DCF, mayor recognize Homecoming sponsors

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
The 2012 Dearborn Homecoming festival was made possible by 33 donors, led by presenting sponsor Oakwood Healthcare Inc. Sponsors who joined Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. (front row right) and Dearborn Community Fund Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard (front row second from right) at a reception in October were representatives from LaFontaine Automotive Group; Midwest Health Plan; Henry Ford Health System-Fairlane; Nickel and Saph Inc.; University of Michigan-Dearborn; Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Legacy Foundation Inc.; Said Deep/Deepsaidwhat.com; Henry Ford Community College; and Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Local Union 636. Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in supporting the 2013 Homecoming festival can call the Dearborn Community Fund at 313-943-5478.

DEARBORN – Known throughout the region for its fireworks, entertainment, family activities and carnival, Dearborn’s Homecoming festival is made possible each August through contributions from dozens of community-minded sponsors.

Homecoming is a project of the city and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund, which also works with other charitable and service organizations that participate in the festival, raising funds that each group returns to the community throughout the year.

Nine of the 33 sponsors of the 2012 Homecoming festival recently attended a reception where Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. thanked them for their support.

The mayor and DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard also shared an update about Homecoming, noting that the 2012 sponsors provided more than $95,000 to cover festival expenses.

“We’re proud that the Homecoming festival is still true to its original purpose from 34 years ago,” O’Reilly said. “It’s still a fun gathering place for families and friends and, equally important, an opportunity for the many worthy nonprofit organizations that serve our community to share their mission and raise funds to support the good work they do throughout the year.

“And we recognize that all of this would not be possible without the generous support of our Homecoming sponsors.”

The following sponsors were recognized for their support of the 2012 Homecoming festival.

For the third year in a row, Oakwood Healthcare Inc. was the presenting sponsor of Homecoming.

Kenwal Steel Corp. was the sponsor of the Saturday night fireworks show. (Fireworks also were presented on Sunday thanks to combined sponsor contributions.)

Gold sponsors were Ford Motor Co., LaFontaine Automotive Group; Severstal North America; Slurpee Only at 7-Eleven; Midwest Health Plan, sponsor of the new Homecoming Art Area; and Henry Ford Health System-Fairlane, which covers the free festival shuttles from Dearborn High School.

Silver sponsors were: ASG Renaissance, which designed the Homecoming brochure; Nickel and Saph Inc.; and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, sponsor of the free inflatable rides.

Bronze sponsors were: Cheli’s Chili Bar, Comerica Bank; Dearborn Federal Savings Bank; Double Olive; Italian American Fraternal Club; Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Legacy Foundation Inc., Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. and The Post bar.

Friends of Homecoming were: state Rep. George T. Darany; Said Deep/Deepsaidwhat.com; DFCU Financial; DTE Energy; Fairlane Town Center; Fordson Alumni Association; Henry Ford Community College; Jan Overhead Door; Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Local Union 636; Plante Moran, PLLC; Village Community Credit Union; and Village Ford.

The 2013 Homecoming — 34th annual — will be Aug 2 to 4 at Ford Field Park.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in supporting the 2013 Homecoming, and reaching more than 100,000 people with their sponsorship messages, can contact the Dearborn Community Fund at 313-943-5478.