BUF of Michigan 49th Anniversary Gala featuring the Detroit Youth Choir; special recognition given to Vinnie Johnson, former Detroit Piston
Local Businesses Celebrate Metro Detroit Youth and Honor Detroit Piston's Legend and Businessman Vinnie Johnson with the Rayford Award
Platinum Level Sponsor is Magna International and Platinum Level co-chairs include: Sylvester Hester, President, Global Automotive Alliance; Bruce Smith, President & CEO, Detroit Manufacturing Systems; and Dr. Curtis Ivery, Chancellor, Wayne County Community College District
By: BUF of Michigan
BUF of Michigan is committed to supporting, developing, and implementing impactful youth empowerment programs through collaborative partnerships for underserved, underrepresented in the community. BUF of Michigan's innovative initiative titled E.Y.E.S. (Empowering Youth for Everyday Success) addresses the need to support children and youth with STEM focused educational resources that help them succeed academically, financially and socially.
The 49th Gala for the first time will be led by empowered young people. A special appearance will be made by the Detroit Youth Choir fresh from America's Got Talent.
BUF has great support from platinum Level Sponsor Magna International. Platinum Level sponsors and co-chairs include Sylvester Hester, President, Global Automotive Alliance; Bruce Smith, President & CEO, Detroit Manufacturing Systems; and Dr. Curtis Ivery, Chancellor, Wayne County Community College District.
In addition, special recognition will be given to Vinnie Johnson, former Detroit Piston and Chairman and CEO of the Piston Group, who will be given the BUF Rayford Award for his outstanding support to the community.
"Our community is grateful to have people like Vinnie Johnson who are consistent, have compassion and are dependable to lend their support to improving our neighborhoods. Vinnie is well deserving of the Rayford Award because he exemplifies the characteristics of what Ms. Rayford gave to BUF and the community," said Ken Donaldson, president and CEO of BUF of Michigan.
On Thursday October 24, 2019, BUF of Michigan will celebrate 49 years as a community based non-profit. Over 700 guests are expected to attend with a host of corporate, business and community partners. Visit www.bufofmi.org for more information.