Family, friends, colleagues and fans came together Friday afternoon at Cheli's Chili Bar in Downtown Detroit to celebrate the life of Tom 'Killer' Kowalski, whose life tragically ended Monday at the age of 51.
At the close of the event, Team President Tom Lewand stepped to the podium to speak about Kowalski and what the Detroit Lions will do as an organization to honor him.
The newsroom in Allen Park will be officially named the "Tom Kowalski Press Lounge," part of the concession proceeds from the Lions home opener against Kansas City will go toward Kowalski's favorite charities, and the Lions will create an annual scholarship in Kowalski's name.
Also honoring Kowalski - a man who regularly gave to charities of all kinds - was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who gave $1,000 toward Kowalski's favorite causes.
Kowalski covered the Detroit Lions beginning at the age of 21 and touched many lives over the course of his 30-year career. From those he worked alongside to the fans he informed, Kowalski was beloved by many.
Everyone involved in the program was a friend of Kowalski's and all shared stories, laughs and tears with those in attendance.
Emceed by Dan Miller, the program featured Keith Langlios, Jennifer Hammond, Paula Pasche, Mike O'Hara, Curt Sylvester, Bill Keenist, Mike Emkow, Mary Ullmer, Drew Lane, Mike Stone, Bob Wojnowski, Sean Baligian and Matt Riley.