10th Annual Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction Breaks Records

We were overwhelmed with the response to this year's Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction that took place on April 14th at Ford Motor Company's Conference & Event Center in Dearborn.  The evening kicked-off with a lively fish-bowl auction, followed by a video introduction from MEP's innaugural All-Girls High School Robotics Team and later featured "Hope: A Window into Mercy Education Project," a film highlighting the journey of mother & daughter both receiving educational services at MEP.  Also of high emotional interest was the conferring of PHD (Positive attitude; Hard work; Dedication) awards to JoAnn Chávez, vice president and chief tax officer for DTE Energy; and Elizabeth "Betty" Brooks, Community Leader.

The night was one for the record books! Ford Conference Center was at capacity with more than 600 guests -- our biggest crowd ever -- participating in our most successful auction ever.  With the support from our amazing sponsors, we received our hightest level of sponsorship revenue ever.  We are extremely grateful to Presenting Sponsors; DTE Energy and Lear Corporation, along with Ford Motor Company, R. Hirt Jr., Co.,  Beaumont Health and Trinity Health for their significant sponsorships.

A huge word of thanks to our dinner attendees who supported the Hope for the Future appeal to help with our goal to significantly increase our College and Career Readiness programing for girls. Our goal was to raise $50,000 from the podium and to date we have surpassed the $72,000 mark – with more envelopes coming in each day. On behalf of the women and girls we serve, thank you for your generous gifts.


Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan Bresler
Director of Development & Marketing
Mercy Education Project

1450 Howard Street
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone:  (313) 963-5881
Fax:  (313) 963-0209
Email: [email protected]

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

"There is no more important work being done than that of Mercy Education Project, which is helping to craft the lives of future women leaders. I am so proud to be a part of its mission and purpose. MEP deserves the support of the entire state."

Rochelle Riley, Columnist and Author
Detroit Free Press

"We can't support every good cause, but Mercy Education Project achieves such profound academic results within its small budget …its programs must be sustained.  Too many young girls and women are in need of MEP’s services – they are counting on us.”

Denise Starr, Director of Human Resources
City of Detroit