DETROIT -- Musician Kid Rock donated a total of $50,000 Monday to five charities in the Detroit area, fulfilling a promise to support his hometown.
After Detroit Mayor Dave Bing praised Rock's generosity and turned the ceremony over to him, the musician stepped to the podium, looked around and asked: "What am I supposed to do?"
A laughing Bing quickly said: "You can write some more checks if you want to."
"I can do that!" Kid Rock said.
The man born Robert Ritchie announced during the Detroit NAACP branch's annual fundraising dinner on May 1 that his foundation would give $50,000 to city recreation centers, a conservancy on Belle Isle, a youth theater group, a youth training agency and Habitat for Humanity.
Rock officially handed over the money to the organizations Monday afternoon at Bing's office.
One by one, representatives of the groups walked up to Rock, who proudly presented them with envelopes containing the checks.
Asked how the kids at the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit reacted when they heard about Kid Rock's gift, founder and chief executive Rick Sperling, said "they were over the moon."
Rock met recently with Bing and asked how he could help the city. The gifts to the five groups were the result of that meeting.