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Franklin Wright Settlements Announces Honorary Chairs and Community Champion Honorees for the Spirit

Detroit, MI – December 2, 2023 – Franklin Wright Settlements proudly reveals the distinguished Honorary Chairs and Community Champion Honorees for the upcoming Spirit of Giving Gala, a premier event benefiting the Pathways to Hope Program. T

his highly anticipated gala will take place at the MGM Grand Detroit, commencing with a 6 PM cocktail reception followed by the program at 7 PM.

Honorary Chairs:

Nicole Wells Stallworth

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 Stallworth

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.

Hometown Hero 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.

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.

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.

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.

Elder Varnado

Volunteer and Program Participant, Franklin Wright Settlements

Elder Varnado is 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.

The Spirit of Giving Gala is a testament to the dedication and support of these esteemed leaders, each recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community. The event promises an evening of celebration, inspiration, and philanthropy.

Tickets for the Gala are priced at $200 per ticket or $2,000 for a table of 10. Secure your attendance and support this noble cause by visiting Franklin Wright Settlements' official website.

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About Franklin Wright Settlements

Franklin Wright Settlements is a dynamic community-focused organization committed to empowering lives and building resilient communities. Since 1881, Franklin Wright Settlements has provided essential programs and services that uplift individuals and families facing various challenges. From educational initiatives to vital social services, the organization serves as a beacon of support, fostering a sense of belonging and offering practical resources to create stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities.

About the Spirit of Giving Gala

The Spirit of Giving Gala is an annual event hosted by Franklin Wright Settlements, bringing together leaders, influencers, and philanthropists to support the Pathways to Hope Program. The gala serves as a platform to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of our community.

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