Franklin Wright Settlement hosted its annual Spirit of Giving Gala on Dec. 8 at DTE Energy Plaza. About 300 people attended the event, which included cocktails, dinner from Eurest Dining Services, dazzling entertainment from Alexander Zonjic and Serieux, and a program honoring a group of people who are committed to the Franklin Wright philosophy of service and sacrifice. Honorees included Maggie Allesee, Jemele Hill (who was unable to attend), Dr. Colleen Allen, Alexis Wiley and a special tribute to Aretha Franklin.
There was a bittersweet element to this event. Sadly, it was announced that Franklin Wright Settlements Board Chairman, the Rev. Dr. Robert Dulin, died the night before the event, just after writing his welcome speech for the gala. He was honored with a moment of silence.
Franklin Wright Settlements is America’s oldest settlement house, having spent 138 years of helping the child, preserving the family and strengthening the community. Tickets to the event were $150 per person, with proceeds benefiting the youth programs at Franklin Wright.