Detroit Pistons and Allstate Collect A Record-High 15,000 Winter Items

Hats, mittens and coats donated to children in need through Orchards Children’s Services

AUBURN HILLS, Feb. 10, 2012 - Despite economic challenges across Metro Detroit, The Detroit Pistons and Allstate’s “Good Hands, Warm Hands” Mitten Drive collected more than 15,000 winter items for Orchards Children’s Services with donations from Pistons fans and Michigan schools. Orchards Children’s Services will distribute the donated winter gear to hundreds of families statewide.

On Friday, Feb 10, before the Pistons vs. New Jersey Nets game at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Allstate Insurance Company Field Senior Vice President Tom Clarkson and Orchards Children’s Services CEO Michael Williams will present a $2,500 grant check to Detroit Edison Public School Academy for collecting the most items of the top 10 participating schools

“On behalf of Allstate, I want to congratulate the students at Detroit Edison Public School Academy and all of the participating schools for a record-setting winter clothing collection for Orchards Children’s Services,” said Clarkson. “We’re so pleased to see Metro Detroiters give generously to support Michigan families in need.”

From Dec. 28 to Jan. 27, fans were encouraged to bring mittens, hats, scarves and other winter accessories to Pistons home games at The Palace. In addition, fans could purchase Pistons/Allstate-branded gloves for $5 with the proceeds going to purchase additional winter gear.

The LEAGUE Michigan, a non-profit dedicated to incorporating philanthropy in schools, encouraged schools across Michigan to host mitten drives at their schools to donate to Orchards Children’s Services. More than 250 classrooms in 48 schools and in-arena efforts at Pistons games provided more than 15,000 mittens and other winter gear for the drive. The top three schools received Pistons tickets and grants from Allstate to be used for educational purposes.

The 2011-2012 Pistons and Allstate “Good Hands, Warm Hands” Mitten Drive marked the most successful collection since its inception nine years ago.