Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels doesn’t shy away from the “how’s” or “why’s” behind holding the Jamie Daniels Foundation’s “Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman” (8 PM EDT Wednesday on Fox Sports Detroit) in a conversation with the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
There is also a silent auction that people can also go to at JamieDanielsFoundation.org to make a donation or bid on a variety of auction items until noon Thursday.
The importance of generating funds for the foundation is needed more than ever, given the pandemic. Daniels said Michigan’s death rate from opioids is up 27% this year, and nationally, 185 people are dying every day from opioids.
“For those struggling with substance-use disorder, COVID exacerbates the issue, dealing with the isolation,” Daniels said.
There are long-term goals Ken Daniels wants to achieve through the foundation that he is intent on accomplishing. More college recovery program is one goal, Daniels said, noting there is now a Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship to help kids in recovery at Michigan State.
“It could be alcohol, it could be drugs, it could be anything, but we need to be in more college campuses; that’s one of our goals,” Daniels said. “Along with the education and to get the funding, we’re going to contribute or share from the foundation, for an 80-unit long-term safe recovery house for people who come out of detox and need a safe place to live and to get into the job force.
“More often than not, people who come out of detox go back home with their parents, like our son did with us, and there’s just a mistrust there. The more we can keep this front and center, the more we can get the word out, and people will have a safe place to live.”