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On March 16, Alternatives For Girls held our 27th Annual Role Model Dinner at Cobo Center. The event raised over $231,000 to support our critical work!
The evening was full of fun and inspiration. After an hour of mingling and a silent auction, the program kicked off with a live auction. Luther Keith, ARISE Detroit CEO and former AFG Board Member, emceed the event. The dinner, co-chaired this year by Don Manvel and Barbara Whittaker, provided an opportunity for us to hear from many of the young women whose lives have been changed by AFG’s programs. We heard stories of struggle and triumph, and many reflections on the theme of the night, A Beautiful Chain of Events: A Link that Lasts a Lifetime. The evening closed with the thrilling “Fund the Mission,” led by auctioneer Chris Aslanian, during which event guests pledged monetary support to AFG.
In between was a time of reflection and inspiration as the young women of AFG and the 2016 Role Models shared their stories. Many shared empowering messages, like this statement from community volunteer and Champion Role Model Awardee, Janet McAuliffe “The investment in helping girls and women to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices has far reaching benefits for all of us. We know that as women grow through education, they have a strong positive influence on their children and their extended families. When they have good job skills and earning opportunity they can provide an economic competitive advantage to our community and to our country.”
We would like to thank our dinner co-chairs, Don Manvel and Barbara Whittaker, and the entire Role Model Dinner Committee, who helped make the event such an incredible success! We would also like to thank Luther Keith, our emcee, Chris Aslanian, our esteemed auctioneer, and all of the amazing volunteers who helped make the event possible. Thank you to all of the young women from our programs; Guadalupe, Diedre, De’Anna, April, and Jamese, who shared their stories and showed us the courage and determination it takes to make key choices.
AFG also gratefully thanks this year’s Role Model Dinner sponsors: AVL, Flagstar Bank, Ford Motor Company Fund, PVS Chemicals, Suburban Collection, Brooks Kushman, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, UAW Chrysler National Training Center, UAW Ford and Jimmy Settles, Argent International, BW Limited, Comerica Bank, Corporate F.A.C.T.S., DTE Energy Foundation, FirstMerit Bank, Global Automotive Alliance, GMAWOV Book Club, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Health Systems, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions, MGM Grand Detroit, Plate Moran, Rush Group Family of Companies, St. John Providence, Trinity Health, Willis Towers Watson, Beaumont Hospital, Carole Ilitch, George Johnson & Company, Kerr-Russell, Miller Canfield, Roger Garrett, Grigg Graphic Services, Hour Detroit Magazine, and Union AdWorks for donating design services.
Finally, we want to thank everyone who attended the event for spending the evening with us and for showing such overwhelming support for AFG’s programs!
To see photos from this year’s dinner, check out the Hour Detroit photo album here!