Saturday, March 21, 2020 the UCP Pucksters took on the Red Wing Alumni. The Skate Without Limits Charity game, benefits UCP/Detroit, was played at the St. Mary's Arena on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary's. The event began at 4:00 pm with a Sled Hockey exhibition featuring the Grand Rapids Sled Wings and then the Red Wing Alumni-UCP Pucksters game was 6:00 pm. An afterglow pizza party followed immediately.
All proceeds from this charity event will be used to assist people with disabilities and their families. UCP/ Detroit is a local non-profit advocacy organization representing the needs of all people with disabilities and their families in the Metropolitan Detroit and the Tri-County areas. Eighty-Five percent of every dollar raised from UCP special events is used for programs and services that benefit directly the people we serve.
The Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association, which is the oldest such organization in the NHL, now plays around 30 games a year to the benefit of worthy charities. This group uses their status as former NHL players to bring people together for a common goal...to raise spirits and raise money for some wonderful organizations.
The alumni roster includes such names as John Ogrodnick, Jimmy Carson, Dino Ciccarelli, Petr Klima, Darren McCarty, Dave Coulier (of TV's Full House), Jason Woolley, Todd Bertuzzi, Joe Kocur, Brent Fedyk, Pat Peake, Red Berenson and fan favorite, Mickey Redmond.
Together we have raised nearly $500,000 over the past 19 years for the disability community.
Ali McManus sang the National Anthem at 2019 event!
UCP/Detroit was honored to have Ali McManus (who received a UCP Life Without Limits Award in 2018) singing the anthem for 2019.
When you hear Ali McManus’s dynamic vocals, you’d be surprised to know her lung capacity is only 30%. Born 3 months premature and weighing 2lbs 7oz at birth, she was given a 50/50 chance to live. Now 22 years old, the Detroit born singer/songwriter has beaten the odds. A rare bone disorder has left Ali in a wheelchair since the age of 7.
But Ali’s story is one of compelling talent and an indomitable spirit. Legendary producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper) produced Ali’s debut album. “I see her as an artist first. Her pure, authentic voice and magnetic personality light up the room,” he says. “She’s a natural — a true artist with old soul sensibility and a powerful message to share with the world.”
While Ali has endured 11 surgeries, halo tractions, steel rods to fuse and straighten her spine, a full body cast, and more, she tells us, “I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair. I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day.”
Ali’s potent musical talent and personal story inspired rock star Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) to join Ali in her exuberant new music video, “Roll This Way,” her personal tribute to “Walk This Way.” “Roll This Way” is an anthem for embracing what makes us different, inspiring people of all backgrounds to live life without limits.
A generous artist who believes in giving back, Ali donates her time and talent to perform for children and charitable organizations. She’s honored to be a performer and Youth Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund, the T.J. Martell Foundation, Janie’s Fund, and more.
WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?
Cerebral palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though cerebral palsy can be defined, having cerebral palsy does not define the person that has the condition.
WHAT DOES UCP/DETROIT DO?
UCP/Detroit provides information and referral services, employment program (Work Incentive Planning Assistance), individual and family support services (Person Centered Advocacy), community inclusion and independent living supports and community education. More than 65% of the people served by UCP/Detroit have a disability other than cerebral palsy. These include spinal cord injuries, visual disabilities, learning disabilities and other disabilities that affect daily living.
WHO SUPPORTS OUR PROGRAMS?
UCP/Detroit is one of over 110 local non-profit organizations that receives funds from United Way Community Services. Additional funds are raised through various fundraising activities, special events, bequests and memorials, and private donations.
UCP/Detroit is also consistently recognized as one of the most efficient charitable organizations in the United States by several publications, including The Chronicle of Philanthropy. More than 85 cents of every dollar raised is used to provide programs and services for people with disabilities.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can contribute directly to UCP/Detroit, or participate in our fundraising events. Volunteers are always needed to assist us with various projects and special events that are conducted throughout each year. For more information about UCP/Detroit, call 248-557-5070 or 800-827-4843.