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About the Event

A black-tie affair, Franklin Wright's Annual Spirit of Giving Gala is an elegant, fun-filled evening of awards, live music, great food and cocktails.  Families, friends, our team and supporters come together to recognize business and community leaders who give tirelessly to make sure that everyone has access to basic needs and opportunity.  Together we celebrate a year of outstanding service to the community.  Support our efforts by purchasing a table, tickets, or becoming a sponsor of this worthy and memorable event.

Why Pathways to Hope?

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 over the past few years, children of all ages have experienced mental health disorders throughout the United States. Michigan children, along with children in Metro Detroit, are no different. This surge has put the demand for Franklin Wright Settlements’ services higher than ever before. The pandemic has left thousands of Michigan children without a parent or grandparent to care for them, making children newly bereft of a caregiver. Additionally, 38,000 Michigan children are unhoused (homeless) or placed in the foster care system, while over 371,000 children languish in the clutches of poverty.  Shockingly, the pandemic's darkness has cast its shadow on more than 964,000 Michigan children alone, with nearly half of them grappling with depression and anxiety. Even further, a recent study has ranked Michigan 32nd in overall childhood well-being and 42nd in education.


Franklin Wright’s Pathways to Hope program addresses this serious need by providing services to youth such as mentorship, building a social network, finding a sense of purpose, exploring career opportunities, teaching confidence, social-emotional learning, access to clinical therapists, teaching how to live a healthy lifestyle, and building relationships with our staff and other children/young adults. This quintessential program relies on benevolent organizations like you to make this program successful with proper funding.

Scroll down to learn more about the different elements of our Pathways to Hope program.

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Table Purchase | $2,000

10 Guests | Dedicated Table

Individual Guest Ticket | $200

Honorary Chairs

Nicole Wells Stallsworth

President & CEO, The Children's Center

Nicole Wells Stallworth is a distinguished social impact executive with over two decades of experience advocating for equity and quality of life. She currently serves as President and CEO of The Children’s Center. 

Tommy Stallsworth

Senior Advisor, Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Tommy Stallworth is a lifelong advocate for Detroit and currently serves as Senior Advisor to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. With a historic distinction as the first Chairman of both the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and the Detroit Caucus, he also held key roles in the House Democratic Leadership Team. 

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Nicole Wells Stallworth, President & CEO of The Children's Center and Tommy Stallworth, Senior Advisor to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Community Champion Honorees

Tarence Wheeler

Founder & CEO, Tarence Wheeler Foundation

Tarence Wheeler, Founder and CEO of the Tarence Wheeler Foundation, is a Detroit native. Tarence's volunteer efforts have impacted over 105,000 lives. His All-Star Giveback initiative has distributed 23,500 Thanksgiving turkeys to Wayne County families in need. Actively mentoring 50 Detroit youth, he builds positive relationships with community leaders and facilitates promising futures. 

Tarence Wheeler, Founder & CEO of the Tarence Wheeler Foundation.

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Rebecca Slay

Associate Director for the Building Foundations Program, United Way

Rebecca Slay currently serves as the Associate Director for the Building Foundations Program at United Way, she is committed to securing vital funding for programs aimed at supporting children in need. Rebecca's passion for her work is evident in her unwavering dedication to her craft, making her a seasoned and valuable advocate for the betterment of her community.

Rebecca Slay, Associate Director, Building Foundations Program at United Way.

Elder Varnado

Volunteer and Program Participant, Franklin Wright Settlements

Elder Varnado has been an active participant in the Franklin Wright Settlements' Food and Friendship Program since the summer of 2022. Committed to promoting health and well-being among his peers, he takes on the role of a physical fitness instructor for older adults within the program. He finds joy in giving back to both his peers and the community, embodying a spirit of generosity and community engagement.

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Elder Varnado, Volunteer and Participant at Franklin Wright Settlements.

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Stacie Hunter

Community Manager Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Stacie Hunter currently serves as the Community Manager Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. Stacie extends her passion for financial literacy by teaching classes to older adults in Franklin Wright Settlements' Senior Outreach Services Program. Furthermore, she imparts valuable financial knowledge to children through the Afterschool Enrichment Program. Stacie Hunter's multifaceted commitment to community and financial education reflects her dedication to empowering individuals across generations.

Stacie Hunter, Community Manager Vice President of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Rashida Williams

Founder & CEO, The Glam Doctor

Rashida Williams, renowned as The Glam Doctor, is a consummate professional and visionary artist. With two decades of experience, she starred in Mastercard's Thrive commercial, showcasing her unique and personalized approach to beauty. She actively supports Franklin Wright Settlements' Afterschool Enrichment Program, empowering and nurturing the growth of young girls in her community by teaching them about the importance of self-care and inner beauty.

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Rashida Williams, Founder & CEO of The Glam Doctor.


Platinum Sponsor | $20,000

Supports transportation to our after-school program from 5 schools for one year.

  • Year-long recognition on the FWS website

  • Recognition in FWS newsletters for one year

  • Social media recognition

  • One dedicated table for event upon request

  • Large logo in agenda/program

Diamond Sponsor | $10,000

Supports three students to attend Early Start Child Development Center programming for one year.

  • Year-long recognition on the FWS website

  • Recognition in three FWS newsletters

  • Social media recognition

  • One dedicated table for event upon request

  • Medium logo in agenda/program

Gold Sponsor | $5,000

Supports one enrichment course for 25 students for one year.

  • Year-long recognition on the FWS website

  • Recognition in two FWS newsletters

  • Social media recognition

  • 10 complimentary tickets upon request

  • Business name listed as Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor | $3,000

Supports one field trip for 35 students during our Summer Enrichment Program.

  • Year-long recognition on the FWS website

  • Recognition in one FWS newsletter

  • Social media recognition

  • 5 complimentary tickets upon request

  • Business name listed as Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor | $1,000

Supports hot meals for 25 seniors for one week at Franklin Wright.

  • Year-long recognition on the FWS website

  • Recognition in one FWS newsletter

  • 5 complimentary tickets upon request

  • Business name listed as Bronze Sponsor

Sponsorship applications due by November 17, 2023. Contact Deon Mullen at or call 313.405.0952.

About the Pathways to Hope Program Elements

Our Pathways to Hope program enriches the lives of youth from ages 0 to 24. The different pillars of our program touch a child's life by:

  • Early Start Childhood Development Center (Early Start): Starting a child's life with our Early Start  Center where children prepare for Kindergarten by learning colors, shapes, ABC's, socialization skills, and more.

  • After School Enrichment Program (ASEP): Continuing nourishment as children enter Kindergarten through the 12th grade by providing transportation, a healthy snack/meal, and enrichment courses during our ASEP.

  • Summer Enrichment Program (SEP): Extending fun and interactive learning for K-12th graders during the summer months with a day camp, known as the Summer Enrichment Program. In this program, children receive healthy meals and snacks, mentoring, learn social skills, and participate in enrichment courses throughout the day.
    • Enrichment courses include classes that teach confidence, self-esteem, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, teamwork, sports, music/DJing, financial literacy, digital literacy, and overall social skills.

  • Leaders in Training (LIT) Teen Center: Teaching Detroit teens and young adults the training, tools, and skills they need to explore diverse careers and skilled trades to make successful and meaningful contributions to the workforce by teaching vocational training, introducing career development, enhancing career readiness soft skills, and participating in financial literacy, academic support, community activism, recreational activities, and culturally based field trips.

  • Annual Summer College Tour: Immersing youth into the world of higher education and college readiness, which is a major component of our LIT Teen Center. Metro Detroit youth get the experience of traveling out of state to visit up to 10 colleges and universities, where many of the youth receive on-site admissions. Over the last 20 years, 97% of the youth who attend the college tour go on to attend post-secondary education.

  • Grow Detroit's Young Talent (GDYT): Engaging youth through a summer workforce development program through the City of Detroit providing meaningful on-the-job training and career readiness. The youth participants also use a curriculum titled, “Hats & Ladders” to learn about various career fields, complete career assessments, and interactive exercises to identify career areas of interest and the skills and education needed to secure employment in their chosen career fields.

President & CEO

Monique D. Marks, MSW



Board Chairman

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Harris

Vice Chair

Michael Van Tull

Vice Chair

Debra Rush


Leonard Alford, III


Kimberly Batchelor Davis


Cathy Nedd

Charlena Echols

Dan Pitera

Dr. E’lois Thomas

Dr. Priscilla Hines

George A. Nicholson, III

Hali Giessler

Tarrence Wheeler

Hon. Teola Hunter

Lauren Spencer

Missionary Hattie Humphrey

Yvonne Young

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