8th Annual Doorway to the Future Dinner is Huge Success


MEP held its 8th annual Doorway to the Future Dinner on March 20th at Cobo Center's Grand Riverview Ballroom.   The gorgeous view along the Detroit River on a sunny near-spring day was a perfect backdrop for the event's inspiring program that drew 330 MEP donors, volunteers, students, staff and supporters.  We are indebted to our many sponsors including Presenting Sponsor, Lear Corporation, that donated over $110,000 in sponsorships to benefit MEP's Girls and Women's academic tutoring programs.  Emcee Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press Columnist, provided excellent facilitation of a program that included riveting testimonials from Girls' Tutor Carrie Budzinski and student Tchinarold; inspiring remarks from honorees; a rousing appeal from Sr. Canice Johnson for the MEP Endowment;  as well as the lively annual auction.
This year's PHD (Positive Attitudes, Hard Work, Dedication) Honorees were Shari Burgess, Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Diversity Officer, Lear Corporation; as well as Cindy Estrada, Vice President, International Union UAW.  MEP Excutive Director Amy Amador, Executive Director said of them, "They inspire our students to aim high and believe in brighter futures," she added.

A big Thank You goes out to everyone who attended the dinner, those who donated to our auction, and all of our sponsors.  It is because of you that MEP continues to be able to open the doors to brighter futures for the women and girls who attend our academic empowerment programs.

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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.


"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017


"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016