Third Annual Get in the Game Luncheon

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The 3rd Annual Playworks Get in the Game Luncheon and Game Changer Awards was a huge success!

A big WOOSH CLAP and thanks go out to the more than 300 individuals who attended. We’d also like to send a special thank you to all of our sponsors, awardees and those who donated to Playworks!

Please visit our online photo gallery to see all the great photos from this year’s event!

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The Playworks 2014 Get in the Game Luncheon and Game Changer Awards is a signature event to recognize individuals, companies and organizations that are making a positive impact on the well-being of Michigan, specifically Detroit.

Attendees included award recipients, sponsors and their guests, honorary committee members, foundations, corporate, business and government leaders.

This hour and a half interactive luncheon began with recess games, a Playworks photo gallery and mingling, followed by a pre-set lunch, videos highlighting the Playworks mission, an inspirational message from Playworks founder, Jill Vialet, Game Changer Awards and closing remarks.



Award recipients were selected by public nomination, Playworks staff and board based on four Playworks core values: healthy community, respect, inclusion and healthy play as well as community service. The following organizations have been nominated:

Founder’s Award– The Detroit Lions – For their ongoing support and promotion of Playworks through the Living for the City campaign and the Detroit Lions Play 60 initiative. Through this partnership, the Detroit Lions are truly making a difference in improving the health and well-being of children in Detroit.

Chairman’s Award – MGM Grand Detroit – This award is reserved for an organization that has changed the trajectory of Playworks, and MGM Grand Detroit is the first-ever recipient. MGM Grand Detroit’s ongoing financial support and employee volunteerism is truly making a difference for the well-being of children in Detroit.
Healthy Play – HYPE Athletics – For creating and strengthening infrastructures that support the positive development of Wayne County youth through athletic participation and competition, educational tutoring and literacy development, and social awareness including mentoring, counseling, life skills training and substance abuse education and prevention.
Healthy Community – PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Program – Through Grow Up Great, PNC emphasizes the importance of the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement, by helping families, educators and community partners provide innovative opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child’s early years.
Respect – The Ideal Group – For respecting the capacity of every individual to make a difference in their community through job development and community engagement. The Ideal Groups history of engaging all members of the community from hiring its first Work Pass Program employee, establishing GRACE in the 1990’s, providing internships to local students, as well as collaborating with critical organizations and initiatives that empower residents in southwest Detroit.
Inclusion – Loretta V. Davis – For her work with the Institute for Population Health. IPH activities advace the communities capacity to improve health and to reduce disparities among population groups and geographic areas.
Community Service – Young Detroit Builders – A non-profit organization that has been offering a comprehensive program of education, support services, counseling, leadership development, job and life skills preparation, on-the-job residential construction training and NCCER certification since 1996. Students earn a modest living allowance while participating in this full-time, 10-month training program. Giving back to the community is a major focus of YDB, and students participate in community service projects throughout the program.


What: Playworks Get in the Game Luncheon
When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Location: Hall of Legends at Ford Field
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free. Donations will be accepted; limited sponsorships and program book ads available
Proceeds: Proceeds will provide children with access to safe and healthy play every school day.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:


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