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Tigers, Women of Tomorrow host fundraiser on October 3

DETROIT – Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (WOT), will host its first Detroit fundraiser, “Go to Bat for Detroit’s Young Women of Tomorrow” at the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6pm. The event will kick-off the organization’s second year of mentoring at-risk young girls in Metropolitan Detroit public high schools, and help raise funds for the program, as it doubles the number of partnering high schools from 11 to 22.  It will also highlight the program’s successful first year.  

“Go to Bat for Detroit’s Young Women of Tomorrow” is co-sponsored by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation and the Detroit Tigers, along with WDIV Local 4, Ambassador Magazine, TTI Global, Bank of America and Quicken Loans. Tigers General Manager David Dombrowski and his wife Karie, a former sportscaster and WOT Inaugural Mentor, are the Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs include Ellen Hill Zeringue, WOT Mentor & VP of Marketing, Detroit Tigers, Til Levesque, WOT Mentor & Former President/Market Manager at Clear Channel Radio.  

VIP guests will have the rare opportunity to enter the park through the players underground Umpire Tunnel, and have signature Pomatini cocktails on the playing field.  There will be a live performance by renowned Jazz artist Les Williams, while attendees bid on incredible silent auction items including Karie & David Dombrowski’s VIP Tigers Suite and Tigers First Pitch; 4-front row tickets to the 2013 Detroit International Fireworks party from the Miller Canfield office; items from top luxury brands such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Stuart Weitzman, among others. Guests will then sit down for a filet mignon dinner while watching the Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals game on big screens as the Tigers play the final regular season game in Kansas City.
 
WOT Founder & President, Jennifer Valoppi, who grew up in Metro Detroit, says “In just one year we are already seeing life-changing decisions being made by our mentees – in particular, a commitment to graduate from high school and attend higher education. This is a direct result of the influence of the amazing women who are mentoring them.  I couldn’t be happier.”

"Women of Tomorrow has a remarkable record of providing young women with new opportunities and instilling a deep sense of commitment to their communities," said Rishi Jaity, program director/Detroit for Knight Foundation. "It's exciting to see this come to fruition in Detroit."

Individual tickets begin at $200 and VIP tickets are $500 and $1,000. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels: MVP Sponsor for $2,000; All-Star Sponsor for $3,500; Golden Glove Sponsor at $5,000 and Tiger Sponsor at $10,000.

WOT, founded in 1997 in South Florida, expanded into Metro Detroit in 2011, thanks in part to a generous grant from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. This school year, WOT will double the number of Metro Detroit public high schools from 11 to 22, mentoring  approximately 500 at-risk girls in 13 Metro Detroit cities through its unique program which pairs small groups of girls with highly accomplished professional women. The program boasts a 92% high school graduation rate, the grades of WOT Mentees go up every year they are in the program to a statistically significant degree, and 91% of Mentees immediately go on to college after graduation.

WOT Detroit Event Committee: Ellen Hill Zeringue, Inaugural WOT Mentor & Co-Chair, Vice President of Marketing at The Detroit Tigers; Til Levesque, Inaugural WOT Mentor & Co-Chair, Former President and Market Manager at Clear Channel Media; Kim Doverspike, Former Interim Director of Community Affairs at the Detroit Lions; Meg Ferron, Copywriter at Doodle Home; Gail Gotthelf, Account Executive at Hour Media; Elena Kerasiotis, Owner of the Ortho Care Physical Therapy; and Carol Mansfield, Senior Partner Advisor at Cornerstone Schools.

WOT  Detroit Advisory Committee: Mary Ann Greenawalt, President of B&B Specialty Foods; Laurie Cunnington, President of Ward Williston Oil Co.; Marla Drutz, General Manager at WDIV/TV 4; Joanne Faycurry, Attorney & Counselor at Law at Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC.; Til Levesque, Former President/ Market Manager at Clear Channel Radio Detroit; Florine Mark, President & Chairman at Weight Watchers Group, Inc.; Judith Trepeck, CPA at The Trepeck Group, LLC.; and Angela “AJ” Jennings-Barkley, Consumer Market Executive Metro Detroit Market at Bank of America.

Women of Tomorrow Sponsors include; The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, United Way of Southeast Michigan, Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, Inc., The Detroit Tigers, WDIV Local 4, Miller Canfield, Ambassador Magazine, Bank of America, Weight Watchers, Macy’s, Masco Corporation Foundation, Quicken Loans, Clear Channel, Detroit Lions, The Henry Hotel, Wayne State University, Botsford Hospital, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. and Adult Beverage, Co.

About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Women of Tomorrow was conceived in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and co-founded with Don Browne, retired Telemundo Network President. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with a network of over 300 mentors. The program, headquartered in Miami, operates in 107 South Florida public high schools, and 22 Metro Detroit public high schools.  In 2012 WOT will mentor close to 2,500 girls in more than 56 cities and 129 public high schools.  The program has proven results, including a 92% high school graduation rate, increased grade point averages, increased self-esteem, and a 91% higher education enrollment rate. Women of Tomorrow has awarded over $3 million in college scholarships to nearly 1,200 mentees. For more information, call (305) 371-3331 or visit www.womenoftomorrow.org.

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