Walsh Leadership Awards Dinner Exceeds Fundraising Goal

Fundraising that exceeded expectations, moving testimonials from Walsh scholarship recipients and the presentation of an inaugural award, the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, to the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, highlighted Walsh’s 2018 Leadership Awards Dinner on October 11 at the Townsend Hotel.

Nearly 300 guests, including Senator Marty Knollenberg and Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, attended the Leadership Awards Dinner, which was emceed by Brad Galli of WXYZ-TV. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Chemical Bank and Platinum Sponsor Plastipak.

Merrill Lynch kicked off scholarship fundraising with a matching gift challenge, which was met and then exceeded by another matching challenge from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation. Chemical Financial Corporation President and CEO David Provost then spontaneously announced a gift from Chemical Financial to meet the stretch goal for the evening. In total, attendees raised more than $90,000 to fund two new full-ride scholarships and add to the Jeffery W. Barry Endowed Scholarship and the Leadership Awards Endowed Scholarship.

Other awards of the evening included Walsh Distinguished Lifetime Service honoree Richard Aginian, Walsh Trustee and Retired President & Publisher, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers; David Provost, President and CEO, Chemical Financial Corporation, for the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service and Alan C. Young (MST, Walsh ’85), Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C., for the Walsh Distinguished Alumni Award.

A live auction included two original works created during the event by speed painter Jared Emerson. Raffle prizes included custom-designed jewelry from Astrein’s Jeweler and an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite at The Townsend Hotel. Since it began in 2000, Walsh’s Leadership Awards Dinner has raised more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds.

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