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.


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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