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August 2014

Gold Family Serves as Judges at American Coney Challenge

By | Detroit Love

From Detroit Free Press:

How many coney dogs could you wolf down in 10 minutes?

About 28 people — and a handful of Detroit police and firefighters — battled for a championship elt, trophy and bragging rights at the fourth annual American Coney Island Coney Eating Challenge on Thursday afternoon.

In the public contest, 46-year-old Matt Holowicki of Plymouth was crowned the top dog after he ate 17 coney dogs — and all the trimmings — in record time, smashing the event’s previous record of 10½. Holowicki said he hopes to participate again. Each participant was given a tray of 14 coney dogs. Holowicki was on his second tray before the contest ended.

“When you’re eating good food, it makes it so much easier,” said Holowicki, who competes in eating contests all over Michigan. “After the first two or three, I stopped tasting them.”

The competition earned Holowicki a shiny championship belt, but the event was for a good cause, benefiting Detroit Police and Detroit Fire department charities.

The two departments faced off in a separate competition, with the firefighters ultimately being crowned the champs after they collectively ate 12 coney dogs.

Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said it was all in good fun and was grateful to the owners for donating to the charities. Detroit Police Chief James Craig made a brief appearance to cheer on the officers.

“I didn’t eat as many coney dogs as I wanted,” Woody said, laughing.

Nearly 200 people gathered at the restaurant on West Lafayette Boulevard downtown to watch and donate to the Keros Family Fund. Event organizers predicted they would generate nearly $20,000 by the end of the competitions.

A special appearance was made by international competitive eater and Guinness Record holder Takeru Kobayashi, who ate five coney dogs in 30 seconds as a treat for the crowd.

“I’ve always wanted to come to Detroit,” Kobayashi said via translator. “I heard this place has a lot of history and I’ve always been interested in searching out the greatest coney dog.”

Judges included former Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn, WJBK-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff and the Gold family from the truTV television show “Hardcore Pawn.”

“We had such a good time,” said Seth Gold. “Anytime we can come out for a good cause and support the city, we have to do it.”

American Coney Island owners Grace Keros and Chris Sotiropoulos said the event gets better every year. [Read full article and see more photos here]


Gold Family Visits Orange County Choppers

By | Uncategorized

The Gold family recently visited the Orange County Choppers facility in Newburgh, New York. Thanks to Discovery Channel’s hit reality series American Chopper, Paul Teutul Sr. has been the forefront of Orange County Choppers for more than ten years. OCC originally started as a sideline to his steel manufacturing business, which was founded in the 1970’s. Paul Sr began building custom motorcycles on the side as a hobby and in 1999, he founded, the now world famous, Orange County Choppers. Learn more about them at

Seth Gold to Visit Allied Pawn in Dubuque

By | In the News

Seth Gold, star of ‘Hardcore Pawn’ will visit Allied Pawn in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, October 18 from 11am until 2pm. Seth is a fourth generation pawnbroker who works alongside his sister and father at American Jewelry and Loan, located in the heart of Detroit. Their store has been the subject of truTV’s top-rated show, Hardcore Pawn. Now in its eighth season, with over 150 episodes, Hardcore Pawn has broken numerous audience records and averaged nearly three million weekly viewers in the US. The show also enjoys immense popularity in other markets including Australia, Europe, and South Africa.

“The team from Allied Pawn helps local families make ends meet when unexpected circumstances occur. I’m excited to meet their customers,” Seth said. “This fundraising event is a great example of Allied Pawn’s commitment to their community.“ Fans will have the opportunity to visit with Seth, take photos and grab an autograph while taking advantage of specials and discounts on merchandise at the store. Exclusive t-shirts and photos will also be offered for sale.

“We’re partnering with Resources Unite to raise funds that will be used to support the organizations that Resources Unite helps and they will be present for Seth’s visit.“ said Jamie Smith, co-owner of Allied Pawn.

Allied Pawn is located at 2013 Central Avenue Suite 900 in Dubuque, Iowa. More information can be found at or by following them on Facebook or Twitter, or calling 563-583-5187.

Gold Family Visits Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build 2014

By | Detroit Love

Habitat for Humanity Detroit is in the midst of its 2014 Fall Blitz Build in the Morningside Commons Neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. They aim to complete the construction of seven homes in seven days with the help of over 2,000 volunteers who look to provide low-income families with safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing.

“This is a remarkable undertaking and seeing their worksite firsthand is just so impressive,” said Les Gold, “it makes such a tangible difference in our city, one house and one family at a time.” In his interview with CBS News, Les went on to say “I’m good at concrete masonry, in real life, I’ve laid a lot of driveways … I can finish a driveway like nobody’s business.”

Seth was quick to point out that Les’ best attribute was telling people what to do!

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Detroit, visit their website at Read the full article from CBS here.



By | Detroit Love

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (August 1, 2014)— Wigs 4 Kids’ Annual Gala returns to Barrister Gardens in St. Clair Shores (24225 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080) on Thursday, September 18th from 6-11 PM. This event marks the organization’s 11th year of providing wigs & support services at no charge to Michigan children in need

During this enchanting evening, guests will enjoy dinner, sweet treat extravaganza, princess tea party, exciting raffles and silent auctions of sports memorabilia with Take 2 Authentics. The event will also feature talent performances by Wigs 4 Kids recipients, karate demonstrations by PKSA Karate and a money booth provided by Extra Credit Union with funds sponsored by American Jewelry & Loan.

Celebrity appearances include Steve Wilkos, star of “The Steve Wilkos Show” and the Gold Family from American Jewelry & Loan’s hit TV series “Hardcore Pawn.” Photo opportunities are available for attendees. Attorney Richard Bernstein will deliver a keynote speech and Tina Black, Dean & Owner of Paul Mitchell the School Michigan will serve as Honorary Chair of the event.

Wigs 4 Kids is also hosting a pre-gala raffle with a grand prize of $1,000 to be awarded to the winner. Pre-gala raffle tickets are being sold at $10 each and only 500 tickets are available for purchase. The winner does not need to be present at the event to redeem the prize.

“In addition to being the biggest celebration for the families we serve, the gala is also our largest fundraiser of the year, which helps us continue our mission.” Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Wigs 4 Kids stated. “We are grateful to everyone in the community who believes in our program and helps us continue our growth.”
Tickets to the event are $100 per person, $30 for children 11 and under or $900 for a table of 10. Please call 586-772-6656, visit the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center or to purchase your tickets.




About Steve Wilkos

Steve’s straightforward approach combined with his sincerity and humor when discussing challenging topics has earned viewers trust and respect. Learn more about “The Steve Wilkos Show” at


About The Gold Family
Thanks to the success of American Jewelry and Loan, the Gold family has established a proud tradition of helping local organizations in the Metro Detroit area. Learn more about their hit TV series “Hardcore Pawn” at