UAW-Ford invests in the arts, donates funds to Detroit Repertory Theatre

Keynote speaker S. Epatha Merkerson
Keynote speaker S. Epatha Merkerson; Photo Courtesy

With the season of giving rolling in, what better time to give back to support a great cause than now? UAW-Ford has invested in the arts by donating $20K to the Detroit Repertory Theatre in honor of their 60th year anniversary and in an effort to help keep neighborhood based, professional theatre strong.

UAW-Ford and Detroit Repertory Theatre have built a great partnership, mainly because of the dedication both institutions have to the city of Detroit.

“UAW-Ford is committed to serving the community, and helping to keep local arts alive and accessible,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles. “We are proud to partner with the historic Repertory Theatre, as it celebrates 60 years of production excellence.”

On November 19, the Detroit Repertory Theatre will host its annual black-tie fundraising gala and award ceremony in celebration of 60 years in theatre production. The event will be hosted by former WKBD Detroit news anchor Amyre Makupson. There will be a live performance of the play “The Realization of Emily Linder” and the keynote speaker will be “Law & Order “star S. Epatha Merkerson, who will speak on the importance of keeping arts and culture alive.

UAW-Ford is all about improving the quality of life. Since 1941, they have been committed to providing opportunities that secure both economic and social stability for American workers and their families. “At Ford Motor Company, we believe that community theatre is one place where artists can express themselves,” said Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Company vice president, Labor Affairs. “When we invest in arts and culture in the community, we are supporting diversity of thought, creativity and self-expression.”

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