On May 11, 2017, over 150 women heard three well-deserving nonprofit grant applicants present their vision for making an impact on our community. At stake, a $100,000 grant award which would allow the winning nonprofit to make that vision reality. One-hundred Impact100 Metro Detroit members, each of whom had made a donation of $1,000 toward our collective grant, voted for the project they felt best served the community.  The winner – the Downtown Boxing Gym.  Their literacy program will have a huge and lasting impact on kids who need a positive force in their lives.

Congratulations Downtown Boxing Gym!

Detroit Boxing Gym-Impact100MD 2017 Award Winner
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Downtown Boxing Gym: Impact100 Metro Detroit 2017 $100,000 Grant Winner
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From left: Amy Bouque (Nonprofit Chair, Impact100), Kathryn Bentley (Grant Chair, Impact 100), Kristin Lusk (DBG), Khali Sweeney (DBG), Emily Eichenhorn (President, Impact100)

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Downtown Boxing Gym’s Mission: Through education, athletics, mentorship, and intervention, the Downtown Boxing Gym empowers Detroit students to be positive and productive members of society.

The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program currently serves more than 130 students between the ages of 7 and 18, and their wait list continues to grow. More than 75% of the enrolled students live within a 3-mile radius of the gym. Many are residents of the nearby public housing units. Their families benefit by witnessing and participating in our hands-on coaching methodology.

Click on their logo to visit their site and learn how you can support this dynamic mission.

 

Our two finalists, The Oakland Macomb Disability Network and Wolverine Human Services, both received smaller consolation grants to be used as they see fit.  These two organizations have tremendous plans to help, and we encourage our members to learn more about each of them.  The Oakland Macomb Disability Network is looking to implement their “REC-It” program.  They hope to purchase a van that they will fill with adaptive equipment, and plan to take the van to events throughout the tri-county area so that people of all ages with disabilities can participate along with their friends and neighbors.  Click here to visit their website.  Wolverine Human Services plans to create Core Orchard, the first and only commercial apple orchard in the city of Detroit, enabling a community currently plagued by blight and poverty to become a destination not only for Detroit residents but for suburban neighbors, offering nutritious food and opportunities for community employment and empowerment.  Visit their website to learn more.  Click here.

 

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2017 Impact100 Board Members (from left): Julie Weeks, Amy Scott, Amy Bouque, Barb Kaufman, Cassie Feld, Linda Kleist, Kathryn Bentley, Diane Soulliere, Khali Sweeney (DBG), Kim Huttenlocher, Kristin Lusk (DBG), Emily Eichenhorn, Lucy Simone, Wendy Dempsey, Maureen Olson. Board members not pictured: Amy Anger, Camille Jayne.

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