The Community House honors local pillars of service and philanthropy at annual Bates Street Society Dinner

    The Community House, a nonprofit resource and destination for personal, professional, recreational and philanthropic pursuits, held its fourth annual Bates Street Society Dinner, hosted by The Community House and The Community House Foundation Boards of Directors, on Sat., Feb. 2.

    The prestigious annual event, presented this year by PNC Wealth Management, and held in The Community House in Birmingham, is a celebration of service and philanthropy, honoring those that make significant charitable contributions to support the work and mission of TCH. The evening was highlighted by the recognition of TCH’s annual, “Pillars of Vibrancy,” and an inspirational keynote address by Mrs. Cynthia Ford.

    The Community House’s Pillar Society is a network of exceptional individuals that have dedicated significant time and talent to helping build a more vibrant community. Each year, inductees are individuals that have made extraordinary contributions in one of the four essential areas of: culture, education, wellness and philanthropy.

    The 2019 Bates Street Society Dinner recognized eight new Pillars of Vibrancy, including:

    • Mitch Albom – Author, Journalist, Broadcaster and Philanthropist
    • Ric DeVore – PNC Regional President, Detroit and SE Michigan
    • Dr. Jeffrey Fischgrund – Orthopaedic Surgeon; Chairman of Orthopaedic Dept. at Beaumont Hospital: Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
    • Jennifer Granger – Co-Founder, Fashion x Philanthropy and Community Advocate
    • Arthur Horwitz – President & Publisher, Renaissance Media; Founder & President, Detroit Jewish News Foundation
    • Amy and Dan Loepp – President, Tattrie Strategies and President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    • Bill Roberts – Owner, Roberts Restaurant Group

    “The Bates Street Society Dinner offers the leadership and staff of the venerable Community House the opportunity to once a year take a pause from its own philanthropic and service endeavors to recognize, be inspired and to celebrate extraordinary individuals, pillars in our community, making a true and lasting difference,” said William D. Seklar, President and CEO of The Community House and The Community House Foundation.Founded in 1923, The Community House, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a resource for those seeking continuity between personal, professional, philanthropic and recreational pursuits. It is home to hundreds of classes, camps and social and charitable events annually, as well as an elite early childhood center and 14 other community non-profit organizations supported by TCH’s resources.