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Mike Ilitch built a powerhouse of philanthropy

Mike Ilitch built a powerhouse of philanthropyā€¯

Ilitch died last week at 87 and is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, seven children, 22 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

After reading the story in a local paper, the pizza tycoon offered to pay Parks's rent at Riverfront Towers for the rest of her life. In turn, Taubman promised to find the best home possible. Ilitch read the story and called Keith, offering to pay Parks' housing indefinitely, WXYZ reported.

Ilitch cut a check for Parks' apartment every month from 1994 to her death in 2005. Parks, an Alabama native, had moved to the MI city shortly after the Montgomery bus boycott inspired by her decision not to give up her seat while using public transportation on December 1, 1955.

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Little Caesar's started as just a job in high school for Brent Armstrong, who describes his younger self as "just a Detroit City kid, eastside". And thanks to Little Caesars' continued success and loyal customers, Ilitch was able to do so.

"My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family", said Christopher Ilitch.

And as the people fell in love with the business, Ilitch-a former Detroit Tigers farm team shortstop-made it his mission to give back to his community.

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"He had his fingers in almost everything in Detroit", she said.

"My father was a kind-hearted family man, a big-idea business man, a hands-on leader, and a devoted philanthropist who created opportunity and pride for everyone around him", Chris Ilitch said in a release. Meanwhile, no one is paying tribute to the tens of thousands of workers who must labor at poverty level wages to coin the profits on which the Ilitch fortune is based. What most of us didn't know is that he was particularly fond of late Civil Rights activist and icon Rosa Parks.

"You felt right away that this is a special place and how they take care of their players and fans", he said.

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"I think that our owners always play very hard for ownership, they have an affinity for ownership, they know was special owners we have and certainly that is magnified tonight", he said.



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