Butzel Long is a sponsor of the Ninth Annual U of D Mercy Titan Athletic Club’s Basketball Camp for Special Needs Kids on June 20 in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Exercise, team-building and fun are advantages of youth sports. Accordingly, the University of Detroit Mercy Titan Athletic Club, is hosting its Ninth Annual Basketball Camp for special needs players from 9 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the historic Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Butzel Long law firm is a sponsor of this year’s event.

The one-day clinic is for any special needs players (all abilities are welcome) ages 12 & older to learn and develop basketball skills. Athletes with trainable mental impairment (TMI), educatable mental impairment (EMI) and other developmental or physical disabilities are encouraged to participate.

“We developed this clinic for special needs kids to help them develop fundamental basketball skills,” said Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, Vice President, Butzel Long and a former Titan basketball standout, Titan Club member and U of D Mercy Alum. “The kids have a blast! It’s a fun way for them to build confidence and learn basketball skills that they can practice throughout the summer.

“This event is a highlight of the year for the Titan Athletic Club members, Titan coaches, players and alumni,” added Fuhs. “At the same time, Butzel Long is a proud sponsor. Our firm has long and strong history of community involvement in the city of Detroit.”

The clinic puts all participants through various drills before ending with a scrimmage. The fee is $15 per student, which includes a camp T-shirt and tour of Calihan Hall.

Parents/ guardians are welcome to stay and watch. A camp-parent room will be available. To register or for more information, call John Hitchings at
(313) 993-1700, ext. 7331 or visit www.DetroitTitans.com/TitanClub. The registration deadline is June 18. Families who may need financial assistance, also can inquire about camp sponsorship.

About the Titan Athletic Club

The University of Detroit Mercy Titan Club is the official booster organization for more than 300 student-athletes at the University of Detroit Mercy.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

John Rakolta Jr. Headlines JVS’s 19th Annual Strictly Business Luncheon

Business leaders who reflect the strength and innovation of Detroit will highlight JVS’s 19th Annual Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23 at the MGM Grand in Detroit.

Headlining the event is Walbridge Chairman and CEO John Rakolta Jr., who will serve as honorary chair and keynote speaker. Rakolta will welcome an anticipated crowd of nearly 800 business and community leaders and talk about rebuilding Detroit. Strictly Business is a fundraiser to support JVS in its efforts to put metro Detroiters back to work.

“This event exemplifies who we are and what we do,” said Joshua Eichenhorn, Strictly Business co-chair. “We will showcase the success stories of three people who JVS helped to overcome obstacles to employment. These individuals will each receive an Employee of the Year Award at the event.”

In addition, event goers will hear from two successful young business owners receiving awards from JVS. Paul Glomski, co-founder and CEO of Detroit Labs, will accept the 2016 JVS Business Leadership Award on behalf of his company, Detroit Labs, and Zack Sklar, majority owner and chef of Peas & Carrots Hospitality, will receive the 2016 JVS Rising Entrepreneur Award.

“While Sklar and Glomski’s relatively young companies reflect a burgeoning Detroit, Rakolta’s firm symbolizes its strong foundation,” said Eichenhorn. “They are helping to build momentum in Detroit’s comeback.”

Founded in Detroit in 1916, this year marks the centennial for Walbridge, one of America’s largest privately owned construction companies. The Detroit-based firm has built iconic projects such as Olympia Stadium, Orchestra Hall and the Ford Rouge development, and withstood economic highs and lows that have been devastating for the construction industry.

During Rakolta’s tenure, Walbridge has grown from a regional firm with annual sales of $40 million in the mid-1970s to a global entity registering sales of more than $1.5 billion in 2014. The company is ranked among the largest contractors in America and it tops domestic automotive manufacturing construction.

Rakolta has been a leader in both business and the community and is noted for taking on the region’s toughest challenges, including job creation, education, diversity and health care. Especially passionate about transforming the Detroit Public Schools, he currently co-chairs the Coalition for the Future of Detroit School Children. The group issued recommendations in 2015 and continues to advocate for stabilizing the troubled school district to ensure a quality education for all Detroit schoolchildren.

“Through his work with the Detroit Schools coalition and other groups such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and New Detroit, John has shown remarkable commitment to rebuilding Michigan and Detroit,” said Leah Rosenbaum, JVS president and CEO. “We’re thrilled he’ll share his insight with us at Strictly Business.”

Strictly Business is co-chaired by Joshua Eichenhorn and Jeffrey Tischler. Find details about sponsorships and registration at www.jvsdet.org/strictlybiz or contact Judy Strongman at jstrongman@jvsdet.org or (248) 233-4213.

About JVS
JVS is an award-winning human services organization with four main locations in Metropolitan Detroit that helps people realize life’s potential through a variety of programs to maximize their self-sufficiency. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their job search, provides meaningful services to people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged.

Forgotten Harvest Launches 25th Anniversary Raffle; Ticket Purchase Feeds Hungry, Provides Chance to Win 2015 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Cash

Non-profit’s raffle honors founder, Dr. Nancy Fishman, who initially rescued food using her own Jeep® brand vehicle

OAK PARK, Mich., June 2, 2015 – It all began 25 years ago with one woman, and her Jeep® brand vehicle, who rescued food to feed the hungry in metro Detroit. Today, Forgotten Harvest is one of America’s largest food rescue organizations. In honor of its founder and to continue its mission, the non-profit is conducting a 25th Anniversary Raffle with a top prize of a 2015 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×4.

Each ticket purchased will provide 250 meals to those in need, while offering a chance to win the award-winning SUV or cash prizes of $10,000 or $2,500.Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased by calling 855-751-4380 or completing an online form (http://ow.ly/MaUZv) and either emailing, mailing or faxing it.

“Our anniversary raffle is yet another way to continue our mission of relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste, while at the same time having a chance to win a Jeep® Grand Cherokee or cash,” said Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes. “Every raffle ticket purchase goes a long way. A $50 raffle ticket purchase means 250 meals provided to those in need.”

The raffle is open to legal residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older as of March 26, 2015. The official drawing will take place on September 30, 2015. For official rules and other details, please visit http://ow.ly/MaUZv.

Forgotten Harvest humbly began out of the back of a Jeep® brand vehicle by Dr. Fishman who herself, at one time, stood in line to get food assistance. At that point, she had a 2-year-old daughter, had not finished her education and was struggling to make ends meet. She made a commitment to help others in need of food assistance. Through her remarkable drive and perseverance, she completed a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, attended Harvard Law School’s Program on Advanced Negotiation and, using her own vehicle, began rescuing food from local events and religious celebrations.

“While we have made significant progress over the past 25 years, our job at Forgotten Harvest is ‘Far From Done,’” Mayes said.

About Forgotten Harvest

Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 48 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for eight consecutive years. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.

Walsh College Presents Annual Wine Gala for Student Scholarships at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights

Walsh College presents its 13th annual Wine Gala, one of its largest fundraisers for student scholarships, on Friday evening, May 1, 2015, at the General Motors Heritage Center, 6400 Center Drive, Sterling Heights, Mich.

Along with the horsepower of GM’s classic vehicles, the 2015 Wine Gala will celebrate this year’s Kentucky Derby. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Derby attire and hat. This special event will feature rare wines from private collections, a general wine tasting, delectable cuisine catered by Forte Belanger, and hand-rolled cigars. New this year will be a mint julep bar and a bourbon pie station.

The GM Heritage Center is comprised of approximately 600 cars and trucks. Concept cars and special-interest styling/performance editions are also displayed, along with significant race cars and milestone production vehicles representing GM’s product story of the past century.

“Since its inception in 2003, the Wine Gala has raised more than $700,000 for the Walsh College Scholarship Fund,” said Audrey Olmstead, vice-president and chief development officer. “The great support from our corporate sponsors, alumni, the public, and friends strengthens our ability to continue to award valuable scholarships to our students.”

All tickets are $175. An invitation-only, VIP Sponsors Reception offering advanced access to rare-wine tables begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission starts at 7 p.m.

Rare wines for the evening have been donated from the private collection of Bob Cummings, a Walsh College friend. Cummings has donated rare wines to the event since it began. Local distributors will also pour some of the latest vintages.

Co-chairs for the 2015 Walsh College Wine Gala, both residents of Grosse Pointe, Mich., are Mindy Barry, attorney, and also Scott Rice, chief operating officer, Powerlink Facilities. Rice is a Walsh alumnus.

Among the record-number of corporate sponsors for the 2015 Wine Gala are Auburn Pharmaceutical, CareTech Solutions, Clayton & McKervey, Comerica Bank, Conway MacKenzie, Deloitte, Doner, Doeren Mayhew, DTE Energy Foundation, Emagine Entertainment, Ernst & Young, Federal Mogul, Fifth Third Bank, Lear Corporation, Plastipak Packaging, Powerlink Facilities Management, PVS Chemicals, and Wealth Management Services.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.walshcollege.edu/WineGala or contact Andrea Richards, assistant director, Annual Giving and Stewardship, at 248-823-1204.