A Celebration of Southwest Solutions and Social Impact

September 14, 2018
6 PM to Midnight
MGM Grand Detroit

Our inaugural gala celebrated 47 years of social impact and service to more than 10,000 people throughout Detroit annually. The gala was an extraordinary success, raising about $600,000, thanks to the generosity of over 70 different sponsors. About 500 people attended the sold-out event, which was emceed by Evrod Cassimy, Morning Anchor at WDIV Local 4.
At the event, we announced a $2.5M gift from the Sam L. and Judith G. Yaker Fund that will serve to revitalize and promote affordable homeownership in the Newberry neighborhood in southwest Detroit.
In addition, we presented our inaugural Clement Kern Awards for Social Impact to:


John Van Camp
President and CEO of Southwest Solutions, Retired




Nancy Schlichting
CEO of Henry Ford Health System, Retired




To view the Celebration of Impact program booklet, click here.

Photos from the Celebration of Impact

There are three albums of photos from our Celebration of Impact event on our Flickr site:
In addition, two publications featured photo galleries about the event:

Media about the event and Yaker Fund announcement

Verion Walker lives in one of the rental homes in the Newberry neighborhood that is being transitioned
to affordable homeownership. Verion is looking forward to owning the home.



Our Sponsors
Founding Event Sponsor
Edward C. and Linda Dresner Levy Foundation


Neighborhood Entrepreneur Sponsor
Fifth Third Bank
Lear Corporation


Veterans’ Service and Honor Sponsor
MGM Grand Detroit


Homecoming Sponsor
Sam L. and Judith G. Yaker Fund


Community Wellness Sponsor
Walgreens Boots Alliance


Community Impact Sponsor
Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase


VIP Table Sponsor
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Bridgewater Interiors
Marge Byington and LoPatin & Co.
Byzantine Holdings
Corporate F.A.C.T.S.
Dickinson Wright PLLC
DTE Energy Foundation
Flagstar Bank
Henry Ford Health System & Health Alliance Plan
Huntington National Bank
Terry and Seth Lloyd
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Masco Corporation Foundation
Mark Ryan McCarthy
PCE Systems
PNC Bank
Nancy Schlichting
Sophie Fierro-Share and Daniel Share
The Skillman Foundation
St. Mary Mercy Hospital Livonia


Table Sponsor
Arrow Office Supply
Brown & Brown of Detroit
Delta Dental
Detroit LISC
Lenhard Financial Services
Liberty Construction
Alice Mason and Bob O’Brien
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
O’Brien Construction
Plante Moran
Kate and Randy Safford
Shelter Design Studio
John Van Camp
Neal F. and Esther Zalenko


Friend of SWS Sponsor
American Legion Post 372
Lori and Brad Critchfield
Corktown Community Development Fund
Development Centers
Lorna Dieter
Droste Group
Linda Forte
Genoa Healthcare
The Guidance Center
Leeb Partners
Levine Benjamin Law Firm
Jeanne and Eugene F. LoVasco
Marathon Petroleum Company
Judges Laura and Milton Mack
Molina Healthcare
Mulder & Horan PLLC
Northeast Guidance Center
O’Connor Real Estate Development
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
Prince Valley
Stephen C. Ragan
Martha and David Smydra
Thomas Group Consulting
The Waverly Group

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