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Legacy Associates Foundation
Annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner

Saturday April 28, 2007 - Legacy Associates Foundation's
9th Annual Scholarship Dinner - "Seeds of Today, Trees of Tomorrow"

Scholarship Dinner Chair
Charter One Bank - Jacqueline Wiggins, Director of Public Affairs
Master of Ceremonies
Gerald Smith - Director of Corporate Affairs for Comcast Cable

Event Details
The location of this year's scholarship fundraising dinner was the beautiful Max M. Fisher Music Center on April 28, 2007 to celebrate The Legacy Associates Foundation's (L.A.F.) 9th Annual Scholarship Dinner titled "Seeds of Today, Trees of Tomorrow". The dinner, created to increase awareness in the community about LAF's services and programs, proudly welcomed former U.S. Congressman Mr. Harold Ford, Jr. ( as our guest speaker. Almost 350 guests filled the Music Box to hear the new vice chairman and senior advisor of public policy for Merrill Lynch deliver a electric and dynamic speech. Mr. Gerald Smith of Comcast Cable did a masterful job as the Master of Ceremonies.

With the help of dedicated sponsors including Charter One Bank, Merrill Lynch, Comcast Cable, Comerica Bank, State Farm Insurance, Skillman Foundation, Greektown Casino, New Detroit Coalition, Mary & Wilburn Daniels Scholarship Fund, DTE Energy, The Michigan Citizen, Radio One, HOUR Detroit Magazine and CW50, the dinner raised more than $60,000. These support dollars will be used to support the organization's year-round initiatives and annual scholarships to be awarded this summer to deserving high school seniors attending a 4-year accredited institutions of higher learning.

"We are grateful to our sponsors, the media, friends, family and community for helping to make this event a huge success," said Caleb Rutledge, newly elected President of Legacy Associates Foundation. "The LAF Annual Scholarship Dinner is proof of the positive people, the spirit in the City of Detroit and our community's commitment to our youth."

L.A.F. has completed accepting applications from Detroit area students to receive scholarships that extend far beyond the monetary value. If you are a student in the metro Detroit area and seeking summer programs, scholarships, college tours, etc. - visit our "student resource" page by clicking here.

Program Objective

The L.A.F. Annual Scholarship Dinner was created with the intent to allow constituents, friend and family of Legacy Associates Foundation to come together in support of our year-round efforts focused on the development of youth. Legacy members interact with and educate guests on the activities, programs, services, achievements and goals of the organization. This opportunity also allows us to provide special thanks and appreciation for the support that empowers the work of our membership, advisory board members and our community partners.

Program Goal
The goal of the Annual Scholarship Dinner is to raise the level of awareness to the programs and services our organization provides within the community for the benefit of youth. Additionally, we seek to raise the maximum amount of support dollars that will allow us to provide scholarships to high school seniors attending a 4-year, accredited institution of higher learning. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students during the summer months of each year.

Event Audience
Community members, family, friends, students, civic and community organizations, past scholarship recipients, representatives of mentor groups, business leaders, and more. Essentially, the event is open to all who desire to support the overall mission and goals of our organization.

Moments from the 2007 Scholarship Dinner at the
Music Box at The Max M. Fisher Music Center
April 28th, 2007

Members of Legacy Associates Foundation (L.A.F.)


Members of Legacy Associates Foundation with Keynote Speaker Mr. Harold Ford, Jr.


Mr. Harold Ford, Jr. delivers his keynote address to almostg 350 guests at the
Music Box of The Max M. Fisher Music Center.


Supporters of the Legacy Associates Foundation mission enjoy themselves in the Music Box of the 9th Annual Scholarship Dinner.


Jacqueline Wiggins, 2007 Dinner Chair and Director of Public Affairs for Charter One Bank, enjoys a moment during the dinner program.


Mentee and Michigan State University upcoming freshman Robert Wardford delivers his message of Legacy's value to his educational and personal success.


Words provided to audience by Legacy Associates Foundation
President, Mr. Caleb Rutledge.


Master of Ceremonies Mr. Gerald Smith of Comcast Cable prepares guests
for the scholarship dinner and program


Students of the Midnight Golf Program join together prior to the start of the event.


Mr. Caleb Rutledge, President of LAF, presents an appreciation award on behalf of Legacy Associates Foundation to Dinner Chair, Jacqueline Wiggins
of Charter One Bank.


Special guests, Mayor of Southfield Brenda Lawrence and Merrill Lynch (Platinum Sponsor) Central Division Director Mr. Brent Brenard.


Guests of the 9th Annual Dinner with Harold Ford, Jr.


Members of the dais (head table) take time to gather together at
Legacy's scholarship fundraising dinner.


Keynote Speaker Mr. Harold Ford, Jr. offers words to the guests of the Merrill Lynch VIP Reception in the beautiful Max M. Fisher Donor's Lounge.


Legacy Associates Foundation students from Detroit Public Schools await the start of the 9th Annual Scholarship Dinner.


New Detroit President, Shirley Stancato, and keynote speaker Harold Ford, Jr. share words during the Merrill Lynch Private Reception in the
Max M. Fisher Donor's Lounge.