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Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner to feature Lions Vice Chairman Bill Ford

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Ford will be the guest speaker for the dinner that annually benefits HAVEN, Oakland County’s premier center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, on Tuesday October 1, 2013, at Ford Field

DETROIT — The 20th annual Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner will feature Detroit Lions Vice Chairman Bill Ford on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Ford Field. Ford will be the guest speaker for the dinner that annually benefits HAVEN, Oakland County’s premier center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Proceeds will target child abuse prevention and treatment programs. Previous banquets have raised approximately $1.9 million for HAVEN.

Tickets are $150 per person and go on sale, Tuesday, August 27. They are available online by visiting http://www.FordField.com or by calling 313-262-2013.

Courage House

Two major Lions’ awards will be presented during the dinner program. The Ed Block Courage goes to a Lions’ player who has overcome injury and/or adversity to excel on the field. Last year’s winner was running back Jahvid Best. This year’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Ricky Sandoval Award also will be presented. The award, which recognizes individuals who have made contributions both in sports and in the community, is named in honor of the late Lions’ director of security who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2009. This year’s recipient will also be announced at a later date.

The event will include a silent auction.

Since assuming the vice chairman position in 1995, Ford has made a positive impact on the Detroit Lions organization and the city of Detroit, including the building of Ford Field and the team’s headquarters and practice facility in Allen Park. He also ensures that as the Lions’ business operations continue to emerge among the most aggressive in sports, they ultimately impact the team’s ability to win.

Ford continues to strongly support active and innovative community outreach programs. In September 2012, the Lions began a new community initiative, Living for the City, that aims to improve the lives of Detroiters. The team’s transformational approach focuses on the belief that healthy families are the backbone of a healthy community, and the Lions have targeted partnerships that have the most potential to support Detroit’s resurgence.

Ford was recently appointed to the NFL’s Broadcast Committee which is one of the league's most important and powerful committees and is made up of some of its most influential owners. He is also chairman of the Detroit Economic Club, a member of the Boards of Business Leaders for Michigan and Henry Ford Health System and a Trustee of The Henry Ford.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Courage House Dinner. For more information, contact Sheela Manyam at 313-448-1035.

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