The Community House will be honoring one of the area's important businesswoman and philanthropists during next month's annual gala.
Linda Orlans, CEO of the Troy-based eTitle Agency, will be honored at the The Community House's second annual celebration of community-run businesses on March 16, an event that will also raise money for The Community House's at-risk youth development programs.
Mike Duggan, former head of the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne County prosecutor, will give the evening's keynote address.
"We are excited at The Community House to host the second annual gala...where we will honor a family buisness owner who is also a great philanthropist — and whose personal values and business services are shining examples to others," said Camille Jayne, president and CEO of The Community House.
"Linda Orlans is our 2013 very-deserving honoree, as she exemplifies those qualities and so much more," she added. "The gala theme is 'Creating More Vibrant Lives,' which Linda helps do every day through her generosity to underserved children."
Orlans has launched several business ventures including eTitle, a title and settlement services company specializing in residential and commercial real estate launched in 2000. She is also CEO and president of Orlans Associates, PC, which provides legal services to the mortgage and banking industry. Today, there are more than 700 employees working for Orlans' companies.
According Jayne, Orlans is especially passionate about helping underserved children. Orlans is a co-founder of Beaumont Hospital's First Words Society and volunteers with the Detroit Institute of Arts and Inforum Center for Leadership.
This is the second year for The Community House's gala, during which the organization will celebrate its official 90th birthday. In addition to honoring Orlans, The Community House will also recognize others in the community deemed "Pillars of Vibrancy."
According to Jayne, these individuals have made contributions to the community in three key areas of The Community House's mission: education, culture and wellness. Individuals are:
- Carole Deyer, former dean of Macomb Community College
- Pamela Good, president and executive director of Beyond Basics
- Henry Lee, of Howard & Howard
- Maggie Allesee, community arts supporter
- Jeannie Hackett, jewelry designer
- Connie McEwan, artist
- Pierre Boutros, owner of Mills Pharmacy
- Ed Mamou, owner of The Root Restaurant
- Dr. Svetlana Mishulin, of Heartland Healthcare Centers
The black tie optional event begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 16 with a reception for gala sponsors and VIP guests beforehand. Guests will be entertained by an ensemble from the Michigan Philharmonic.
After dinner, there will be a "sponsor a child" live auction. Individual tickets are $250 and seating is limited. Sponsorship opportunities are available between $5,000-$25,000. For more information, contact Kathie Ninneman at 248-594-6403.