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Shining Light Awards Ceremony is October 11


Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards

Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition


Thursday, October 11, 2012 (8-9:30 a.m.)


Ford Conference & Event Center

1151 Village Road

Dearborn, Michigan 48124-5033

The 2012 Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards will be awarded to Allan Gilmour, Larry Alexander, Kathleen Hatke Aro, and Donnell White for their important contributions to regional cooperation, progress, and understanding in Southeast Michigan, at a special breakfast celebration on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the Ford Conference & Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan, beginning at 8 a.m.

Allan Gilmour, President, Wayne State University, will receive the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership.  This award honors those in the public spotlight who are having a regional impact and may be taking risks or demonstrating courage to improve regional cooperation, progress, and understanding.

Larry Alexander, President and CEO, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Kathleen Hatke Aro, President, Accounting Aid Society, will receive the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award. This award recognizes an individual who may not have yet received the widespread recognition he or she deserves for longstanding efforts to serve the community and further regional cooperation.

Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP, will receive the Dave Bing Future Leader Award. This award recognizes a young adult who has demonstrated regional leadership early in his/her career.

Video stories of each winner from Detroit Free Press videographers will be presented, as well as a special tribute to Neal Shine.

The event is sponsored by DTE Energy, Clark Hill, and Humana. 

The Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition launched the Shining Light Awards in 2007 to highlight the critical importance of regional leadership and cooperation to the success of Southeast Michigan. The awards are named in honor of the late Neal Shine, former Detroit Free Press editor and publisher, who consistently demonstrated his dedication and commitment to the Greater Detroit community.

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Contacts: Debora Scola, Detroit Media Partnership, 313-222-6895, or Susan Krichbaum, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, 313-324-3347,

/PRNewswire -- Oct. 8, 2012/

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