Motown Records founder Berry Gordy to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Detroit

Metro Detroit's top leaders and newsmakers, including Mayor-elect Mike Duggan join for annual Legacy In Motion Gala at newly renovated Cobo Conference Center Grand Ballroom in Detroit
By: The Michigan Chronicle
DETROIT - Nov. 18, 2013 - PRLog -- DETROIT, MI – For the past nine years, Real Times Media ( and the Michigan Chronicle ( have sought to assess and reflect those who are standouts in the City of Detroit each year. The Legacy in Motion black tie gala, one of the premier metropolitan Detroit events, will celebrate and honor this year’s movers, shakers and newsmakers.

Saturday, December 7th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. several hundred senior level executives, political and business leaders, dignitaries, luminaries and guests will gather at the newly renovated Cobo Conference Center inside the Grand Ballroom in downtown Detroit to pay tribute to a prestigious group of individuals and organizations. The work done and successes achieved by this distinct class will be celebrated at this annual Legacy in Motion gala. Tickets are $150. Detroit’s own Ed Gordon will serve as event MC.

An event highlight, Motown founder Mr. Berry Gordy, Jr. will travel back to his Detroit hometown to receive the prestigious 2013 Legacy in Motion Lifetime Achievement Award during the gala amongst friends, family, colleagues and guests. Mayor-elect Mike Duggan will also be present to accept honors.

Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records in 1959. The record company grew into the most successful African American enterprise in the United States and was responsible for creating a new sound that changed popular music has transcended time.

“Mr. Gordy’s first job was as a newspaper boy for the Michigan Chronicle,” said Cathy Nedd, Chief Operating Officer for the Michigan Chronicle. “To have such an iconic figure that contributed his many talents in music and in business in order to create a cultural empire through music that the world will forever recognize is why Mr. Gordy so very much deserves this Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Nedd.

The full list of honorees and awards include:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Berry Gordy, Motown Records founder

Other awards and honorees include:

Company of the Year

Quicken Loans (,

Prestige Automotive (

 2013 Newsmaker of the Year Award

Mayor Elect Mike Duggan

 Community Spirit Award

Starr Commonwealth (

 2013 Newsmakers Award

Bishop P.A. Brooks, First Assistant Presiding Bishop – Church of God in Christ

US Congressman Gary Peters (

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ( (Detroit (, Southfield, Inkster and Pontiac Alumnae Chapters)

Special recognition will be awarded to nine former Women of Excellence honorees who retired this year:

·         Joyce Hayes Giles, DTE Energy

·         Carol Goss, Skillman Foundation

·         Patricia Maryland, Ascension

·         JoAnne Watson, Detroit City Council

·         Equilla Wainwright, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

·         Louise Guyton, Comerica

·         Karla Henderson, City of Detroit

·         Edith Killins, Wayne County Health & Human Services

·         Honorable Wendy Baxter, Retired Judge; WinWin Facilitation, PLLC

“This year’s Legacy in Motion theme, “Living for the City” honors recognizes and celebrates the top urban achievers of the year in signature style as our way of showcasing the honorees’ exceptional works and achievements across industries that help uplift our great city,” says Hiram Jackson,” publisher, the Michigan Chronicle.

For ticket information call (313) 963-5522. For interview or media requests, please contact Lisa Wilmore. at (313) 980-4766 or e-mail at


About The Michigan Chronicle

The Michigan Chronicle is the state’s oldest and most respected African Americannewspaper. Founded in April 1936, by Lucius Harper, the Michigan Chronicle editorialfocus is on reporting news, current events, community opinions and lifestyle information.

Historically, the Chronicle has been at the forefront of reporting major social and economic changes affecting African-Americans. Nearly 75 years after its first publication, the Chronicle continues to successfully be the voice of the African-American community in metropolitan Detroit. The power and influence of the Chronicle is recognized both locally and nationally. This award-winning weekly newspaper has received the prestigious John B. Russworm award for the "Best Black Newspaper in the Country" six times in the past 12 years.

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