• Detroit House Music Festival Organizers deliver backpacks to kids getting organ transplants.

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    The efforts of internationally acclaimed Detroit House and Techno Music Innovators Derrick May (Transmat) and Mad Mike (UR) pay off. Media get a sneak peek at preview party this Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ Centaur Bar 2233 Park Ave Detroit, MI 5:30p-11p

    Detroit – House music producer/innovator John Collins and Backpacking for Success event founder Judy Shelton recently delivered 100 backpacks for kids attending  camp Michitanki sponsored by the University of Michigan Transplant Center. The backpacks will be used for children who have to carry around lifesaving medical equipment during their recovery from surgery.

    The donation is part of the 7th SCP/UR Backpack Music Festival Fundraiser August 4-5 in Detroit. This event raises thousands of dollars, backpacks and school supplies to benefit local school children. The festival is organized locally with internationally acclaimed techno music founder Derrick May, (Transmat) and Detroit House Music innovator Mad Mike, (UR).

       “When kids are going through a lifesaving organ transplant the last thing they need is to worry about having a way to carry around their medical supplies and equipment,” said Derrick May. “I am happy our collective effort to help children is paying off in more ways than one.”

    The annual festival is celebrating its seventh year.  Nearly $30,000 in money and backpacks filled with school supplies have gone to about 1,500 students since it’s inception. Organizers hope to meet or exceed the seven year total in 2012. This was the first time that backpacks were delivered to children in the transplant center.

       “These are brave children who face their situations with a positive outlook on life,” said festival founder Judy Shelton. “We are honored to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives during these challenging times. This effort would not be possible without the support of so many music innovators and fans from around the world. Detroit’s talent runs deep. So do their hearts.”

    Thousands of people are expected to attend the August weekend event. The festival draws a diverse group of people from across southeast Michigan. The music festival began as a picnic on Belle Isle and has evolved into a large festival and art exhibit.

    The two-day music festival will feature two performance stages and a Visionaries Art Exhibit. This year’s guests include some of Detroit’s best electronic, techno, house, funk, hip hop DJs, musical and visual artists.

    Music is the common thread connecting art, education, and technology. The SCP Backpack Music Festival is expanding its scope to include a highly anticipated art exhibit featuring the works of some of the founders and innovators of Detroit electronic music such as Jeff Mills. There is also artwork from an a Center for Creative Studies Student Art Competition.

    The festival will also release a limited edition compilation CD of music donated by some of Detroit’s most recognized Techno DJs. The winning art from the CCS Student Art Competition will be featured on the CD cover and booklet insert.

       The SCP-Backpacking For Success is actively recruiting volunteers for promotions and event crew, as well as students to participate in the Backpacking for Success Summer Internship program. The internship program offers college credits, community service hours, and letters of recommendation! All interested in joining the team as a volunteer are asked to request a Volunteer Application from Jacqueline Lewis at alleyesonyou@yahoo.com. Students interested in internships are asked to request an Internship Application from Amber Krumm at electroness@gmail.com.

    About Serendipity, Collage and Potpourri (SCP) of Michigan:

    SCP of Michigan is a tax exempt 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2004. SCP of Michigan is committed to assisting students in need by providing them with backpacks and school supplies to motivate them to achieve a successful school year. SCP Michigan is a proud supporter of Bennett Elementary, Bagley Elementary, Blackwell Elementary, Maybury Elementary, Nolan Preparatory School of Excellence, Denby Center, Homes For Black Children, Evergreen/Lahser -7 mile & 8 mile Community Council, COTS- Peggy’s Place Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Rhonda Walker Foundation, Homes for Black Children-Foster Care and Michigan Transplant Kids – Camp Michitanki. For more information, visit SCPMichigan.org.

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