"City Lights" to Celebrate Rebirth of Downtown Pontiac and Help Local Children in Need, Aug. 10

Top Quote Inaugural rooftop gala will feature a red carpet reception, spectacular menu, live and silent auctions, and more. End Quote
  • Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) August 02, 2013 - On Saturday, August 10, Grace Centers of Hope and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association (PDBA) will host City Lights, a rooftop gala benefiting the Grace Centers of Hope "Hands of Hope" Childcare Center and the revitalization effort for downtown Pontiac. The event will be held 7 - 11 p.m. on the rooftop patio of the newly developed Lafayette Place Lofts, 151 Lafayette St., Pontiac.

    "We are thrilled to join the Pontiac Downtown Business Association in hosting the first ever City Lights in downtown Pontiac," said Pastor Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. "Through this effort, we hope to build further awareness about the needs of children who have suffered developmental deficiencies as a result of homelessness and also spotlight the positive and lasting improvements in downtown Pontiac."

    City Lights will offer guests a red carpet reception with champagne, delicious appetizers, strolling dinner and handcrafted desserts prepared by Lafayette Market & Café Executive Chef Dave Poirier. An assortment of spirits, libations and non- alchoholic beverages will complement this summer's chic event. Guests also will enjoy live and silent auctions with auctioneer Matt Holiday, entertainment by the Jump Street Swing Band and free valet parking.

    "Downtown Pontiac's recovery has resulted in a more safe, vibrant and exceptional community for residents, visitors and business owners alike," said Glenn Konopaski, president of the Downtown Pontiac Business Association. "City Lights will serve as a wonderful platform to showcase the hard work and community spirit needed in this endeavor and we could think of no better partner than Grace Centers of Hope."

    The PDBA is dedicated to promoting awareness for and advocacy of downtown Pontiac. It has attracted numerous new businesses in a variety of industries to the area, grown the residential population with the opening of 60 new lots in Januaray 2013 resulting in more than 100 new residents in downtown, and has engaged partners to make downtown safer while ensuring lights are on and investments continue. This year, visitors will see additional work to re-invigurate the Hidden River Park south of M-59, and construction of a new park north of M-59 that will transform a 23-year old abandoned building into a community asset. Both sites are located downtown on Saginaw St.

    The Grace Centers of Hope "Hands of Hope" Childcare Center is a state-licensed, 4,200 square foot facility that serves children of parents who are enrolled in programs at Grace Centers of Hope. The childcare center features three classrooms, two offices, a kitchen, snack and craft area, three bathrooms and an outdoor playground. With programs available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the childcare center employs staff who are specifically trained to work with at-risk children.

    City Lights will be hosted by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, WXYZ TV 7 Investigative Reporter Heather Catallo, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, State Representative Tim Greimel, and Grace Centers of Hope CEO Pastor Kent W. Clark. Tickets for City Lights are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling Grace Centers of Hope at 1-855-435-7424 or online at www.gracecentersofhope.org.

    About the Pontiac Downtown Business Association
    The Pontiac Downtown Business Association is dedicated to: promoting awareness of the DBA, advocacy of and for downtown Pontiac, fundraising for the DBA, activities and other causes to benefit downtown Pontiac, and building downtown community relations. To learn more about the Pontiac Downtown Business Association, please visit www.pontiacdba.com.

    About Grace Centers of Hope
    Giving hope to the helpless since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace's $5.7 million yearly budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance. To learn more about Grace Centers of Hope or to make a donation, please visit www.gracecentersofhope.org

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