One year after a tragic house fire claimed the young life of Matthew Marroki-Yaldo, family and friends of the teen worked together to help his legacy carry on. “Matthew’s Masterpieces Charity Art Exhibit”, held at Troy Community Center on April 28th & 29th, did just that.
Matthew Marroki-Yaldo was a Sterling Heights teenager who was driven by his many passions, the main of which being art and charity. Described by his loved ones as altruistic to the core, it became clear soon after his tragic loss that the best way to carry on his legacy would be to go forward and do what Matthew would want to be done: make the world a better place. It soon also became clear that the best way to do just that would be to use Matthew’s other passion, art, to raise funds for a great cause. This cause was an easy one for those who knew Matthew the best: Freedom House Detroit. An organization that gathers supplies and provides shelter for asylum seekers from around the world, this great charity was not only a favorite of Matthew’s, but also the last organization that he had worked to raise supplies and funds for.
The art exhibit was a huge success, as hundreds of people came to view Matthew’s art, raising over $15,500 for Freedom House Detroit. The great success of this event would not have been possible without the many community sponsors that joined together to help this special cause, including Midwest Mobility Solutions. As a “Frida Kahlo Sponsor”, MMS’s generous donation helped in the quest to keep Matthew’s beautiful legacy in full bloom. From the bottom of our hearts, we at the Matthew’s Masterpiece’s Planning Committee would like to thank your great organization for joining with us in this quest.