5th Annual Get in the Game Luncheon & Game Changer Awards


April 27, 2016


Ford Field

2000 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226 United States


9:30 am

Please save the date for Playworks Michigan’s fifth annual Get in the Game Luncheon & Game Changer Awards!

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Location: Ford Field, 2000 Brush Street, Detroit, Michigan

Time: 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Ticket price: $50 for individual tickets. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Keynote and Guest Speaker: Shawn Blanchard and Dr. James Marks, Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Honorary Chairs:
Nick Mukhtar, Healthy Detroit
Don Tanner, Partner, Tanner Friedman
Dennis Mouras, CEO, United Healthcare Community Plan of Michigan
Phil Wills, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Tylar Masters, President, Tylar & Company
Stuart MacDonald, Regional Vice President Public and Labor Segment, Aetna
Tom Spring, Director of Wellness and Community Outreach, HAP
Jason Hall, Co-Founder of Slow Roll, Detroit Bike City & North American Bicycle Week
Tonya Allen, President & CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Kelly Kozole, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Detroit Lions

Event Summary:
The fifth annual Get in the Game Luncheon and Game Changer Awards is our annual fundraising event to benefit Playworks Michigan. It is designed to move our guests off the sidelines and into the game. Guests will enjoy lunch and an engaging program which includes the Game Changer Awards recognizing key leaders and companies in the Detroit area. Awardees will be recognized for instrumental efforts made to directly or indirectly improve the health and well-being of Detroit area children as identified by Playworks core values: healthy community, healthy play, inclusion, and respect. The fourth annual Get in the Game Luncheon (April 2015) was attended by over 200 civic and community leaders and sponsors included the Detroit Lions, MGM Grand Detroit, Meijer, Henry Ford Health Systems, Health Alliance Plan, and Skillman Foundation, among others.

2016 Game Changer Awards:
Consideration for awardees is given based on their reputation in the community and notable effort made during a given year or over a period of time. Categories include Healthy Play, Respect, Inclusion, Healthy Community, Recess Super Hero Award (reserved for an active Detroit Lions player) and Outstanding Junior Coach of the Year Awards (given to three students at Playworks partner schools). Past awardees have included Beaumont Health Systems, the Ideal Group, the Detroit Lions, MGM Grand Detroit, PNC Bank-Grow up Great Program, Come Play Detroit, HYPE Athletics, Detroit SOUP, and Healthy Detroit.

2016 Awardees are:

  • Art Van Furniture – Art Van Charity Challenge (Respect)
  • Sean Anderson Foundation (Inclusion)
  • Novi Community Schools (Healthy Play)
  • Crain’s Detroit Business (Healthy Community)
  • Laken Tomlinson, Detroit Lions (Recess Super Hero)


The Skillman Foundation

Molina Healthcare of Michigan

Henry Ford Health System