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“charity begins at home” fundraiser to benefit

family members of the military

Best Western Sterling Inn to host fundraising event


Sterling Heights, MI., APRIL 4, 2003 ¾ The front lines of the war are far-reaching, extending thousands of miles to the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Sterling Heights residents with family members in the military serving in Iraq are impacted emotionally as well as financially. Recognizing the need to support their neighbors, the Best Western Sterling Inn, in conjunction with the City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Community Foundation are launching a fundraiser, “Charity Begins at Home.” A press conference will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at 10 a.m., at the Best Western Sterling Inn.


“Charity Begins at Home” will run from April 9 to April 25, 2003. All donations for “Charity Begins at Home” will be distributed to families of reservists serving out of Selfridge Air National Guard who have been called up for active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Donations will be accepted 24 hours a day at the front desk of the Best Western Sterling Inn, located at 34911 Van Dyke Ave. at 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Check donations may be made payable to the Sterling Heights Community Foundation. Cash donations also will be accepted. All donations to “Charity Begins at Home” are tax deductible.


“The purpose of this effort is that we are looking to raise funds to alleviate hardship on the home front,” says Victor Martin, General Manager, Best Western Sterling Inn. “We hope that this fundraising event can be used as a model by other cities nationwide to help their own neighbors.” Martin, who is spearheading this fundraising initiative, will donate the first check in the amount of $1,000 to “Charity Begins at Home.”


“Charity Begins at Home” also has the full support of the City of Sterling Heights. “We are trying to do whatever we can to provide security at home for those who are providing hometown security for us,” said Richard Notte, Mayor of Sterling Heights.




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Metropolitan Detroiters are invited to make donations in support of these military families and can obtain more information on the “Charity Begins at Home” fundraiser by calling the City of Sterling Heights Community Relations Office at (586) 446-2489.



Press Conference Details


Who:             s    Best Western Sterling Inn General Manger Victor Martin

s    Sterling Heights City Manager Steve Duchane

s    City of Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte

s    Members of Sterling Heights City Council

s    Pam Harris, Family Support, Selfridge Air National Guard Base

s    Representatives of the Sterling Heights Community Foundation

                        All of the above individuals will be available for interviews and photographs immediately following the press conference


When:           Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at 10:00 a.m.


Where:        Isle Royal Room

Best Western Sterling Inn

34911 Van Dyke Ave. at 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights




The Best Western Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center located at the southwest corner of Van Dyke and 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights is a luxurious 250 room full service hotel, banquet and conference center offering many amenities including a 22,769 sq. ft. indoor water park.  The indoor water park features a 5,000 sq. ft. zero entry swimming pool with a three-story water slide, lazy river, full-time lifeguards, indoor running track, basketball court, state-of-the-art fitness center, video game arcade, two large whirlpools, locker rooms with men’s and women’s saunas, and a poolside snack bar with full bar service.  The property also features dining at the award-winning Loon River Café and a 15,000 sq. ft. ballroom accommodating up to 1,400 guests.  For more information call (586) 979-1400 or visit