Mike Ilitch, Little Caesar’s founder and owner of the Detroit Tigers died a week ago, and he certainly enjoyed a life well lived.
While I can’t claim to be a fan of the man’s pizza, I admire anyone with the entrepreneurial success of his. Not only was he a great entrepreneur, he was a charitable man. However, we didn’t find this out until after he died, because he wasn’t doing it to boost his public image.
As Detroit marks the loss of the pizza magnate, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has shared the story of how Ilitch paid Rosa Parks’ rent for over a decade.
“It will give you a sense of the kind of man Mike Ilitch was,” Calley wrote on Saturday morning along with a link to the MLive story.
According to Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Ilitch took over on paying Parks’ rent in 1994 when he heard that there were some concerns over her welfare and safety when she became the victim of assault and robbery. He continued to pay her rent up until she died in 2005.
What a guy! Share this and spread the word about the good charity of his life!