(Editor’s note: We earlier reported that Detroit Auto Works was being foreclosed on. We’ve just learned from the bank that it’s actually in receivership, which is different than foreclosure. Neither the bank nor Detoroit Auto Works have any control over whether the fireworks stand would be allowed to operate. The story below has been updated to reflect that.)
It was supposed to be their largest fundraiser of the year. But just two days before volunteers with Northside Youth Program planned to open a fireworks stand, they found out that they won’t be able to do it.
Detroit Auto Works on Highway 99 and 212th Street SW, where the group planned to set up, went into receivership on Wednesday. That’s a form of bankruptcy in which a company can avoid liquidation by reorganizing with the help of a third party.
“We will not be allowed to operate our site. We are extremely devastated by this news,” said DarNesha Weary, executive director of the non-profit group.
Northside Youth Program, which offers a drill team and drum squad for at-risk and underprivileged children, had hoped to earn $10,000 by selling fireworks.
“This was our main fundraiser of the year. Funds would provide scholarships for homeless and low income participants,” Weary said.
They are now scrambling to find another location.
If you’d like to donate to help make up some of the lost earnings, contributions are being accepted at any Chase bank branch.
We were unable to reach the owners of Detroit Auto Works for comment.