With the fourth annual Michigan Chronicle Legacy in Motion gala as a backdrop, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation will receive a $100,000 gift form the Pickard Family Fund.

The foundation, which became active in August after seven years of dormancy, is an independent non-profit that strives to improve conditions for Detroit Public Schools students through the solicitation of outside funding. Led by president and CEO Chacona Johnson, the DPS Foundation will use the funds it collects to enhance DPS programs like athletics, fine arts and other school improvement initiatives.

The Pickard Family Fund, headed by Dr. William F. Pickard, CEO of Global Automotive Alliance and Real Times Inc. board member, will make the formal check presentation at the Michigan Chronicle’s annual newsmaker’s gala, Legacy in Motion, on Dec. 12.

Legacy in Motion is a celebration of those in the local community who are doing extraordinary things. The annual awards honor individuals, families or organizations that have made headlines for their contribution to Southeast Michigan’s economic growth, social change and overall development.

This year’s awards are being presented to Detroit Public Schools System Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb; State Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D-Detroit); Kevin Tolbert of the Trade Union Leadership Council; Anthony V. King, Wellness Plan Medical Centers; Detroit City Council President-Elect Charles Pugh; recording artist Kem; Marygrove College President David J. Fike; the Jenkins Family of Jenkins Construction; Fifth Third Bank; Monique Marks of Franklin-Wright Settlements; Tony Brown of Ford Motor Co.; DTE Chairman Anthony Earley; and Mayor Dave Bing.

This year’s gala is being sponsored by St. John Health System, MGM Grand Detroit, Good People Popcorn, Bank of America, Jackets for Jobs, Marygrove College and DTE.The event will take place at the Book Cadillac hotel.
For tickets or additional information, call (313) 963-8100.

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