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Please join us for our 2024 Great Hearts Gala benefitting children, youth, and their families.


The memorable and meaningful evening will celebrate our 2024 Great Hearts Award honoree, The Kresge Foundation, and Rip Rapson, Kresge Foundation's President and CEO. The evening will begin with a celebratory cocktail reception, a prelude to an enchanting night that transcends mere celebration-it becomes a symphony of purpose.

Special friends of Starfish Family Services are co-chairs for this event:
Mary and Donald Kosch | Gwen and Evan Weiner

Thursday, May 9, 2024
The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Boulevard Dearborn, MI 48124

  • 6:00 PM | Cocktail Hour
  • 7:00 PM | Dinner and Program
  • Afterglow: Coffee, Chill and Chat (immediately following the program)   

Great Hearts Award Recipient

Starfish Family Services is proud to honor The Kresge Foundation and Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson with the 2024 Great Hearts Award.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Our sponsorship team is eager to work with you to create a custom sponsorship opportunity that aligns with your corporate marketing and philanthropic goals for 2024 and the Great Hearts Gala.

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Parking Information

Complimentary valet parking will be available at the museum's Clocktower Entrance, which is located in the circle drive just off Village Road. If you prefer to self-park - parking will be available in the Main Guest Parking Lot near the Welcome Center Entrance. If you self-park, please enter the Main Entrance at the Welcome Center and museum staff will direct you down the hall to the event.


Hosted By

Starfish Family Services


20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA


Thank you to all of our sponsors

Presenting Sponsors


Donald & Mary Kosch - Dearborn Sausage Company


Diamond Sponsor

Emily & Henry Ford III


Platinum Sponsor

Rebecca A. Boylan & Thomas W. Sidlik, Gwen & S. Evan Weiner


Gold Sponsor



Leo E. & Ann June Mainville Fund, Karen Smithbauer & Patrick Smithbauer


Silver Sponsor

BorgWarner, Nicole & Stephen Eisenberg, Ryan & Kana Greenawalt, Janet & Lawrence Witkowski


Bronze Sponsor

Black Family Development, Inc., Penny & Harold Blumenstein, Roxanne & David Brinkerhoff, Carla Burney Jones & Christopher Jones, Jack Demmer Ford, DWIHN, Doeren Mayhew, Joe & Jodi Fadool, Goyette Mechanical Co., The Guidance Center, Henry Ford Health, Hour Detroit, Hunter Pasteur, Linda & Andy Jacob, Jan-Pro Detroit, Marsh McLennan Agency, Karla & W. Howard Morris, The Northern Trust Company, Rachel and Joshua Opperer, PCE Systems, Waltraud Prechter, Sentinel Group, Sabrina Smith-Campbell & Jon Campbell, Sr, Sarah & Calvin Ford, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency