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Don Bosco Hall, a private, nonprofit agency that provides supportive human services aimed at enhancing the quality of life for youth and their families in metropolitan Detroit, will host its 19th annual benefit, 5:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (15801 Michigan Avenue) in Dearborn. This year, the event will be headlined by Mike Epps, the internationally acclaimed stand-up comedian, actor and producer who has appeared in such films as Next Friday, The Hangover and Meet the Blacks.


Paying special tribute to children surviving and thriving despite the odds, the evening will begin with a strolling reception, which will include a jazz-infused performance by Saxophonist Randy Scott, at 5:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., prior to his stand-up performance, Epps will join four young men from Don Bosco Hall’s programs, each of whom is flourishing, in a meaningful dialogue on the unfortunate and unprecedented gun violence in America. During that time, they will address its overarching effect on youth and the community. Finally, at 10 p.m., sponsors will have the opportunity to take photographs with Epps.

“Our annual benefit helps those who need it most,” said Don Bosco Hall President and CEO Charles D. Small. “With your support, we can continue our mission to improve the lives of youths and families throughout Detroit.”

Tickets, which range from $35 to $100, can be purchased by visiting www.donboscohall.org. For information call 313-869-2200.

About Don Bosco Hall

The Rev. J. Finnegan, a pastor of St. Patrick Church in 1954, founded Don Bosco Hall; named for St. Don Bosco, a Roman Catholic priest, canonized in 1934. Through dedication, service and effective programming, Don Bosco Hall has been a leader in addressing serious barriers that our children, youth, and families are confronting and making transformative changes within our neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.donboscohall.org.


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