The Annex

We’ve Grown!

Join Matthew and Kelly Stafford in building more opportunity for Detroit youth

As part of their ongoing commitment to the SAY Detroit Play Center, the Staffords pledged $1 million to launch efforts to build a new annex on the grounds of Lipke Park. They were later joined by a matching gift from the A.A. Van Elslander Foundation and most recently, the Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation has pledged an additional $1 million.

Construction on the 15,000-square-foot expansion is complete! Named The Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center,  the annex includes classrooms, learning labs and a “black box” theater. It allows SAY Detroit to expand its services and house a growing and diverse range of programming, including vocational and technical training for adults.

The grand opening was held April 1, 2024.

Watch it unfold

Interest in major gifts should be directed to Richard Kelley, executive director of SAY Detroit, here.