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        5 August 2011

'1-8-7' actress Erin Cummings has city in hand


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While fans won't be seeing her on the now-canceled "Detroit 1-8-7," Erin Cummings still plans to keep her promise to warm Motor City hearts and hands this year. And, she said, plans for her Mittens for Detroit (MFD) charity initiative will be even bigger in 2011.

"One of the things I noticed in Michigan last year is that a lot of times when Hollywood comes to town they take what they want and then leave," Cummings said. "The city and state means so much to us. Just because I'm not living in Michigan and 'Detroit 1-8-7' won't be there filming anymore, it doesn't mean that winters in Michigan are going to get any warmer."

Helping her cause to give new gloves and mittens to metro Detroit children and families in need will be the North Woodward Community Foundation. Through NWCF, Cummings' MFD is now a publicly supported, nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization. That means besides accepting gloves and mittens, MFD can accept monetary donations and then go out and buy goods.

Also new in its second year is a board of directors, including Philip Cooley, owner of Slows BBQ, and Dennis Archer Jr., publisher of Ambassador magazine. Cummings said that with the new board and the support of metro Detroiters, she hopes to double the 10,000 pairs of gloves that were collected last year.

For the latest info on MFD, including news on community events being planned and where the drop boxes will be located, head to mittensfordetroit.org.

Cummings, who is planning to come to town next weekend for the Kid Rock concert and the 2011 Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic, said she has more Motor City-centric news brewing. She and the creative crew from the Farmington Hills-based Scientifically Proven Entertainment are producing "Bitch Slap Code Name: Foxy 69," a downloadable video game based on the character Cummings played in the 2009 film "Bitch Slap."

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