Judson Center embraces virtual format for its annual gala on November 5 to build brighter futures for children and families - Judson Center

Judson Center embraces virtual format for its annual gala on November 5 to build brighter futures for children and families

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Katie Groves, Judson Center; Katie_Groves@JudsonCenter.org; 248.554.6435

Farmington Hills, Mich. —October 21, 2021— Adopting a flexible approach to manage the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, Judson Center announces the return of its annual fundraising gala, A Night to Embrace, November 5 in a virtual format. Huntington Bank serves as the gala’s title sponsor, with David Provost, Retired Executive Chairman of TCF Bank, as the gala chair.

Proceeds from the event will provide critical funding to Judson Center’s child and family service programs including foster care and adoption in tandem with its affiliate, Child Safe Michigan, autism programs, behavioral health services, employment services for persons with disabilities, and primary care for all ages through Judson Center Health. Judson Center President and CEO Lenora Hardy-Foster said flexibility is key to an organization’s sustainability through the pandemic.

“Although not in person, we are happy to bring the spirit of the evening into the homes of our generous sponsors and supporters,” Hardy-Foster shared. “Our event last year garnered fantastic participation from those who appreciate Judson Center’s mission and impact, and our hope is to continue that level of engagement again this year. We will look to next year for the in-person gathering that brings nearly 600 people together to celebrate Judson Center.”

This year’s live virtual broadcast from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. will celebrate the many 2021 accomplishments of Judson Center. A single virtual ticket includes an at-home cocktail kit (within a 50-mile radius of Troy, Michigan) and the chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. Attendees will be able to bid on featured live auction prizes including a choice of trips to Cabo San Lucas or a Vidanta Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya or Los Cabos in Mexico. A complete list of sponsor packages and the opportunity to purchase virtual ads for the program can be viewed here. The deadline to purchase a program ad is Friday, October 22.

For more information about A Night to Embrace, please visit https://www.judsoncenter.org/events/judson-centers-gala/, or contact Katie Groves at Katie_Groves@judsoncenter.org or 248.554.6435.


A Night to Embrace Gala:

  • When: Friday, November 5, 2021 with a live broadcast airing 6 p.m – 7 p.m.
  • Where: judsoncenter.org/gala
  • Program: Opening remarks by CEO Lenora Hardy-Foster, a message of gratitude by Gala Chair David Provost, plus silent and live auctions
  • Tickets: starting at $300
  • Order: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/anteg2/


About Judson Center

Judson Center, trusted by Michigan families for more than 97 years, is a non-profit human service agency that provides expert, comprehensive services that strengthen children, adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental, behavioral and physical health challenges so they can achieve whole health, well-being, and maximum potential. Judson Center also offers integrated primary healthcare for all through Judson Center Health in Warren and is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Since opening its doors in 1924, Judson Center has grown to change the lives of nearly 12,000 children, adults, and families each year. Judson Center has offices in Genesee, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. Headquarters are located at 30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3277.  Learn more at https://www.judsoncenter.org/.