Gift of Life Michigan Champions Gala
The Inn at St. John's was the site of the 2019 Inaugural Gift of Life Michigan Champions Gala this past weekend.
Gift of Life Michigan chose 15 individuals and three hospitals to receive 2019 Donation Champion Awards, recognizing their extraordinary efforts to help fulfill the wishes of donors and their families and promote the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. These are the first such awards given formally by Michigan’s federally designated organ recovery program.
“Gift of Life is absolutely thrilled to host – for the first time – an event that will shine a light on the best of the best in the important work that’s carried out every day to save and transform lives through organ and tissue donation,” CEO Dorrie Dils said. The evening began with cocktails and appetizers during which we provided music. We've developed a deep repertoire of current hits and are always pleased with the response we receive at events like this Gala evening. Guests are pleasantly surprised to hear covers of songs like Despacito and Shut Up and Dance from a string quartet. It always brings us a jolt of pleasure when we see a head snap around and a phone get pulled out. A sumptuous dinner followed along with a special performance by Scott MacIntyre, a singer-songwriter, author and two-time kidney transplant recipient. Scott was a Season 8 "American Idol" Contestant and in 2012 partnered with Donate Life America and FOX to launch a national PSA for organ, tissue and eye donation. He wrote a song for it called "I Am Hope," which became a theme song for the transplant community. It was an evening of hope and gratitude, and one in which we were honored to participate.