News Articles 2013-14

Green Tie to Honor Ford Motor Co Fund & William Brehm


DEARBORN 4/9/14—On May 7th, the Dearborn Education Foundation’s Green Tie Dinner will honor the Ford Motor Company Fund, one of the foundation’s most critical partners, and William Brehm, a distinguished academic philanthropist whose investment in Fordson High School graduates has impacted that entire community.

The Ford Motor Company Fund prides itself on partnering with those entities which “have a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering high-quality programs and services.” Given those standards and the fact that groups from across the country seek grants from the Fund, the Dearborn Education Foundation is honored to be a grant recipient.

However, the Foundation’s relationship with the Fund is not merely based on a single grant. Under the leadership of Mike Schmidt, Director of the Fund’s Education & Community Development Department, the Ford Motor Company Fund has sought to strengthen its long-term relationship with the Dearborn Education Foundation thereby deepening its investment in the Dearborn Public Schools. Over the years, the Ford Motor Company Fund has invested $80,000 in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-related classroom tools for the Dearborn district. In honor of this ongoing commitment, the Foundation has selected the Ford Motor Company Fund as its 2013-14 Victory Award winner.

In 2008, Mr. Brehm launched the Brehm Scholarship Program. Through an annual competitive application process, a handful of Fordson High School seniors are awarded this four year scholarship to attend the University of Michigan.

The story of the Brehm Scholarship is one of passion, pride and purpose. An alumnus of Fordson High School, Mr. Brehm started the scholarship after visiting Fordson’s campus some 50+ years after his own graduation. On the tour, he observed that, “there wasn’t a mark of graffiti…[not] a dented locker.” The Fordson staff person accompanying Mr. Brehm responded, “There’s a reason for that: These kids are proud of this place.”

That Fordson pride, displayed so clearly in the beauty of its halls, rekindled Mr. Brehm’s own passion for his alma mater and inspired him to launch his scholarship. In turn, the Brehm Scholarship has planted the seeds of purpose in many a Fordson student. These students have made the choice not simply to succeed, but to strive for the level of achievement required by “the Brehm”. While not every senior can earn this prestigious award, many try, and, in so doing, succeed far beyond their initial hopes.

For acknowledging Fordson pride and for sharing his passion with the Fordson community, the Dearborn Education Foundation has selected William Brehm as its 2013-14 Prominence Award winner.

Please join the Dearborn Education Foundation for its inaugural Green Tie Dinner to celebrate partnerships of passion, pride, and purpose. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the DPSEF office (Dearborn Public Schools Administrative Service Building at 18700 Audette in Dearborn).

EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Welcome aboard Jackie Lovejoy and Salvador Zavala!


Jacqueline Lovejoy Salvador Zavala

DEARBORN, Michigan (10/10/2013)—In July, the Dearborn Education Foundation bid a fond farewell to board members Jennifer Giering and Dale Bender. They worked diligently on behalf of the foundation to promote education, the foundation, and to raise funds for Dearborn Public Schools. The foundation is grateful for their participation and dedication. 

Joining the foundation’s board of directors are Jacqueline Lovejoy, President of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and Salvador Zavala, a certified public accountant and partner at the Heller & Wetzler CPA firm.

Jacqueline Lovejoy joined the Dearborn community in June 2013 when she accepted the post of President at the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. For the previous 15 years, Jackie worked at Davenport University wearing many hats, including director of job development, director of the Romeo and Oxford Campuses, admissions training manager and, finally, regional employment and internship manager. The theme which ties her last 15 years of work experience to her role on the foundation’s board is the value of corporate involvement in education.

Salvador Zavala and his wife joined the Dearborn community in 2009. As a certified public accountant, Sal has worked with Deloitte Tax, LLP and Plante Moran, PLLC. He is now a partner at Heller and Wetzler, PC which specializes in small business accounting, consulting, and income tax planning for businesses and individuals. Sal will replace Dale Bender as the board’s treasurer. Sal’s professional skill set and commitment to community made him the ideal candidate for this role.

Eddie N. Fakhoury, Executive Director of the Dearborn Education Foundation, thanks the entire board of directors, past and present, for their efforts: “I remain pleased with the level of talent that the foundation’s board continues to attract. We have a wealth of experience and talent on our board that continue to propel us forward.”



DEARBORN, Michigan (10/10/2013)—On September 29th, led by FORE’s co-chairs Mayor Jack O’Reilly and Superintendent Brian Whiston, golfers and supporters gathered at Dearborn’s TPC Golf Course for a full day of golf topped off by dinner, awards, and a silent auction. Despite grey skies and drizzling rain, every team showed up to play, dine, and bid. 

FORE (Funding Opportunities and Resources in Education) continues to be the Dearborn Education Foundation’s signature event not only because of the dollars raised but also because of the immense community effort that is required to make it a success. This year was no exception.

The event raised more than $90,000 to impact Dearborn Public Schools. The Dearborn Education Foundation’s board of directors and executive director extend their deepest thanks to AXA Advisors, the event’s premier sponsor, as well as all of the golfers and businesses who contributed their time and resources.

Eddie Fakhoury, the foundation’s executive director, extends a special thanks to the volunteers who coordinated the event, including Jacqui and Jillian Rivait, the foundation’s own board of directors, the Walsh and HAP volunteer teams, and, especially, the DFCU volunteer team.

FORE a Win! 9/30/13


Despite gloomy, wet weather, the Education Foundation's premier event, the FORE Golf Outing, was in full swing last Sunday. Thank you to everyone who came out for the event and a special thanks to those who volunteered their time to coordinate the event. More news about this event will be coming soon!

Foundation Launches Blog 9/29/13


The Dearborn Education Foundation just launched its first blog. We'll keep it updated with the latest happenings at the Foundation, so please check us out over at the Dearborn Patch.

SMART School Bond Kick-Off 9/11/13


The Dearborn Education Foundation's executive director, Eddie Fakhoury (pictured above), served as Master of Ceremonies at the SMART School Bond's Kick Off event. The event donned a construction theme to remind attendees that monies raised by the bond will be used to improve Dearborn Public School buildings. The improvements range from new classrooms to new lockers. But the bond will do more than improve the structural integrity of our buildings, it will also cover the costs of much-needed technology, transportation, and security improvements. To read more about the event, please see the Dearborn Patch article. (Photo above also from Dearborn Patch).

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