Is Kid Rock Detroit’s Biggest Celebrity Humanitarian?
It might be hard for some to realize that Kid Rock’s breakthrough album, Devil Without a Cause, is officially fifteen years old (it was released in August of 1998). In that time, the man born Robert Richie in Macomb, Michigan has evolved from the braid-wearing rebel of “Bawitdaba” to the grizzled urban cowboy featured in songs like “Picture This” and “All Summer Long.”
Rock has also become of the most ardent supporters of American troops as well as his hometown of Detroit, most recently demonstrated this month when he both helped present a new, fully furnished house for injured Macomb County, MI, Afghanistan war veteran Sgt. Davin Dumar, who lost the lower half of his right leg in combat. This personal thank-you to Dumar came just days after Rock ponied up $250,000 to the Detroit Historical Museum to create an interactive music lab detailing 100 years of local music history.
According to the Detroit News, Rock joined Dan Wallrath, the founder of nonprofit organization Operation Finally Home, and representatives of the Pulte Group to surprise Dumar and his wife when they were shown a model version of their new home with which was custom designed especially for the couple. The home will be completed by early next year.
“We are all grateful for your service to our country,” Rock told Dumar, breaking out cigars to celebrate the occasion.
Earlier this month, Kid Rock’s $250,000 donation to the Detroit Historical Museum was announced. The donation came through the nonprofit Kid Rock Foundation, pushing the museum’s “Past=Forward” campaign to $14.7 million. The interactive Kid Rock Music Lab is scheduled for public debut when the museum reopens with the renovations on November 23, the day after Thanksgiving.
“The gift, Kid Rock’s largest single donation, really speaks to his commitment and love of the city,” said Detroit Historical Society executive director Bob Bury to the Detroit News. “He obviously shares our optimism, and the optimism many hold for Detroit’s future.”
Kid Rock has yet to comment on the donation, which his publicist Nick Stern telling the Detroit News, “Rock’s going to keep quiet on this one and let the donation do the talking.”
Next up for Kid Rock is a new anthem he’s recording for his hometown NFL team, the Detroit Lions, in conjunction with Pepsi Cola.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local