Posted on September 13, 2023
Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, business, civic and nonprofit leaders gathered to network and celebrate Advancing Macomb’s recent accomplishments at the 7th annual Summer Soirée. The event was hosted by board member Jodi Switalski and took place at the Switalski Law offices in downtown Mount Clemens.
Brian Pilarski, board chair of Advancing Macomb kicked off the event by announcing the grant for $118,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation for operational capacity building. The funding will support Advancing Macomb’s mission of convening resources to solve community challenges and enrich the lives of Macomb County residents.
Pilarski also highlighted several other recent accomplishments, including:
Advancing Macomb board member Maria Silamianos welcomed guests on behalf of collabPEO, the presenting sponsor. Silamianos, one of the longest-serving board members, noted that she is thrilled to see the growth of the organization.
The speaking portion of the program concluded with Jeri Hunley, president and founder of Single Family Living, speaking about her experience with the Advancing Macomb Nonprofit Roundtable. Through the monthly sessions, Hunley says that she has gained overwhelming support for her organization and a sense of community. Single Family Living helps single parents achieve their goals while also mentoring children from single-parent homes.
In addition to Switalski Law and collabPEO, First State Bank and Consumers Energy served as event sponsors, helping to make the annual Summer Soirée possible. The support of sponsors as well as board members, community leaders and volunteers is critical in helping Advancing Macomb transform its vision for Macomb County into a reality.
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