Ruth Ellis Center Hosts Annual Voices Fundraiser

BTL Staff
By | 2016-09-15T09:00:00-04:00 September 15th, 2016|Michigan, News|


Voices isn’t just a fundraising event to support the incredible work happening at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park.
“It is an opportunity to share in an extraordinary legacy that continues to impact hundreds of young people each year,” REC Director of Development Mark Erwin-McCormick said about their annual gala on Sept. 22 at the Waterview Loft at Port Detroit.
The Voices event, presented by Lear Corporation, provides critical funding to support REC’s annual operations while also celebrating its dedicated and generous supporters, whose voices have allowed REC to serve runaway, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth for 16 years.
These LGBTQ young people are living in one of the most medically-underserved cities in the state of Michigan and will now have access to mental health, substance use disorder treatment and prevention, and primary healthcare.
Voices also celebrates REC’s new Health and Wellness Center scheduled to open this year to expand their services in Highland Park and Detroit.
By adding integrated behavioral and primary healthcare services, REC will take a critical step forward to meet the ever-changing needs of the young people they serve. Read more about REC’s partnership with the Henry Ford Health System online.
Erwin-McCormick said, “Being surrounded by people who have given their time, energy and resources so that LGBTQ youth, especially those rejected by their families, have a safe place to learn, grow, and be celebrated for who they are, just as they are, is one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had the privilege to share in.”
A a VIP reception from 6-7 p.m. is followed other festivities from 7-10 p.m. Guests can enjoy a strolling dinner, complimentary wine, beer and cocktails, a silent auction, short program and more. Tickets, from $175-275, are available at
Individuals, business owners, and corporations wishing to support Voices through event sponsorship are encouraged to contact Erwin-McCormick at for more information.

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