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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 tenth annual Solutions at Sunrise will take place:

Friday, October 23, 2015
8 - 9 AM
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226

More than 920 people attended last year's Solutions at Sunrise at the MGM Grand Detroit.

The hour-long, breakfast fundraising event featured two new short films, two speeches by individuals served by Southwest Solutions’ programs, and a keynote address by the agency’s president, John Van Camp.

Many attendees have written to express their appreciation for the event. Among the comments:

  • “One word describes the event: ‘WOW!’  Detroit needs more of what you do at Southwest Solutions.
  • “Thank you for finding a way to share the amazing work that Southwest does every day in such an intellectually and emotionally powerful format.”

Many in the audience were already in tears before 18-year-old Sharrod McAllister took the stage after the film You Will Become. The film profiled Sharrod, as well as 16-year-old Sarah Sanders. Through counseling and other support services provided by Southwest Solutions, Sharrod and Sarah are recovering from childhood trauma and abandonment, and now feel hopeful about their futures. In his speech, Sharrod thanked his adoptive father, who was in the audience, for providing a loving home and getting him the help he needed.  

Imad Morad spoke about his successful small business in the city, which he started with the help of ProsperUS Detroit, an entrepreneurial program led by Southwest Solutions. Imad came to America as an Iraqi refugee, after bring held hostage by Al Qaeda for seven months.

The other short film shown at the event was a tribute to the late Freddie Harris. Freddie was a formerly homeless and talented artist who received housing and support services from Southwest Solutions. Guests at the event were offered a free 24x36 poster of Freddie Harris’ artwork.

In his remarks, John Van Camp focused on Southwest Solutions’ model of neighborhood revitalization through an equal and interconnected commitment to Human Development, Community and Economic Development and Resident Engagement. John gave an overview of the breadth of programs that the agency provides, and made special mention of the Vista Partnership (a resident-centered development initiative), the proposed Wellness Campus  in the neighborhood around Michigan Avenue and Livernois, new programs in early childhood education and at schools that take a comprehensive approach to help families become more successful, and Southwest Solutions ongoing work with veterans at Piquette Square and through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Board member Michelle Tanzey emceed the event, and Patty Scully delivered the fundraising message.

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 Linda or call her 313.297.1376. If you would like to donate to Southwest Solutions, please use our online donation form or, again,  email Linda or call her at 313.297.1376.


   Get involved


  • 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 Linda at 313.297.1376 or email her.

Solutions at Sunrise 2014 Corporate Contributions

  • Peter Chang Enterprises
  • Brown & Brown of Detroit
  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Great Lakes Capital Fund
  • Barry and Ivy Clay
  • Galbraith, Delie & James, P.C.
  • Lenhard Financial Services
  • P & C Real Estate Investment Co.
  • Plante & Moran
  • Plunkett Cooney
  • Sterling Security
  • Shelter Design Studio
  • LISC
  • QOL Meds
  • Sigmund and Sophie Rohlik Foundation
  • TDG Architects
  • Pinkerton

Our deepest gratitude to all our partners.


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