Local Sophomores Raise Funds For Nonprofit Heart 2 Hart Detroit

Emma Sable and Bree Gross

Emma Sable and Bree Gross

November 8, 2016
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Two Cranbrook Kingswood sophomores are determined to make a difference for people in need this Thanksgiving. They’re not doing it for credit or to meet some volunteer requirements for school. They simply have big hearts and want to change the world one small act of kindness at a time.

Bree Gross, 15, of Franklin, did a dance-a-thon to raise money for Heart 2 Hart Detroit for her bat mitzvah project. The charity remains close to her heart.

Heart 2 Hart Detroit is a small nonprofit that goes out into the streets of Detroit and hands out life-sustaining items to hundreds of homeless Detroiters. The nonprofit also connects homeless people to community service organizations, rehab facilities, estranged family members and even potential employers.

Bree told her friend Emma Sable, 15, of Bloomfield Hills about the charity’s work. Bree and Emma then took on the commitment to provide warm coats, socks and food gift cards for the many homeless people in Detroit to brighten their Thanksgiving.

“Once I heard about Heart 2 Hart Detroit and how they come to the city to feed the homeless, I knew right away that I wanted to get involved and help because these people deserve a second chance. I am just so happy to help support this great cause,” Bree said.

By enlisting their families and friends’ support through social media and a Crowdrise campaign, Bree and Emma are on the way to reaching their goal of raising $10,000 to purchase 100 winter coats, 100 pairs of socks and 100 $10 gift cards.

“Being homeless isn’t a choice and many unsuspecting people find themselves on the streets,” the girls wrote on their Crowdrise page. “They are moms and dads, brothers and sisters and grandmas and grandpas. They are people like us, but somewhere along the way they encountered terribly bad luck.”

With two weeks to go, the girls have raised nearly $9,000. They plan to raise funds annually to “remind all of us at Thanksgiving of all that we have to be thankful for,” Bree said.

On Nov. 21, the girls will go to Hart Plaza with other Heart 2 Hart volunteers and pass out the coats, socks and food gift cards. Also joining them will be Chef Zack Sklar and his staff from Peas and Carrots Hospitality Group, who will be passing out hot soup, lunches and toiletry kits.

To donate to the cause, visit www.crowdrise.com/raise-money-to-help-the-homeless-in-detroit/fundraiser/Emmabree.

Heart 2 Hart Event Raises $30,000 For Outreach To Detroit’s Needy

October 27, 2016
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Peas & Carrots Hospitality recently hosted the fourth annual fundraiser for Heart 2 Hart Detroit, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide food, clothing, hygiene products and hope to Detroit’s homeless and needy population. Nearly 200 supporters attended the event at Au Cochon, the company’s French-inspired eatery in Birmingham, where more than $30,000 was raised. In addition to a large silent auction, guests had the opportunity to hear the success stories of those who have been supported over the years by Heart 2 Hart. This included individuals who are now back on their feet because of the Farmington Hills-based nonprofit’s generosity. Guests enjoyed entertainment provided by Dan Tillery and cuisine by Peas & Carrots Hospitality, led by owners Zack Sklar, Josh Humphrey and Jim Bellinson.


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Peas & Carrots Hospitality’s Launches Project Have a Heart


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Lauren Herrin


Two-week campaign to benefit Heart 2 Hart Detroit

HaveaHeartBloomfield Hills, Mich., Jan. XX, 2016 – Peas & Carrots Hospitality, which owns and operates six dining concepts in Michigan and Illinois, will host Project Have a Heart at its five metropolitan Detroit restaurants: Social Kitchen & Bar, Arthur Avenue and Au Cochon in Birmingham, Mich., and Beau’s Grillery and MEX in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Benefiting Heart 2 Hart Detroit, the campaign will run from Monday, Feb. 1 through Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

The company’s philanthropic partner for 2016, Heart 2 Hart Detroit (www.h2hd.org) goes into the streets of Detroit to distribute life-sustaining items, including food and toiletries, to the city’s homeless. In addition, volunteers connect those in need with community service organizations, estranged family members and potential employers.

The public can participate in Project Have a Heart in any of the following ways:

First, during the two week period, boxes will be set up at each restaurant where guests can donate the following new items on the organization’s wish list: men’s or women’s new socks in black or white; men’s boxer brief underwear in medium or large; men’s white t-shirts in large or extra large; women’s underwear sizes six, seven or eight; packs of Wet Wipes or a similar product in 20-30 count; men’s or women’s deodorant; razors; and fiber bars or Clif Bars.

Second, the restaurants will be collecting monetary contributions in the form of cash or check made out to Heart 2 Hart Detroit. These gifts will be matched with a Peas & Carrots Hospitality gift card valued at 50 percent of the donation, up to $50.

Finally, on Monday, Feb. 8, a portion of each restaurant’s proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit.

“We hope Project Have a Heart makes an impact on the quality of life of those undergoing struggles in our own backyard,” said Zack Sklar, owner of Peas & Carrots Hospitality. “Our staff has had the opportunity to go out each week with Heart 2 Hart Detroit to distribute soup to those in need and it has been a life changing experience for all of us. We are pleased to have the opportunity to make more people aware of this wonderful organization.”

Adds Larry Oleinick, founder and president of Heart 2 Hart Detroit, “We thank Peas & Carrots Hospitality for helping us warm the hearts of those we assist. Our team is overjoyed by their ongoing involvement with us and are touched that they are launching Project Have a Heart on our behalf.”


Participating restaurants:

Arthur Avenue (www.arthurave.com)
Approachable, classic Italian cuisine
260 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham
Dinner: 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday

Au Cochon (www.aucochon.com)
Updated classic French cuisine
260 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham
Breakfast and Lunch: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner: 4 p.m. to midnight

Beau’s Grillery (www.beausbloomfield.com)
Updated classic American cuisine
4108 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday; Dinner: 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

MEX (www.mexbloomfield.com)
Innovative, upscale Mexican cuisine
6675 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Dinner: 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Social Kitchen & Bar (www.socialkitchenandbar.com)
Refined comfort food
225 E. Maple Road, Birmingham
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Brunch: 11: a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to close Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday; Cocktail Hour: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


About Peas & Carrots Hospitality

Based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Peas & Carrots Hospitality owns and operates Social Kitchen & Bar, Au Cochon and Arthur Avenue in Birmingham, Mich., MEX and Beau’s Grillery in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Bernie’s Lunch & Supper in Chicago. Led by a team of partners including Zack Sklar, Josh Humphrey and Jim Bellinson, the restaurant group is slated to open Social Kitchen & Bar in Grand Rapids, Mich. this year.


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Akebono Makes Charitable Contribution to Heart 2 Hart Detroit



$1,400 contribution to aid Detroit-area populations with food, clothing and hygienic products

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Nov. 17, 2015 – Akebono Brake Corporation today announced a donation of $1,400 to a local philanthropic organization, Heart 2 Hart Detroit, whose mission is to provide food, clothing, hygienic products and hope to Detroit’s homeless and needy population.

Akebono held its fourth annual Chili Cook-Off for Charity at its engineering center in Farmington Hills, Mich. recently, where associates tasted over 20 varieties of chili and voted for their favorites via a monetary donation. The chili that received the most money for charity was declared the winner, with all proceeds donated to Heart 2 Hart Detroit.

“The donation from Akebono will provide roughly 500 meals and 250 new clothing items for the homeless men and women of Detroit,” said Larry Oleinick, president of Heart 2 Hart Detroit, who attended the event. “We are grateful for Akebono’s generosity that will directly impact the lives of so many who need a helping hand.”

Heart 2 Hart Detroit was founded in 2012 and is based in Farmington Hills, Mich. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, volunteers go out into the streets of Detroit to distribute life-sustaining items to hundreds of homeless Detroiters. They also work to connect people to community service organizations, rehabilitation facilities and potential employers and reconnect family members. For more information about Heart 2 Hart Detroit, visit www.h2hd.org.

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About Akebono Brake Corporation
Akebono Brake Corporation is a leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production, with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis and control. Akebono manufactures a wide range of brake friction materials and foundation brake assemblies, including disc brake calipers and drum brakes. The company’s commitment to innovation, process improvement, quality control and customer service has positioned it as a key resource for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit www.akebonobrakes.com.

About Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE:7238), founded in 1929, is a world leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production. The Akebono Group operates R&D centers and manufacturing facilities worldwide, such as in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia. Akebono has been supplying and jointly developing brake systems with the McLaren Formula 1 team since 2007. For more information, visit www.akebono-brake.com/english/index.html.

Jennifer Carlson
Akebono Brake Corporation
(248) 489-7483






H2HD 2014 Funraiser Event Video

Heart 2 Hart Detroit hosted its annual fundraiser at the Orchard Lake Country Club on August 16, 2014. The event benefited the organization’s mission of providing food, clothing and support to Detroit’s homeless population.