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Voices Gala 2016


On September 22nd, 2016, Ruth Ellis Center hosted our annual gala, VOICES, presented by Lear Corporation with Special Guest, Sandra Bernhard, at the Waterview Loft at Port Detroit. This signature event provides critical funding to support the Center’s annual operations while also celebrating our dedicated and generous supporters, whose voices have allowed the Center to serve runaway, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth for 16 years.

We would like to once again, thank all those who attended VOICES 2016! It was an incredible night, and we couldn’t keep this Detroit legacy alive without all of you. A special thank you to our sponsors- whose continued support of the Center we are deeply grateful for. 

Presenting Sponsor

Lear Corporation

Ruth’s House Sponsors

Credit Adjustment’s Inc. & DTE Energy Foundation

Media Sponsor    

Between the Lines

Health & Wellness Sponsor

PNC Bank

Valet Sponsor


Positive Youth Development Sponsors

Comerica Bank, Henry Grix & Howard Israel, and ISCG


Restorative Justice & Harm Reduction Sponsors

Jeff Antaya & Peter Rosenfeld, Robert & Connie Sfire, John Allen & Steve Orlando,

Bank of America, MGM Grand Detroit, Ernst & Young, Just Energy, Henry Ford Health System,

Henry Ford Health System,  North American Bancard, WDET 101.9 fm

Community Partners

St. John Providence, Flagstar Bank, Mariner’s Inn

Signage Generously Provided By  The Detroit Wallpaper Co.

Floral Arrangements Generously Provided By Bellisario Florist





Interested in supporting VOICES or another event for Ruth Ellis Center through sponsorship, silent auction items, or more?

Contact: Mark Erwin-McCormick, Director of Development

VOICES 2016 was SOLD OUT! Thank you for making this year's event our most successful to date!