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Posted on: July 11, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation to honor Barbara Rossman at annual event

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation is proud to announce the return of its annual gala “Puttin’ on the Ritz.", on Friday, October 28, 2016, at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation is proud to announce the return of its annual gala “Puttin’ on the Ritz.", on Friday, October 28, 2016, at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights. This year's Ritz gala is honoring Barbara W. Rossmann, President and CEO, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, as she receives the second annual Richard J. Notte Civic Service Leadership Award, for all she has done to help strengthen Macomb County by building and operating an extensive world class health care provider and for the leadership she provides to nearly one dozen community civic organizations throughout Southeastern Michigan. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sterling Heights Community Foundation with a portion dedicated to the establishment of a charitable endowment of Barbara
Rossmann’s choice in her name.

“Puttin’ on the Ritz" is a black-tie optional event with that will feature a sit-down dinner, premium bar, live contemporary music by Nightline a wonderful selection of auction items and more. Honorary Co-Chairs are Mark A. Hackel, Macomb County Executive, and Michael C. Taylor, Mayor of the City of Sterling Heights. Event Co-Chairs are Michael Felix, Sterling Axle Plant Manager, Ford Motor Company; Dr. Martin J. Brown, President, Macomb Chiropractic Centers; and Karl G. Oskoian, Executive Director, Sterling Heights Community Foundation.

"The Sterling Heights Community Foundation was established in 1991 to improve the cultural, educational and recreational opportunities for residents of Michigan's third largest city," said Karl G. Oskoian, the Foundation’s executive director. "Our annual Ritz event was established in 2013 to recognize extraordinary community leaders. Proceeds from this annual signature event are used by the Foundation to strengthen the quality of life of area residents."

The first Ritz event in November 2013 honored Mayor Richard J. Notte for his twenty years of mayoral service and raised funds to support the Richard J. Notte Public Service Scholarship Endowment. The 2014 Ritz event honored the men and women of Macomb's defense industry, the county's military veterans, and established an endowment fund to ensure an ongoing Veteran's Day Ceremony in the City. The 2015 Ritz event honored Mark A. Hackel with the
inaugural Richard J. Notte Civic Service Leadership Award for all he has done to strengthen Macomb County and established an endowment fund, in his name, for the Macomb Junior Leadership Program.
Puttin on the Ritz Sponsorship opportunities for this year's event honoring Barbara Rossmann are now available. The foundation is also seeking the donation of auction items and experiences for the evening. Tickets are also now on sale.

For information about sponsorships or tickets for this event or information on the Sterling Heights Community Foundation, please contact Executive Director, Karl G. Oskoian, the city of Sterling Heights Community Relations Department at 586

About the Sterling Heights Community Foundation
The Sterling Heights Community Foundation, established in 1991, is celebrating its 25th year as a certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization improving the quality of life of Sterling Heights area residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities.

The Foundation sponsors programs and projects that reach every member of the Sterling Heights community and has contributed more than $1.2 million to organizations and activities that support its mission.

Examples of the Foundation’s contributions include: public library support, senior activity center contributions, art sculptures, city park picnic shelters, the city trolley, city park play centers, sponsorship of Sterlingfest, the annual Dodge Park run, Teenfest, contributions totaling more than $200,000 to dozens of organizations addressing smoking cessation programs and programs helping area seniors, 360 scholarships totaling $309,500 to area students pursuing a college education, restoration of the historic Upton House, the city center brick paver program, construction of Rotary Park, Nature Center enhancements, Dodge Park concerts, and hosting a series of City Summits to discuss the future of the city with residents.

The Foundation also manages 23 donor advised permanent endowment funds which may receive charitable donations. Contributions may also be made to the foundation’s general endowment fund to support the Foundation mission.

For more information on the Sterling Heights Community Foundation, please visit its website at

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