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Detroit 2020 Awards

April 19 2012 | 2 comments

The inaugural Detroit 2020 Awards were presented today during a luncheon at Broadcast House. Awards were presented in three categories that match the mission of Detroit 2020.

The UNIFY award was presented to Toni McIlwain, President of Ravendale Community Organization.  Toni has been instrumental in organizing 32 block clubs in the east side Detroit neighborhood.  She also runs the Ravendale Community Center which provides a wide range of services for residents.


The INSPIRE award was presented to The Front Porch.  This group is dedicated to providing educational and recreational opportunities to children in Detroit according to their interests, initiatives and needs.  The award was presented to the founder and president, Jean Vortkamp.


The ACT award went to Motor City Blight Busters.  This non-profit organization works to ensure the stabilization and revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods.  The founder and President, John George accepted the award for Blight Busters.

Along with the custom trophy, each winner received a $7,000 check from the Scripps Howard Foundation to help support their continued efforts.

You can watch the Detroit 2020 Awards this Saturday night from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Channel 7.

* Photos by Cheryl Willard

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  1. Pastor Leon Crawford April 19, 2012

    On behalf of Get A Life Inc and myself, we thank you for the recognition of our community group. It was very inspirational seeing the other groups that help make our city shine. I love Detroit and today channel 7 and the 20D20 awards luncheon has inspired me to dream bigger.

    Thank you,
    Pastor, Leon Crawford Jr.
    Rom 4:21


  2. Sandra Hunt April 21, 2012

    This is wonderful to see a community coming together to make life better, by cleaning up and restoring the community.


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