HFCC hosts annual Women’s Recognition Luncheon March 22

DEARBORN – Henry Ford Community College’s 40th annual Women’s Recognition Luncheon will host three women leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the Student and Culinary Arts Center, located on the college’s main Evergreen Road campus. Tickets are $40.

A fin can ($5 dollar) raffle will begin at 11 a.m. The luncheon and program will begin at noon.

The purpose of the luncheon is to raise money to support Student Outreach and Support and its Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to HFCC students who require emergency financial resources to help them stay in school and complete their education.

“Each year, more and more students take advantage of this fund,” HFCC SOS Coordinator Brenda Hildreth said. “It addresses minor financial emergencies (a lost textbook, a bus card, car repairs) that could cause a student to drop out of school.”

The luncheon’s panel of presenters includes:

• Debbie Dingell: Currently the president of D2 Strategies, Dingell is chairwoman of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council. She is an active civic and community leader in both Michigan and Washington, D.C., and is recognized as a national advocate for women and children. She recently completed a more than 30-year career at General Motors Corp. as a senior executive, where she headed the GM Foundation. She is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn).

• Brenda Lawrence: The first female and black  mayor of the city of Southfield, serving since 2001, Lawrence was the Democratic nominee for Michigan lieutenant governor in 2010.

• Deb Drummond: A military veteran with approximately 10 years experience, Drummond is past president of the local MI-2 Chapter of the Women Marines Association. She has served as the chair of National Membership of the Women Marines Association and Adjutant of Marine Corps League Detachment 162.

Jacqueline Lawson, an instructor in the HFCC Business and Economics Division, will modulate the panel discussion.

HFCC also seeks sponsors for this event. There are five specific sponsorship levels available:

• Diamond Sponsorship ($2,500): This package includes eight tickets for the luncheon;

• Gold Sponsorship ($1,000): This package includes six tickets for the luncheon;

• Silver Sponsorship ($500): This package includes four tickets for the luncheon;

• Bronze Event Luncheon Scholarship ($300): This package includes two tickets for the luncheon;

• Pearl Sponsorship ($100): Straight donation for the luncheon.

Payment may be made by check or money order payable to the HFCC Foundation. The deadline is March 12. Payments should be made to: Henry Ford Community College Foundation, 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI, 48128-1495.

Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Sponsors can also safely and securely donate online at https://my.hfcc.edu/RegForms/donation.asp, and select “Other” as the gift designation and add sponsorship level and number of tickets in the comments section. Donors may also phone in their charge to the HFCC Office of Development at 313-317-4092. For more information about the event, go to http://www.hfcc.edu/womensrecognitionluncheon/.

Raffle items can be donated by sending them to Cyndi Parrelly in care of the above-mentioned address. Parrelly can be reached at 313-845-9650 and via email at cparrelly@hfcc.edu. All donations – monetary and otherwise – must be received by March 8.

For further information, call 313-317-1700.