If you attended the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival over the Labor Day weekend, you probably helped contribute to $360,820 raised for local charities.
The money collected from the Arts du Jour charity event, gate admission, beverage proceeds and other fundraising initiatives will benefit about 75 nonprofit and community organizations including Autism Alliance, American Red Cross, Forgotten Harvest, Aids Walk Detroit, Planned Parenthood, Michigan Humane Society, local churches and many others.
An Arts, Beats & Eats food drive hosted by FirstMerit Bank provided 2,635 meals for local families via Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
The news was announced Thursday at Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak, where a new children's play structure was built from the 2013 festival's parking revenue.
Arts, Beats and Eats producer Jon Witz says parking earnings from this year's event will go toward a new play structure at a local park, with details to be determined.
"It's just another positive outcome of the festival," Witz said.