DETROIT – Celebrating the long and rich history of Detroit – a city since 1701 – state Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) will be celebrating the city’s 314th birthday by hosting her first annual birthday bash community cleanup, Friday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Crowell Community Center and Hope Park, 16630 Lasher Road in Detroit. A city that is older than the country she belongs to deserves a little sprucing up! Rep. Gay-Dagnogo’s office, along with volunteers, will be boarding up houses, mowing lawns and cleaning up a few abandoned properties to help contribute to the city’s rich legacy. Moreover, continental breakfast will be provided to volunteers and lunch will be served to all in attendance. The event will feature morning Motown Zumba and activities for seniors. As a community, the ground work will be laid so that the city is here, strong and robust for another 314 years. 

“Everything we do as citizens should reflect and strengthen our city’s pride,” said Gay-Dagnogo. “This is not just a celebration of a landmark, but the embodiment of our city’s resilience, historical presence on the global stage and an embodiment of our motto, ‘Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus,’ Latin for ‘We hope for better days; it shall rise from the ashes.’  Gay-Dagnogo proclaims, “We gave the world its soundtrack; we are Motown! We are the Motor City!”


WHO:            State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit)


WHERE:        Crowell Community Center and Hope Park

                     16630 Lahser Road

                      Detroit, MI 48219


WHEN:           Friday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.