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WINNING FUTURES PARTY RAISES $32,000

WARREN, Mich., April 01, 2014 – Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares at-risk youth for success, raised over $32,000 for its life skills, mentoring and scholarship programs at an Opening Day Party targeting business professionals on March 31, 2014.

Opening Day Post Collage            The event, sponsored by local businesses Bernard Financial Group, Farm Bureau Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, Maris, Brown and Rossell Insurance Group, MotorCity Office Solutions and O’Keefe, was held at the Gem Theatre where over 400 clients and executive level staff shared food and drinks in celebration of the Detroit Tigers home opener.

Money raised at the event will support the Winning Futures’ mentoring programs in Detroit, Harper Woods, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Warren, enabling high school students to partner with business mentors for the school year. Students will meet with their mentors on a weekly basis and complete fun, structured activities focused on character value development, goal setting, job readiness skills, and strategic five-year planning.

Contributions from the event will also support $25,000 in scholarships for the “RARE Everyday Hero Scholarship Program.” RARE honors real heroes that are changing lives, inspiring others and have made a difference through extraordinary commitment, integrity, selflessness and courage. RARE provides a forum for students to write about Everyday Heroes in their communities to help them see possibilities and make the connection to fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. High school seniors in Michigan are awarded $2,500 scholarships and the heroes they write about are honored annually at Winning Futures’ Night of Heroes event.

“Each year we are more and more amazed at the generosity and commitment of our sponsors and their guests,” said Kristina Marshall, President and CEO of Winning Futures. “Enabling us to provide mentors and scholarships to high school students that show great potential, the money raised at this event is integral to helping our kids reach their goals and continue their educational success. We truly thank each of our sponsors and all attendees for their continued support and charitable spirits. Together, we can make a difference in young people’s lives.”

Winning Futures is an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning.  We partner with high schools in metro Detroit to facilitate weekly innovative mentoring sessions in the school where we engage youth through trusting relationships with mentors, energizing experiences, and unforgettable life lessons.  This weekly program is unique in that it has a fun, structured curriculum where mentors teach students though hands-on activities, written exercises, and group discussions.  We focus on character value development, self-exploration, goal setting, job readiness skills, overcoming obstacles, and strategic planning.  Over 95% of students continue their education past high school and we have awarded over $1.9M in scholarships to local youth.  Since 1994, 30,000 students have been impacted by Winning Futures.

Opening Day Party Photos Now Online

Nearly 200 photos from our Opening Day party are now posted online!  Click here to check them out and see all the fun we had with our 650+ guests at the event.

Two Weeks Left to Get Your Opening Day Party Tickets!

Opening Day Party

There are only two weeks left to get your Opening Day tickets!!! Just 50 tickets are available for individual sale to non-event sponsors, so click here for details and to buy your tickets today to network with 600+ business professionals and enjoy the party! 

Corks & Forks Event Photos Now Online

Photos from Winning Futures’ February 9th Corks & Forks charity wine tasting are now online.  Over 200 guests attended the fundraiser which also featured the inaugural presentation of the Sam Cupp Impact Award to our Business Man, Business Woman and Company of the Year.  As in years past, the Reserve at Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham, Michigan hosted the event.

Click here to view the photos.

Volunteer as a Corks & Forks Wine Pourer and Attend the Event for FREE

Winning Futures Corks & Forks 2
Would you like to attend Winning Futures’ February 9 Corks & Forks charity wine tasting and strolling dinner free of charge? Then volunteer to be a Corks & Forks wine pourer. The event will be held on Saturday, February 9 at The Reserve at Big Rock Chop House. Shifts are available from between 5-10 p.m. All volunteers need to do is pour wine – no wine knowledge is necessary as experts will be on hand to answer guests’ questions. Volunteers will be given breaks to enjoy food, wine and networking.

Don’t delay – volunteer today. Space is limited, so save your spot by e-mailing brad@winningfutures.org. Event details may be found on our website here.

Diversified Restaurant Holdings and eTitle Agency CEOs and SRG Global to receive Sam Cupp Impact Award February 9

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CONTACT: Kris Marshall
kris@winningfutures.org
(248) 709-4488

Diversified Restaurant Holdings and eTitle Agency CEOs and SRG Global to receive Sam Cupp Impact Award February 9

WARREN, MI, January 16, 2013 – In honor of our late founder, Sam Cupp, Winning Futures will honor T. Michael Ansley, President/CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc., Linda Orlans, CEO of eTitle Agency and Warren-based automotive supplier SRG Global with the first Sam Cupp Impact Awards. This award recognizes Ansley’s and Orlans’ success in both business and in their charitable endeavors.  Even though Sam Cupp had 28 companies employing over 2,000 individuals, he was most proud of his creation and support of Winning Futures.

“As a successful business owner, Sam Cupp created Winning Futures as a way to impact local youth through mentoring, goal setting, strategic planning, and scholarship programs,” said Winning Futures’ President and CEO Kristina Marshall. “He not only funded the organization, he also worked directly with the students, mentors, and teachers. When he passed away last year, we wanted to pay tribute to his legacy by honoring those whose lives and work reflect the values he lived by. Michael Ansley and Linda Orlans are both shining examples of his dedication to thriving in business and having an impact on the community.”

Michael Ansley

Michael Ansley opened his first Buffalo Wild Wing (BWW) location in Sterling Heights in 1999, and has since opened a new BWW restaurant in Michigan every year. In the spring of 2004, the company opened its first Florida location and continues to grow in that market. In 2008, the company opened its first Bagger Dave’s, a full-service restaurant and bar in Berkley. In total, Ansley operates 45 restaurants in Michigan, Florida, Illinois and Indiana. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Restaurant Association.

Linda Orlans

As a dedicated attorney, entrepreneur, public speaker and community leader, Linda Orlans approaches her roles with energy and a desire to deliver as much value as she can to others.  A lifelong resident of Michigan, Orlans established Orlans Associates, PC in 1996 with only a few employees. This enterprise has grown to now employing 700 people with 7 expert real estate service companies and law firms that specialize in real property law in several states in the mid-Atlantic region.  Orlans Associates, P.C. and the award winning eTitle Agency, Inc. are headquarted in Troy, Michigan.

SRG GlobalSRG Global’s corporate presence has extended into six countries over the years, yet they have remained committed to supporting their hometown and its surrounding community by assisting organizations such as Winning Futures.  SRG Global has been a significant and valued supporter of the Winning Futures mentoring program since 2002 and has helped many organizations and nonprofits such as Winning Futures that rely on corporate support to achieve their goals and positively impact their communities. 

Ansley and Orlans will receive their awards at a special reception preceding Winning Futures’ Corks and Forks charity wine tasting event on February 9, 2013. The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. at The Reserve at Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham, Michigan. Tickets are $150 which includes admittance to the Corks and Forks VIP Pre-Party as well as general admission to the event.  Congratulatory program book ads are also available by calling Julie Rayes at 586-698-4416. Call 586-294-8449 or visit www.winningfutures.org/Corks&Forks.html for event details and to buy tickets today.

Winning Futures is an award winning nonprofit organization that makes a difference in the lives of young people by offering school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. Its programs focus on the life skills of character value identification, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning. Founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Sam Cupp, Winning Futures now partners with organizations throughout the country to implement our life skills workbooks and activities. For more information, visit www.winningfutures.org or call 586-294-8449.

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MENTORS NEEDED TO SUPPORT CASS TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL AND HARPER WOODS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

*** MEDIA ALERT ***
September 12, 2011

WHAT: Complimentary lunch at Hockeytown Café to introduce community members to Winning Futures and recruit new mentors for upcoming programs at Cass Technical High School and Harper Woods High School

WHO: Winning Futures, a school-based mentoring program.

WHEN: September 30, 2011 ~ 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hockeytown Café, 2301 Woodward, Detroit, MI

COST: FREE and open to the public with food and drinks provided.

Pre-registration is required for attendance at www.WinningFutures.org.

Why: Winning Futures is a school-based mentoring program seeking volunteer mentors for its inaugural school year at Cass Technical High School and continuing for a third year at Harper Woods High School.  An informational lunch and learn will be held at the Hockeytown Café in Detroit, Michigan.  Guests will enjoy lunch while they learn about the programs benefits, goals, and successes.  Business mentors are an integral part of the program. They are members of the local business community who agree to volunteer their time, one hour, one day a week for twenty-four weeks. Often, business mentors are the “link” that allows students to interact and network with adults who have walked a similar path.  Mentors help to build young people’s character and confidence, expand their universe, and help them navigate a path to succ

This is a great opportunity for Cass Tech and Harper Woods High School Alumni to give back to their schools; however it is not a requirement to be an alumnus to be a mentor at one of these schools.

Winning Futures is very unique compared to other mentoring programs.  Each week when the mentors come to the school, a staff member leads them through the topic-based session with fun, hands-on activities, group discussions, and written lessons.  Winning Futures curriculum includes: character value identification, goal setting, career exploration, and employability skills.

Pre-registration is required for attendance and can be completed at www.WinningFutures.org.  For more information call 586.698.4418.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Laurie Tarter
586.698.4536
laurie@winningfutures.org

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WINNING FUTURES RAISES $60,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND MENTORING PROGRAMS AT OPENING DAY EVENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kris Marshall, 248-709-4488, kris@winningfutures.org

Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares at-risk youth for success, raised over $60,000 for its life skills, mentoring and scholarship programs at Detroit’s Best Opening Day Party on April 8, 2011.

The event, sponsored by local businesses CRH, Fifth Third Bank, Hennessey Capital, InStar Services, Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, MKD Wealth Coaches, O’Keefe and Associates, UHY LLP and Young and Susser, P.C., was held at the Gem Theatre where over 800 clients and executive level staff shared food and drinks in celebration of the Detroit Tigers home opener. The event also included a private VIP lunch for sponsors and their top clients, a live auction and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame celebrity “meet and greet” with Rob Otto, WDFN; Ray Scott, Former Pistons player and coach; Eddie Murray, Former Detroit Lion; Ray Lane, Former Tiger broadcaster; Frank Beckmann, WJR host and Michigan football broadcaster; Greg Kelser, Piston and MSU announcer, former Pistons player; and Dino Ciccarelli, former Detroit Wed Ring.

Money raised at the event will support the Winning Futures’ mentoring programs in Detroit, Harper Woods, Warren and Pontiac, enabling high school students to partner with business mentors for the school year. Students will meet with their mentors on a weekly basis and complete fun, structured activities focused on character value development, goal setting, job readiness skills, and strategic five-year planning.

Contributions from the event will also support $25,000 in scholarships for the “RARE Everyday Hero Scholarship Program.” RARE honors real heroes that are changing lives, inspiring others and have made a difference through extraordinary commitment, integrity, selflessness and courage. RARE provides a forum for students to write about Everyday Heroes in their communities to help them see possibilities and make the connection to fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. High school seniors in Michigan are awarded $2,500 scholarships and the heroes they write about are honored annually at Winning Futures’ Night of Heroes event.

“Each year we are more and more amazed at the generosity and commitment of our sponsors and their guests,” said Kristina Marshall, President and CEO of Winning Futures. “Enabling us to provide mentors and scholarships to high school students that show great potential, the money raised at this event is integral to helping our kids reach their goals and continue their educational success. We truly thank each of our sponsors and all attendees for their continued support and charitable spirits. Together, we can make a difference in young people’s lives.”

Winning Futures is a 501(c)(3), non-profit goal setting, mentoring, and scholarship program for teens.  More than 20,000 students have been impacted and $1.5M has been awarded in scholarships since 1994.  The organization’s evidence-based life skills program has been implemented into agencies in 30 states.  More than 90 percent of winning Futures’ students continue their education past high school.  To learn more, visit www.WinningFutures.org.

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