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We host one fundraiser a year called Solutions at Sunrise. This one-hour breakfast event is unlike any fundraising event you’ve ever attended. Built around the stories of people we’ve helped, Solutions at Sunrise offers a great way to get a vivid, insider’s look into the programming of one of Detroit’s most effective organizations. It is designed to introduce new friends to the work of the agency, while also inviting you to support the work we do through donations and other opportunities. The event is free and making a financial gift is optional.

The event:

Our ninth annual Solutions at Sunrise will take place:

Friday, October 24, 2014
8 - 9 AM
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Each year we strive to make our annual Solutions at Sunrise event a unique experience. We present new and compelling stories about the people we serve – through live testimonials and a new short film. And we update you on our latest efforts to realize our mission of “empowering people and improving community.”

Last year was the eighth consecutive year we’ve held Solutions at Sunrise. More than 900 people attended the event on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the MGM Grand Detroit. Although the spacious room was filled to capacity, it was an intimate environment because the program proved to be a deeply moving experience and because of the shared commitment to uplift our city.

It is always amazing how our testimonial speakers gather the courage and composure to take the stage and tell their stories of personal struggle and the hope for a better life through opportunities we are providing. Raquel Chavira spoke very little English before she came to our Adult Learning Lab to pursue her GED a year and a half ago. Ana Orozco, a 17-year-old youth who receives counseling with our agency, talked about her dreams to be the first in her family to go to college. Freddie Harris spoke about his journey from chronic homelessness to receiving supportive housing with our agency.

The new short film by Steve Palackdharry shown at event is called “This Gift.” It profiles five individuals who have benefited tremendously from our programs, including a young girl who had become suicidal after suffering severe burns, and two formerly homeless veterans who have been able to rebuild their lives because of Piquette Square.

John Van Camp, president of Southwest Solutions, focused his remarks on our guiding philosophy of comprehensive neighborhood development, our essential commitment to partnership and community engagement, and our hopes to continue to innovate and expand programs that truly help individuals and families better their lives. Board members Bob Hoey and Michelle Tanzey co-emceed Solutions at Sunrise last year.

Solutions at Sunrise could not happen without our Table Captains, who generously volunteer their time, and invite friends, family and acquaintances to the event so they can learn more about the work we do.

To learn how you can be a Table Captain or attend the event, please email Janette or call her 313.297.1372. If you would like to donate to Southwest Solutions, please use our online donation form or, again,  email Janette or call her at 313.297.1372.


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  • The event is built around Table Captains who recruit friends, family and colleagues to join them at a table of 10.
  • Table Captains are offered various resources including an Table Captains' Rally to help ensure success.
  • Guests from the general public are also welcome. Please register in advance.

Solutions at Sunrise features compelling stories of those we serve, presented in short films and in person. Leadership and sponsorship gift opportunities for the event are available and corporate tables at the event are encouraged. We welcome corporate support for our program expansion efforts. For more information, contact Janette at 313.297.1372 or email her.

Solutions at Sunrise 2013 Corporate Contributions

  • BHPI
  • Brown & Brown
  • Peter Chang Enterprises
  • Glabraith, Delie & James
  • Lenhard Financial Services
  • MGM Grand Detroit Casino
  • Plante & Moran
  • Plunkett Cooney
  • Quicken Loans
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Detroit LISC

Our deepest gratitude to all our partners.


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