39th Annual Chaldean Civic & Humanitarian Awards Gala

39th Annual Chaldean Civic & Humanitarian Awards Gala
September 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr W, Detroit
MI 48243 Phone: (313) 568-8000
Arab American Chaldean Association
(248) 559-1990
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39th Annual Chaldean Civic & Humanitarian Awards Gala

The Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC), a premier nonprofit human service organization serving southeast Michigan, will honor Michigan State Representative Laura Cox, DTE Energy Vice President of Public Affairs Nancy Moody, Huntington National Bank Senior Executive Vice President Sandy Pierce, State Senator Mike Shirkey, Ford Motor Company Fund President Jim Vella,and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan at its 39th Annual Civic and Humanitarian Awards Gala on Sat., Sept. 15 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. A general reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program and dinner at 7 p.m.

The black-tie optional event is anticipated to attract nearly 1,000 guests, including; national and state political leaders; members of the judiciary; and the top names from corporate, healthcare and educational institutions and foundations.

Funds raised through sponsorships, contributions and ticket sales will provide much needed resources, education and training to Middle Eastern and mainstream communities in Southeastern Michigan.

Arab American Chaldean Council, fundraiser, annual gala Sept. 15, 2018

Arab American Chaldean Council, fundraiser, annual gala Sept. 15, 2018

The theme of this year’s event is “Making A Difference,” supporting the ACC’s commitment to empower the clients they serve to realize the hope and promise of a better future. The program will be presided over by Fox 2 News reporter Charlie Langton. That evening, ACC Chairman Abe Munfakh and President and CEO Dr. Haifa Fakhouri will present awards to the 2018 honorees:

Gala Entertainment Provided By: National Arab Orchestra

For questions and additional information, please contact Kimberly Hassan at

ACC Administrative Office
363 W. Big Beaver Rd
Troy MI 48084

Tel: (248) 559-1990
TTY 1-800-649-3777


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