2017 Annual Dinner & Auction: "Voices of Freedom"


***SOLD OUT***

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Atheneum Suite Hotel
1000 Brush Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Featuring Cleve JonesAuthor & Orgnizer, and Amy Lange, Fox2 News Investigative Reporter, as Mistress of Ceremonies

Voicing one's point of view can seem as natural as the air we breathe. Yet each day at Freedom House, the plight of our residents — the majority of whom are courageously fleeing persecution — is a sobering reminder that not all people breathe free. Guided by our belief that all people deserve to live free from oppression and injustice, Freedom House depends on the support of active citizens like you to advocate for the rights and freedom of asylum seekers, particularly those living in our shelter.  By working together, we believe our voices can help turn the tide.


We need your support to continue our mission.  Please join us for our annual Voices of Freedom dinner on October 26, 2017 at The Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit, featuring a special keynote address from author and human rights activist Cleve Jones.


A legendary organizer in the LGBT community, today, Cleve uses his voice to fight for the rights of immigrant workers. Through UNITE HERE! — a labor union representing 270,000 people across the nation — Cleve's work underscores the untapped strength of the immigrant community and the need for us to create strategic partnerships and wholly inclusive practices in every sector. At Freedom House, those partnerships start with supporters like you.


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Exclusive Reception with Cleve Jones and Amy Lange: 5:00pm
Music by: Ahya Simone, Harpist/Singer
(Sponsored by Between the Lines)


Event featuring keynote by Cleve Jones: 6:00pm
(Sponsored by PrimeStaff International)



  • Event: $100.00
  • Exclusive Reception and Event: $150.00
  • Table sponsor (includes recognition in program): $1,250.00


Click here to purchase tickets or become a sponsor. Checks can also be
made out and sent directly to the address below (please note "Annual Dinner" on memo line). 


Freedom House
ATTN: TJ Rogers
2630 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216 


If you cannot attend the 2017 Annual Dinner & Auction, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Freedom House.  For more information, please contact TJ Rogers at 
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Primary Event Sponsor





Exclusive Reception & Media Sponsor





Partner Sponsor





Supporting Sponsor

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John Miller, Board Member, and Chris Miller



Table Sponsor

Amnesty International, Local Group No. 78

Jill and Jennifer Babcock

Beaumont Health

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Dignity Detroit

Henry M. Grix & Howard W. Israel

Law Offices of Denise M. Hudson

Milo Detroit

Nick Cucinella

Palmer Rey, PLLC

Park West Gallery & Park West Foundation

ProsperUS, a program of Southwest Economic Solutions

Larry & Susann Spilkin

St. John Providence

UAW-GM Center for Human Resources

UNITE HERE! Local 24

Wolverine Packing Co.




*Centerpieces donated by Corp! Magazine from Planterra.*



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Keynote: Cleve Jones, Author & Organizer

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Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, lecturer, and author of "When We Rise: My Life in the Movement," which partly inspired the ABC miniseries of the same name. Mentored by LGBTQ pioneer Harvey Milk, Cleve co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, conceived and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington D.C., and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Today he works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE!.



Voice of Freedom Award: Barbara McQuade

BarbaraMcQuade HEADSHOT web Barbara L. McQuade is a law professor at the University of Michigan. From 2010-2017, McQuade served as the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. McQuade also served as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and co-chaired the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.  McQuade also joined with other law enforcement leaders to launch Detroit One, a violence reduction strategy and community partnership. Before becoming U.S. Attorney, McQuade was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit for 12 years, serving as Deputy Chief of the National Security Unit. Born in Detroit, McQuade is a 1987 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She and her husband have four children.

 Community Partner Award: ProsperUS

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The ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Training program utilizes a place-based focus to economic development. In collaboration with Community Partners in specific areas in the city seen as having barriers to economic development and stability, we offer a comprehensive, 20-week entrepreneur training program that helps participants realize their potential and develop a business plan. Through this program, we look to our entrepreneurs to be examples, leaders, and potentially employers, in these communities as business owners.



Mistress of Ceremonies: Amy Lange, Fox2 News Investigative Reporter

AmyLange headshot web Amy Lange is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter. From politics to courts to social issues, Lange's reporting has allowed her to cover some of the most important stories of our time.  Passionate about the issue of homelessness, she has won Emmy awards for her reporting in Haiti, and her work on children in the state foster care system.  Her work on homeless veterans was recognized with an Edward R Murrow Regional Award. She has also received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press.







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