Second Annual Detroit 2020 Awards Presented
These awards go to people and organizations nominated by our viewers. This year more than 100 people wrote in to nominate someone who is working to make the Detroit region a better place to live, work and raise families.
We present three awards each year. They go to individuals who exemplify the motto of Detroit 2020: Unify. Inspire. Act.
The Unify Award goes to Gary Wozniak, of Recovery Park, an organization designed to provide jobs for people with barriers to employment. Gary is leading to effort to create indoor urban farms and tilapia farms in Detroit and Highland Park. This project will provide an opportunity for Detroit to recover some of its lost land, recover some of its citizens and recover some of its neighborhoods.
The Inspire Award goes to Riet Schumack of Neighbors Building Brightmoor. She began by creating the Brightmoor Youth Garden as a strategy to fight blight, drug trafficking and prostitution in her west side community. Riet also wanted to provide a healthy space for local children to thrive. Over the years, the size of the garden has continued to grow and the young gardeners have begun to sell their produce at local farmers’ markets.
The “Act” Award was presented to Terry Grahl, founder of Enchanted Makeovers. Terry has gone into shelters across the region to beautify living spaces for women and children. She has also instituted reading programs for kids, sewing programs for their moms and a number of other inspirational opportunities to show women and children that someone cares.
Along with a handsome award, the winners were presented with a check for $7000 to further their efforts from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
You can watch the Detroit 2020 Awards Thursday night at 7 on Channel 7.