Sponsorships, tickets available for March 18 event
DEARBORN — The Rotary Club of Dearborn is marking 100 years of service in the community in 2023 with a special celebration to honor its history and raise money to help renovate the auditorium of Henry Ford Centennial Library, making it more accessible.
Themed “100 years of Service Above Self,” the club will host a strolling dinner and musical concert extravaganza with Detroit’s Queen of Blues, Thornetta Davis, who will open for the internationally recognized Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Review. The event will be held on March 18 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.
An early sponsor of the event, Keller Williams Legacy in Dearborn, contributed $5,000 as an entertainment sponsor.
“When I learned of Rotary’s history, I found its vision and values to be in perfect alignment with our group and wanted to be part of this event.” said Michael Phillips, the company’s operating principal and broker.
Information about sponsorship opportunities is available on the club’s website, www.DearbornRotary.org. Event tickets are available for purchase at https://bit.ly/rotary100gala. Early bird pricing is available through Nov. 15.
For more questions about sponsorships and tickets, call 734-726-0058 or email [email protected]
“This is a total club effort to shine a light on our wonderfully diverse community and to celebrate the talent and generosity of what can be achieved when people come together to serve a common purpose,” said Colleen Nieman, 2022-23 Dearborn Rotary co-president.
Funds are administered through the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since its incorporation in 1966, the Dearborn Rotary Foundation has gifted more than $2.1 million in support of local national and international communities. Scholarships to Dearborn students and a variety of youth initiatives account for approximately 50 percent of all giving.
A committee of Dearborn Rotarians is working to make the March event a memorable one for everyone who participates, Nieman said.
“We are also grateful to everyone serving on our Honorary Committee.”
Chairing the committee is Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud chairs the committee, which consists of community leaders Ismael Ahmed, member of the National Endowment of the Arts; Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun; Dr. Fatima Beydoun, physician and Hammoud’s wife; Sandra and Paul Butler, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra benefactors; Michael Angelo Caruso, Rotarian, author and speaker; Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Susan Dabaja; University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellor Domenico Grasso; U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell; 19th District Court Chief Judge Gene Hunt; Roberta Katona, first woman Dearborn Rotary president 1994-95; Henry Ford College President Russ Kavalhuna; Dearborn Public Schools Supt. Glenn Maleyko; state Sen. Sylvia Santana; and Rotary 2022-23 District 6400 Governor Traci Sincock.
Rotary is a global network of 46,000 member clubs with 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers, who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change world wide.