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Role Model Dinner

2018 Role Model Dinner

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

5:30-8:30 pm

5:30 pm: Reception and Silent Auction

6:45 pm: Dinner, Live Auction, and Role Model Awards

8:00 pm: Fund the Mission

Cobo Center – Grand Riverview Ballroom

Complimentary valet parking provided on Washington Blvd

Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy Foundation

Media Sponsor: WDIV Local 4 News

Role Model Dinner Co-Chairs: Faye Nelson and Pam Rodgers

Tickets on sale now! Click here to purchase your ticket today.


Don’t miss our fabulous live and silent auctions! Live auction items include:

Chicago Weekend Getaway Package

This Chicago package is perfect for a luxurious weekend getaway. Enjoy a 4 day, 3 night stay in a luxury Chicago apartment on the Magnificent Mile. This 2-bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment is near the John Hancock Building and Water Tower Place. Just a short walk to Lake Michigan Beach and all of the amazing Magnificent Mile stores. To be used within one year during a mutually agreed upon dates. But that’s not all! Enjoy a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairing for two at the Michelin rated restaurant, Topolobampo, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Rick Bayless’ innovative, refined Mexican cuisine served in an elegant art-filled space won the 2017 Outstanding Restaurant Award from the James Beard Foundation. Gift card can be used at this or any other Frontera Restaurant.

Special thanks to Jim and Ann Nicholson & Fritz and Karen Henderson for this donation


Detroit Tigers Opening Day Package

Who’s your Tiger? Whether it’s Victor Martinez or Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers Opening Day Package is perfect for any Detroit Tigers fan! Includes 4 premium tickets, 1 executive parking pass to the Detroit Tigers opening day game on March 29, 2018 (vs. the Pittsburg Pirates) and 4 passes to the Opening Day Pre-Party at the Fox Theater! Tickets are located in section 131, right behind the Tigers on-deck circle, in row 12.

Special thanks to Ilitch Holdings for this donation


The Ultimate Downtown Detroit Experience Package

Enjoy a night out on the town for two with this Ultimate Downtown Detroit package! Start off your night by hopping into your luxury sedan one-day rental from Condor Detroit, which includes complimentary vehicle pick up and drop off for your convenience. Drive downtown and check into one of Detroit’s hottest new hotels, the Detroit Foundation Hotel, for a one night stay will fabulous views of the Detroit.  Finally, drive over to Little Caesars Arena for an unforgettable performance from Grammy winner, Bruno Mars! At the September 15th concert, you and a guest will enjoy the 24 Carat Magic singer from premium seats. This will be a night you’ll never forget!

 Special thanks to Ilitch Holdings, Condor Detroit, The Detroit Foundation Hotel for this donation


Little Caesars Arena and Comerica Park Suite Package

Enjoy the “Suite Life” with this package that includes a suite at Little Caesars Arena for a Detroit Pistons game in the 2018-2019 season and a suite at Comerica Park for a Detroit Tigers game (Opening Day excluded)! Each suite includes 18 tickets (Food and beverages are not included). Comerica Park suite can be used for a mutually agreed upon date for a Detroit Tigers home game during April or May of the 2018 Regular Season. Pistons Luxury Suite is also for 18 people and includes 3 Parking Passes for a mutually agreed upon game in the 2018-2019 season. But that’s not all! You and your guests can have some fun before the game on The HandleBar Detroit’s 16-person pedal-powered pub! Bring your own food and beverages and the driver will escort to your choice downtown destinations (certificate good for a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday tour).

Special thanks to Wayne County, Invictus Equity Group, & The HandleBar Detroit for this donation


Meet our Emcee:

Rhonda Walker
WDIV-Local 4 News

Rhonda Walker has been helping Detroiters get motivated and ready for the day with her incredible energy, enthusiasm, impeccable style, and passion for her hometown for the past 20 years. A confessed morning person, this award-winning talented and versatile journalist starts her day at 2:00 am to co-anchor the weekday morning newscast at WDIV-Local 4 News. A position she’s held since 2003. Throughout her life, Rhonda has been committed to serving the Detroit community.  Rhonda’s passion for giving back and uplifting others is shown by the nearly 100 appearances she makes throughout the year in support of charitable efforts, establishing herself as not only a leader in her profession but also for service to the greater Detroit Community. Over the past 8 years, Rhonda has been recognized by her peers and received awards and honors from nearly 50 different community, corporate, and professional organizations. Her scores of awards and numerous accolades include honors from the NAACP, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, News/Talk WJR 760am, and many more. Rhonda also received Alternatives For Girls’ Role Model award in 2008! Rhonda is also the founder and president of the Rhonda Walker Foundation, now in its 15th year. Born in Detroit and raised in Lansing, Rhonda holds a degree in Communications from Michigan State University.  In her spare time, Rhonda is an avid golfer and loves to travel, shop, dine out, enjoy Michigan summers, volunteer and spend quality time with friends and family.


Honoring the 2018 Role Models:

Alicia Boler Davis
Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, General Motors Company

Alicia Boler Davis was named executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing in June 2016. Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and the GM Korea Board of Directors. She reports to GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra. Prior to this assignment, Boler Davis was senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience since December 2014, where she led the company’s connected customer activities, including infotainment, OnStar, and GM’s Urban Active personal mobility initiatives. In February 2012, Boler Davis was appointed U.S. vice president, Customer Experience. Previously, Boler Davis was simultaneously plant manager of the Michigan Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping facilities, as well as vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer, North America Small Cars, positions she held until January 2012. Boler Davis began her GM career in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer at the Midsize/Luxury Car Division in Warren, Mich. She serves on the board of directors at General Mills, is a member of the Northwestern University McCormick Advisory Council and a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County. Boler Davis has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Indiana University.


Deborah LaBelle
Partner, Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle

Deborah LaBelle is an attorney and writer whose advocacy focuses on the human rights of people in detention, the intersection of race and gender, and the rights of children in the criminal justice and education systems in the United States.  In addition to her private practice, LaBelle is the Director of the Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative for the ACLU of Michigan and Coordinator of Michigan’s Juvenile Mitigation Access Committee.  She has been lead counsel in over a dozen class actions that have successfully challenged policies affecting the treatment and sentencing of incarcerated men, women and children, utilizing a human rights framework.  She has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and in international forums with an integrated model for reform utilizing concurrent litigation, documentation and advocacy strategies. LaBelle is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow and was the first American recognized by Human Rights Watch as a Human Rights Monitor, for her work on behalf of incarcerated women and girls.  Her publications include Basic Decency:  Protecting the human rights of children (2012); Ensuring Rights for All:  Realizing Human Rights for Prisoners in Bringing Human Rights Home (Praeger Press, 2008); and Bringing Human Rights Home to the World of Detention (Columbia Human Rights Law Review Article, Vol. 40.1, Fall 2008); Second Chances:  Juveniles serving life without parole in Michigan prisons (2004); Women at the Margins, Neglect, Punishment and Resistance (Haworth, 2002).


Monica L. Martinez
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Michigan, and National Director of Hispanic Business Development, Comerica Bank

Monica L. Martinez is Senior Vice President, External Affairs for Comerica Bank, which includes the dual roles of managing the corporate contributions function for the Michigan market as well as overseeing all aspects of the bank’s involvement of Hispanic Business Development nationally. Martinez oversees charitable contributions budgets in addition to all corporate philanthropic giving including day-to-day program management of Comerica’s charitable foundation and sponsorship programs in the State of Michigan. In the capacity of National Hispanic Business Developer, Martinez serves as the liaison for the bank within the Hispanic community, directing Comerica’s Hispanic business and community outreach in the bank’s primary markets, which are comprised of Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, and Michigan. In addition, she helps direct the bank’s Hispanic Business Initiative teams and Hispanic Employee Resource groups. Martinez joined Comerica in 2006 in support of the bank’s ongoing commitment to building strong relationships with Hispanic business owners, entrepreneurs, and communities. Fluent in Spanish and English, Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, where she majored in International Business with a focus in Marketing. For her graduate work, she studied Interdisciplinary Technology with a concentration in Business Management at Eastern Michigan University. She has also earned certificates in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and Corporate Community Relations Management from Boston College. Martinez is also a graduate of the prestigious SMU Management program and is certified in Diversity Management from Cornell University. Martinez actively serves on the board of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber, SER Jobs for Progress National, New Detroit, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and is the chairperson of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan Hispanic Advisory committee.


Sponsorship Opportunites

Sponsorships offer many benefits. For more details, please see this sponsorship opportunities packet or contact Alexandria Armstrong at (313) 361-4000 etx 223 or


We salute our 2018 sponsors:

(as of 3/22/2018)



DTE Energy Foundation



PVS Chemicals



Ford Motor Company Fund

The Rush Group

The Suburban Collection



Beaumont Hospital

Piston Group


Argent Group

Comerica Bank

Corporate FACTS

General Motors

Greektown Casino-Hotel


Home Depot

Marathon Petroleum Company

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions

Pam Rodgers

The Skillman Foundation

Trinity Health

Special D Events

Willis Towers Watson

Yazaki North America, Inc.



George Johnson & Company

Michigan First Credit Union

Ottenwess, Taweel, & Schenk, PLC

University of Michigan Credit Union


Media Sponsor:

WDIV-Local 4 News


Magazine Sponsor:

Hour Detroit


Design Sponsor:

Union AdWorks



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