SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 2017DTE ENERGY HEADQUARTERS DETROIT, MI Schedule of Events:
6:00PM-6:30PM WAAM Reception (invite only)
6:30PM-9:30PM Michigan Shines for Autism Gala Event
9:30PM-1:00AM Champions' Night AfterglowBUY TICKETS
The evening begins with a private cocktail reception hosted by the new Women Advocating for Autism in Michigan (WAAM) group alongside the event chairs, host committee and presenting sponsors followed by a silent auction filled with unique items and experiences to bid on.
Guests are then seated in the main hall for dinner and a formal program featuring the work of Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) and a lineup of distinguished speakers.
Following the program, guests are invited to dance the night away at the Champions’ Night Afterglow party complete with live music, an open bar, late night snacks and party games.
David E. Meador
Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer,
DTE Energy Company
Cynthia J. Pasky
Founder, President & CEO,
Strategic Staffing Solutions
2017 HOST COMMITTEE
Karen & Frank Beckmann
Lt. Gov Brian & Julie Calley
Rep. Debbie Dingell
David & Jennifer Fischer
Eugene Gargaro Jr.
Council President Brenda Jones
Jason & Andrea Jones
Steve & Rene LaFave
Representative Tom & Jenell Leonard
Doug & Carole Maibach
Dan & Cindy Miller
Raj & Wendy Nair
Gary Peters, U.S. Senator
Sandy & Tom Pierce
Patrick & Karen Smithbauer
Dr. Lorna Thomas
Bishop Edgar Vann
WOMEN ADVOCATING FOR AUTISM IN MICHIGAN COMMITTEE
Josie Norcia, Chair
Andrea Jones, Vice Chair
Last year, over 500 Michigan business leaders, legislators and individuals gathered together at the 5th annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala to raise an astonishing $608,000 in support of Michigan families affected by autism.
So where does all that money go? See below:
1,748families have received free guidance and case management for their autism related questions and concerns through our MiNavigator program.
15,913first responders including police officers, EMS, fire and other community members have been trained in autism safety and awareness.
1,535healthcare providers have participated in AAoM's Crisis Training to better serve their patients affected by autism.
1,056caregivers have attended our free Navigating Autism Today educational conferences across the state.
9,127families have attended one of our many autism friendly, family-fun events across the state.
100children who wander from safety have been offered a free scholarship for a wearable GPS device.
World Class Silent Auction
Each year, the AAoM Auction Committee works tirelessly to create a robust silent auction of over 60 packages. If you are interested in donating an item or soliciting items on our behalf, please use the attached form or contact Lauren.Lewis@aaomi.org for more information.
Immediately following the 6th annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala, Gala guests are invited down to DTE Energy’s lobby to dance the night away with over 200 young professionals at the 3rd annual Champions’ Night Afterglow. This late-night event provides live entertainment, late-night snacks, open bar, dancing, party games and more all in honor of Michigan families affected by autism.