On March 26, Alternatives For Girls held our 26th annual Role Model Dinner at The Fillmore Detroit. The event raised over $256,000 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. Cheryl Chodun, former Channel 7 news reporter, emceed the event. The dinner, co-chaired this year by Myra Moreland and Carole Ilitch, 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, Making Key Choices. 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 2015 Role Models shared their stories. Many shared pieces of wisdom, like this statement from former AFG shelter resident and Emerging Leader Role Model Awardee Krista McClure, “We can all look back to where we came from, but to me it’s more important to look forward to where we are going.”
We would like to thank our dinner co-chairs, Myra Moreland and Carole Ilitch, who helped make the event such an incredible success! We would also like to thank Cheryl Chodun, our fantastic emcee, Chris Aslanian, our esteemed auctioneer, and all of the volunteers who helped make the event possible. Thank you to all of the young women from our programs; Tiana, April, Fatima, Janiqua, Tamara, and Tatianna, 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, General Motors, PVS Chemicals, Suburban Collection, Angstrom Automotive, Health Alliance Plan/Henry Ford Health System, Lear Corporation, Piston Group, Argent International, Comerica Bank, Corporate F.A.C.T.S., Dakkota Integrated Systems, Detroit Tigers, Larry and Connie Hudas, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Towers Watson, Trinity Health, UAW-Ford National Programs Center, John and Ann Cameron, George Johnson & Company, Huntington Bank, Michigan First Credit Union, Northwood University, Hour Detroit, and Union AdWorks for donating design services. We would also like to thank both the General Motors Foundation and the Ford Fund for their generous support of the girls and women we serve.
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!