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For release:  October 28, 2019

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   InterFaith Leadership Council Dinner Honors Interfaith and Community-Building Efforts in Metro Detroit 

The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit will honor local interfaith and community-building accomplishments at its 7th annual awards dinner on Tuesday, October 29. The dinner will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Bint Jibail Cultural Center, 6220 Miller Road in Dearborn.

“We are honoring three exemplary individuals and one organization for their achievements in building a better metropolitan Detroit community. We are grateful for their efforts and hope that they will inspire others to work together on behalf of all of our diverse residents,” said Raman Singh, president of the InterFaith Leadership Council.

Patricia Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy, will receive the Daniel Hart Krichbaum Visionary Civic Leader Award. Poppe is an industrial engineer who worked at General Motors and DTE Energy before joining Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy company and principal subsidiary of CMS, in 2011. She was named CEO and president of CMS Energy Corporation and Consumers Energy, which provide natural gas and electricity to many of the state’s residents in 2016.

Poppe follows a philosophy of the triple bottom line–valuing people, the planet and profits. She has focused on retiring coal-fired plants to increase cleaner, renewable energy resources for Consumers Energy customers throughout the state. At the same time, she has emphasized the importance of diversity in the company’s workforce. At CMS, one-third of board members and one-third of the company’s officers are women. Poppe received the Bridge Builder Award from Equality Michigan for the company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and LGBTQ equality in the workplace. 

Poppe was named a “Newsmaker of the Year” by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2018. She serves on the boards of multiple civic and business organizations throughout the state.

Ali Sayed, founder and CEO of HYPE Athletics, will be given the Community Service Award for his efforts to help local youth from different backgrounds lead positive, drug-free lives. Sayed’s sports and community centers provide substance abuse prevention and other educational programs to help young people, as well as vocational training for youth and adults with special needs, and a Thanksgiving Feeding program. 

The Robert A. Bruttell Interfaith Leader Award will be presented to Father George Shalhoub, pastor and founder of the Basilica of St. Mary. He is a retired associate professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Madonna University and is faculty member of the Antiochian House of Studies. Father Shalhoub lectures on family, reconciliation and mediation issues and is the recipient of many civic and humanitarian awards for his interfaith work.

The Troy-area Interfaith Group will receive the Outstanding Interfaith Group Award for its work to include Troy residents of all faiths in community prayer and other civic events. Founded in 2005 after a non-Christian was denied participation in Troy’s National Day of Prayer, the Troy-area Interfaith Group has organized many interfaith educational programs and sponsored Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorations. 

Dinner tickets, which are $75, can be ordered online at www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com. Sponsorships are available and additional information is available by contacting Wendy.IFLC@gmail.com. The InterFaith Leadership Council is a 501©3 nonprofit organization.
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About InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit

The Interfaith Leadership Council is a faith-based civic organization made up of visionary religious and lay leaders of many faiths whose shared values compel them to work toward a community that lives together in harmony.