Ele’s Place Annual Healing Hearts Society Fundraising Breakfast


Ele’s Place Ann Arbor, a healing center for grieving children and teens, will hold its 11th annual Healing Hearts Society Fundraising Breakfast.

WHO: Ele’s Place welcomes featured family speakers, the Ramsey and Torrible-Spoor families, Jackie Silhanek- Emcee; Dan Layman – President & CEO of Ele’s Place, Monica Brancheau – Director, Howdy Holmes – President & CEO of Chelsea Milling Company & Co-Chair of the Ele’s Place Capital Campaign, Mike Halpern – Volunteer Facilitator & Community Board Member, Ele’s Place staff, board, capital campaign cabinet, donors, volunteers and supporters; and media.

WHAT: Ele’s Place Annual Healing Hearts Society Fundraising Breakfast

WHEN: 8:00 – 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Registration opens at 7:30 AM

WHERE: Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest

1275 S. Huron St.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

COST: Free to attend. Space is limited, please reserve your attendance by calling the Ele’s Place Ann Arbor office at (734) 929-6640 or by email at sbodner@elesplace.org.

DETAILS: At the Healing Hearts Society Fundraising Breakfast, attendees will enjoy breakfast while listening to inspirational stories from parents, children and teens who have previously attended Ele’s Place Ann Arbor. Our family speakers include Charles Ramsey and his son Chandler; Mr. Ramsey is a former Assistant Basketball Coach at University of Michigan and Head Coach for Men’s Basketball at Eastern Michigan University. Charles and his two sons attended Ele’s Place in 2017 after the death of his wife, Allison. Our other family speaker will be Susan Torrible-Spoor whose children attended Ele’s Place after the tragic death of her husband, Martin Spoor. Martin Spoor was one of two University of Michigan transplant surgeons aboard the eight-seat Cessna jet that plunged into Lake Michigan shortly after taking off from Milwaukee. Susan’s three young children attended Ele’s Place in 2007 the first year we were open in Ann Arbor.

Immediately following the presentation, guests will have an opportunity to make a donation. This year’s event is generously sponsored by The Hylant Group, Old National Bank and Plante Moran.

Proceeds from the event will support children and teens coping with the death of a parent, sibling or another close family member or friend. Ele’s Place serves an average of 100 families weekly at no cost, through on-site peer to peer support groups. In addition, Ele’s Place supports approximately 120 grieving students annually through Ele’s Group; its school-based program. For more information, please contact Ele’s Place Ann Arbor at (734) 929-6640 or visit elesplace.org.

About Ele’s Place

Ele’s Place is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Through peer support group programs, Ele’s Place helps children to cope with the death of a parent, sibling or other significant persons.

Before coming to Ele’s Place, many grieving children feel alone and keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their parents or other family members. Often, friends don’t seem to understand if they haven’t had a similar experience. But each week at Ele’s Place, hundreds of grieving children find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel and begin to heal after a significant death. For more information, visit elesplace.org.

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