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Celebration of Impact


Friday, September 27, 2024

Celebrating 25,000 Lives Changed


Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI
6:00 PM

Our Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction

Celebration of Impact is MiSide's largest annual event where we honor the work of our volunteers, donors, and supporters. This is our opportunity to share the impact of our efforts and recognize all the individuals who were involved in making a difference in our communities. This work wouldn't be possible without you. The more you give, the greater impact we can make in Detroit.

What makes it special?

All proceeds go to ensure that children, individuals, families, and communities have access to great healthcare, quality education, a comfortable home, and the money they need to build a life they desire.

Don't miss out on the chance to make a real difference, change lives and communities all while having a wonderful time. 

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Donate To Our Auction

Every year we have individuals and local business donate items to make our auction fun and unforgettable. There is nothing like raising a paddle and changing lives. 

Items donated in the past include:

Special Experiences or Excursions
Safaris and getaways
Lions tickets
Wine collections
and more! 

If you would like to donate an item, service, or get an idea for an item to donate contact us. 

The Clement Kern Award for Social Impact

Monsignor Clement Kern devoted his life to serving the city and its people, sepecially the poor and disenfranchised. He was known as “the conscience of Detroit” because of his passionate commitment to social justice. 

Father Kern founded Southwest Solutions in 1970 as a small community mental health agency in southwest Detroit, as area recognized as the most diverse neighborhood in Michigan. The agency has developed into one of Detroit’s largest and most impactful social service organizations. 

The Clement Kern Awards for Social Impact honor local and national leaders who embody Monsignour Clement Kern’s same dedication to help those in need, provide opportunities to succeed, and create a more equitable society.

This year's honorees:


JoAnn Chávez

Chávez is senior vice president and chief legal officer for DTE Energy. In addition, she is an advocate for young people, most recently founding the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative, a Michigan nonprofit that focuses on economic equity and provides opportunities for first-generation Hispanic students to graduate from college. She is a past chairwoman of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directions, sits on the board of the DTE Energy Foundation, and was recently appointed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the State of Michigan Women’s Commission.


Osvaldo Rivera

Osvaldo “Ozzie” Rivera, born in Puerto Rico and longtime resident of southwest Detroit, has over fifty years in community advocacy and human services. He has held key roles including Executive Director of Latino Family Services and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Madonna University. Rivera teaches at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, writes for El Central newspaper, and serves on Detroit’s Historic Designation Advisory Board. An arts and cultural activist, he co-founded Casa de Unidad, hosted Caribe Serenade, and led the Afro Puerto Rican troupe RicanStruction and the band La Inspiracion.

Pictures from Celebration of Impact 2023

2023 Sponsors


Emily and Henry Ford, III

Fiftieth Anniversary

Edw. C. Levy Co.

Affordable Homeownership

Fifth Third Bank
Flagstar Bank

Veteran Champion

Bridgeway Services, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Ending Homelessness

Edward C. and Linda Dresner
Levy Foundation
Judy Yaker

Employment Opportunity

Laura Appel
Bank of Ann Arbor
Buckberg Helwick Fund
DTE Foundation
Henry Ford Health
Marsh McLennan Agency
Aleksandra Miziolek and Gary Greenfelder Fund
Kenny and Sarah Miller
Nagle Paving Company
Nancy Schlicting and Pam Theisen
PCE Systems
PNC Bank
Rocket Community Fund
The Skillman Foundation
The Waverly Group


Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation 
Matthew and Mona Simoncini 
Joanne and John Carter 
Greektown Casino 
Seth Lloyd
Judge Milton and Laura Mack

Brad and Lori Critchfield 
Plante Moran 
Baker Tilly 
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) 
Joe and Karen Tasse

Bridgewater Interiors 
Assured Partners 
Sterling Insurance Group 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan