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Red Wings face off against fire with 11th Annual Smoke Detector Collection presented by Comerica

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Comerica Bank are teaming up to collect new smoke detectors for low-income families and elderly citizens across southeast Michigan as part of the team’s 11th Annual Smoke Detector Collection presented by Comerica. The collection begins Tuesday, Oct. 9, with the start of National Fire Prevention Week, and runs through Friday, Nov. 16.

Comerica customers can drop smoke detectors into specially marked boxes at more than 140 Comerica banking centers and office buildings in southeast Michigan. To find a Comerica Bank location near you, visit

All donated smoke detectors will be distributed through fire departments in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Local fire officials will provide smoke detectors to low-income families as well as elderly and disabled members of the community.

“Fire prevention is a very important cause and we’re pleased to partner with Comerica on this initiative,” said Olympia Entertainment President & CEO Tom Wilson. “The Red Wings organization prides itself on giving back to the community and we’re delighted that this smoke detector collection will help protect disadvantaged Metro Detroit residents.”

“We are proud to join with the Detroit Red Wings in assisting the community with the Face Off Against Fire smoke detector drive,” said Thomas D. Ogden, president, Comerica Bank-Michigan. “We are pleased to expand our participation in the program this year by having collection boxes in all Comerica locations in southeast Michigan. Together with the Red Wings, we hope to make a greater impact in our community.”

The smoke detector collection at Comerica banking centers is in addition to collections at Detroit Red Wings games at Joe Louis Arena. The annual Smoke Detector Collection began in 2001 in memory of former Red Wings player Brendan Shanahan’s father, who was a firefighter. Since the program’s inception, the Red Wings have distributed more than 19,500 smoke detectors to local fire departments and agencies, including 5,065 smoke detectors in 2011.

About Comerica Bank:
Comerica Bank, with 216 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Comerica recently completed a $17 million renovation of its building at 411 W. Lafayette in Detroit, which has been renamed Comerica Bank Center and is now the bank’s Michigan Market headquarters. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To receive e-mail alerts of breaking Comerica news, go to . To find us on Facebook, please visit Follow Comerica on Twitter at @ComericaCares and follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ.

About The Detroit Red Wings:
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit

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