8th Annual MVP Awards Dinner

March 3, 2017

Detroit PAL hosted the 8th Annual JAC Products MVP Awards, presented by Bridgewater Interiors with VIP Sponsor Flex-N-Gate on March 2nd at the Detroit Yacht Club. Approximately 400 people, including sponsors, donors, volunteers, PAL staff, and Detroit PAL supporters enjoyed a great dinner and a wonderful program.

The MVP Awards Dinner gives PAL the great opportunity to honor individuals and organizations that are helping aid in our mission.

We were excited to announced Meijer as the presenting sponsor of the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the event with a $750,000 gift. The Willie Horton Field of Dreams, presented by Meijer, will allow kids from Detroit and the surrounding communities to play diamond sports, football, soccer, cheerleading, and more at the new headquarters and stadium.

PAL was excited to award four of our Most Valuable Players from the last year!

Meijer was recognized with the Dave Bing “Leadership” Award for their presenting sponsorship of the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the new Detroit PAL Headquarters. This incredible investment will allow Detroit PAL to grow youth leadership and development programming at the site while re-imagining the iconic location.

The Detroit Pistons accepted the Scodellaro/Boylan “Builder” Award Award for their continued support of the Detroit PAL Recreational Basketball Program. In 2016, the Detroit Pistons announced a $300,000 gift to Detroit PAL to help grow youth basketball programming in the city of Detroit. Detroit PAL has increased participation and improved the league, including boys and girls leagues, the Little Hoopers program, camps, and clinics.

The night’s final award was presented to the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), who received the Varner/Tenbusch “Game Changer” Award for their hard work for equality in sports and their partnership with Detroit PAL. Detroit PAL is proud to serve alongside RISE in this critical endeavor as its very first youth athletic partner in the country. The partnership between RISE and PAL will ensure young people from different backgrounds will have the opportunity to compete with and against each other.

We also recognized a program volunteer with the Cynthia Covington “Volunteer of the Year” Award and introduced our 2017 Youth Ambassador. This year, Detroit Police Officer Donald Parker was honored for his participation in the Team Up Program, and Caidon Haliburton was named the 2017 representative of Detroit PAL’s 13,000 youth athletes.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Detroit PAL MVP Awards!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors:

Title Sponsor: JAC Products
Presenting Sponsor: Bridgewater Interiors
VIP Sponsor: Flex-N-Gate
Platinum Sponsors: Coca-Cola, Conway MacKenzie, GTB, Signature Associates
Gold Sponsors: Duffey Petrosky, Hutchinson, INeedMD Holdings, Inc., Martinrea, Magna, Tooles-Roncelli
Silver Sponsors: DTE Energy, Roechling Automotive