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3rd Annual Celebration of Hope Event

We’d Love To See You There

Friday, October 20, 2023
6 – 9:30 PM Oakland Center at Oakland University
312 Meadow Brook Rd, Rochester, MI 48309

Join Us!

Join us in celebrating Common Ground’s 3rd annual Celebration of Hope and raise funds for programs including Victim Services. Enjoy a night of camaraderie & networking, strolling dinner with drinks, live entertainment and a program celebrating Common Ground’s 2022-23 accomplishments and vision for the coming year.

Join us for a Starry Night Filled with Hope!

Complimentary valet
Cocktail or business casual attire
Coat check available

Questions? Talk with our team

Purchase Tickets

Sponsor the Event

Day-of Event Information

Event Emcee:

Ali Hoxie – WXYZ Channel 7 Reporter


The event features a strolling dinner with various food stations to meet the needs of all dietary preferences and a dessert station.

A complimentary bar with beer and wine is included with your ticket. Liquor will not be served.


We are thrilled to host an exciting program, emceed by Channel 7’s Ali Hoxie, including agency updates from the President & CEO, personal stories from the Kay White Legacy Award honorees, raffle and wine pull sales, and more. The evening also includes a live performance by the Rob Louis Trio.


Try your luck at the Raffle

Participate in the wine pull

Mission donations are always welcomed

Kay White Legacy Award

The Kay White Legacy Award recognizes dedication and leadership to Common Ground and its mission to help move people from crisis to hope. Honorees embody the selfless commitment and inspirational spirit in one or more of the following areas: leadership, business savvy, fundraising, volunteerism, and recruitment.

The 2023 Honorees are Sheriff Mike Bouchard and dedicated volunteer Chris Ruen. 

Mike Bouchard
Christine Ruen

Event Proceeds to Support Programs Including Victim Services

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Victim Services programs at Common Ground.

Victim Services assists victims of all crime at no cost. People who have been victimized by homicide loss, sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, assault and robbery can receive services to reduce immediate trauma through advocacy, crisis counseling, legal consultation, support groups, referral services and more.

After someone has been victimized from a crime, they often face trauma physically and emotionally. Additionally, their sense of safety and privacy can be at risk. But the aftermath of crimes effects more than just the individual – it effects other family members, friends and community members. Common Ground’s Victims Services team is there to support victims, but also raise awareness and provide training to community service providers. Federal funding has been cut drastically in 2022. Funds raised from this event will ensure our team can continue to offer services to our most vulnerable people and communities.

Join Our Volunteer Crew

If you’re interested in helping our celebration go off without a hitch, please consider volunteering at the event. On top of donating your time and energy to a worthwhile cause, you’ll also meet other passionate community leaders dedicated to helping people move from crisis to hope.

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Thank you 2023 Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Red Carpet & Bronze Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Lisa Bouchard
Don & Susan Campbell
Campground Pediatrics + Wellness Center
Dobrusin Law Firm
Marjorie D.
First Independence Bank
Gordon Advisors
Tanner Hamilton, Financial Advisor, Prudential
Pharmascript of Michigan