General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson to keynote Habitat Michigan's 2013
LANSING, Mich., March 15, 2013
LANSING, Mich., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Habitat for Humanity
of Michigan is honored to announce Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of General
Motors Company, as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Awards Banquet on April
24, held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. In 2012, Akerson and his wife,
Karin, stepped forward to provide a $1-million cornerstone gift to Habitat for
Humanity's "Leaders to ReBuild Detroit" initiative. As a part of the ReBuild
Michigan Campaign, Leaders to ReBuild Detroit is focusing on the Morningside
Commons neighborhood on Detroit's east side.
"Dan Akerson and his wife, Karin, have been extremely instrumental in moving
the Habitat mission forward in our state. We are excited to have them present
at our awards banquet, continuing to inspire others to jump in and work to
ReBuild Michigan," said Habitat for Humanity of Michigan CEO Sandra Pearson.
"They are stellar examples of the servant spirit upon which Habitat for
Humanity was founded."
The Akersons are serving as the Honorary Chairs of the ReBuild Michigan
Campaign, joining other Michigan corporate leaders from Whirlpool, Dow, Masco,
Ford Motor Company Fund, DTE Foundation and Consumers Energy.
"No city or state's economic recovery is complete without thriving
neighborhoods and viable communities," Akerson said. "Karin and I hope that by
supporting Habitat for Humanity's mission to provide safe, affordable housing
to families in Detroit and other areas, we will inspire more people to
volunteer their skills and make donations to help rebuild our state one house
and one community at a time."
Habitat Detroit expressed their deep gratitude for Dan and Karin Akerson's
involvement in the "Leaders to ReBuild Detroit" initiative.
"They are amazing ambassadors for the work Habitat Detroit is doing in the
Morningside Community and the initiative they spearheaded will nearly triple
our impact in the city," said Habitat Detroit Executive Director Vincent
Tilford. "Their support is galvanizing the ReBuild Michigan campaign
throughout the state and bringing much needed attention to affordable housing
and community revitalization issues."
About Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
Based in Lansing, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is the state support
organization for Michigan's 46 ReStores and 75 Habitat for Humanity affiliates
which serve nearly every county in the state.HFHM's mission is to increase
the capacity of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Michigan to build or
renovate simple, decent homes in partnership with people in need.
Habitat Michigan Contact: Suban Nur Cooley
General Motors Contact: Tom Pyden
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
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