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The sixth annual Mitch Albom/S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon was an overwhelming success on Thursday in the Grand Court of the Somerset Collection mall in Troy.

A Radiothon record of more than $1,261,000 was raised during the 15-hour event, which included guest radio appearances and phone interviews with some of Detroit’s most recognizable celebrities. The goal was to raise $1 million.

“This was by far the most stunning and satisfying of our six radiothons,” Albom said. “There were so many incredible moments … and the best part is every dollar will go toward helping the people of Detroit.”

The program, hosted by Albom and radio partner Ken Brown, ran from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on WJR-AM (760) and was livestreamed across the area and to various parts of the world.

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People sit in to listen to the Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon benefitting area charities on Thursday, December 7th in the North Grand Court of the Somerset Collection in Troy. (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)

Pistons owner Tom Gores challenged listeners to raise $150,000 during the 6 o’clock hour, then matched the total after the goal was reached. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford left behind a $25,000 check and signed numerous items for auction, and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy took out his checkbook and wrote a $10,000 check on the spot.

Three homes also were given to families through S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families program. Albom founded S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit in 2006.

“There were so many people who donated — too many to name,” Albom said. “It shows their belief in what we do with S.A.Y. Detroit, but more than anything, it shows their belief in Detroit.

“And it wasn’t just athletes or celebrities. It was real people of Detroit (who donated).”

The Radiothon is over, but contributions still can be made at mitchalbomradiothon.com. Every dollar raised goes to one of S.A.Y Detroit’s nine charities or affiliated charities in Detroit that it supports.