Kirk Gibson's challenge helps Angels' Place break ground on 21st home

Kirk Gibson helps Angels' Place
Posted at 8:16 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 20:16:42-04

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Kirk Gibson stood on a stage in Dearborn in 2018, challenging people to support Angels' Place.

The moments that unfolded after he issued his bold statement to help the non-profit, which services people with developmental disabilities, were astounding.

That night, Gibson helped Angels' Place raise a foundation-record $175,000 at its annual dinner. Two years later, that money helped the non-profit break ground on its 21st home.

"We hit a home run that night, and hopefully we get to hit many more home runs," Gibson said at the Bloomfield Hills groundbreaking. "We are honored that you found us."

Gibson and his wife, JoAnn, said they felt connected to Angels' Place.

"Our daughter is parenting an autistic child. It's really funny how it all comes together," the Tigers legend said.

The house will be the home for four men, including Steve Kistler, whose family donated the land.

"We'll be here for you guys and do whatever we can," Gibson added.

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