cause that will improve the quality of life for all Detroiters. I am especially excited about the leadership group heading this initiative, and I look forward to its success."

Quote from Roger Penske – Chairman of Penske Corporation and Vice Chairman DDP

“This is a great day for the City of Detroit,” said Penske Corporation Chairman and Downtown Detroit Partnership Vice Chairman Roger Penske.  “Through the extraordinary efforts of local business leaders and the Downtown Detroit Partnership, we are pleased to help Mayor Bing and the Police and Fire Departments bring new police cruisers and EMS units to the streets of Detroit.    These vehicles will enhance the visibility of the Police and Fire efforts in the city and improve the safety and security of our neighborhoods.“

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