2019 Awards Dinner Honorees


Father George Shalhoub, recipient of the Interfaith Leadership Award

Syrian-born George Shalhoub in 1972 moved from Ohio to Detroit with his young wife to establish a mission in Wayne County. One of the founding clergy of the Basilica of St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Livonia, Michigan, he created a community for the displaced Christians of the Middle East in Michigan. Author of the memoir The Mystery of Love & Marriage (Amazon), is an associate professor at Madonna University, where he has taught marriage and family for 25 years, and a faculty member teaching the art of pastoral and liturgical practice at the Antiochian House of Studies in Legionnaire, PA. He received his doctor of ministry from the Graduate Theological Institute (IN), M.A. in theological studies from St. John Provincial Catholic Seminary (MI), and B.S. from Eastern Michigan University.

Patricia Poppe, President and CEO of CMS Energy, recipient of the Visionary Leader Award

Patricia Poppe in 2016 became CMS Energy and Consumer Energy’s first woman president in its 132-year history. She has been involved with Michigan Women’s Foundation-Power of 100 Women and the Detroit Regional Chamber, Business Leaders for Michigan; advisory boards for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and Purdue University Society of Women Engineers Industrial.

Interfaith Award: Troy Area Interfaith Group

The Troy-area Interfaith Group exists to invite all faith communities to gather, grow and give for the sake of promoting the common values of love, peace and justice among all religions locally and globally. We believe that peace among peoples and nations requires peace among the religions.

Ali Sayed, Recipient of the Community Leaders Award

Natural-born-entrepreneur Sayed founded HYPE Athletics Community in 2001 to give kids in Dearborn an athletic outlet in basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, tennis and baseball. Since receiving nonprofit status in 2007, HYPE now reaches thousands of children in Southeast Michigan and partners with federal, state and local agencies, corporations, foundations and leaders to provide educational, mentoring and social services programming.