Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint's 9th Annual Steak Dinner Will Honor Longtime Local Representative Congressman Dale E. Kildee

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-Detroit-based Quicken Loans, Fathead LLC are proud presenting sponsors of annual award-

“Dale’s dedicated and tireless work in Flint and the surrounding area has made such a tremendous impact on young people, including these future community heroes here at the Flint Boys & Girls Club,” said Patrick McInnis.

More than 300 guests will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint on Thursday, October 20, 2011 for the 9th Annual Steak Dinner presented by Quicken Loans Inc. and Fathead, LLC. The 4th Annual Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award will be presented at this year’s ceremony, When I Grow Up: A Celebration of Opportunity & Achievement, to Congressman Dale E. Kildee. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a meal compliments of Outback Steakhouse, a silent auction and presentations from youth members of the Boys & Girls Club.

The Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award was established in 2008 as a way to recognize an individual or group for a significant investment of time, talent and treasure in youth living in Flint, Michigan. The award was named in recognition of Fathead CEO and Flint native, Patrick McInnis, whose investment in the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint has directly resulted in a more vibrant and positive organization where area youngsters can learn, play and grow into productive citizens. The award is presented annually at the Club’s Steak Dinner in October.

“Presenting the Community Hero Award to Congressman Kildee is truly an honor,” said Patrick McInnis. “Dale’s dedicated and tireless work in Flint and the surrounding area has made such a tremendous impact on young people, including these future community heroes here at the Flint Boys & Girls Club.”    

When asked about being honored with this prestigious award, Congressman Kildee commented, “I am honored to be receiving the Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award. Throughout my career, I am proud to have worked with wonderful organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint to help protect and nurture children in our communities. These achievements have been some of the happiest of my career and I am honored to be recognized with this award.”

The Steak Dinner is a key component in the success of the Boys & Girls Club, and has helped the organization offer the largest single-site summer youth program in Genesee County and continue as The Positive Place for Kids. Boys & Girls Club members are incorporated into all aspects of the event, giving dinner guests a truly unique experience to meet some of the children they assist with their generosity.

Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and fifth largest retail lender overall, and Fathead, the Real Big brand of officially licensed sports and entertainment graphic products are the official sponsors of the event. In addition, many community partners and sponsors help make this event a success including Bank of America, Big John Steak & Onion, Bishop International Airport, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Comcast, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, General Motors, HealthPlus of Michigan, Sonitrol Tri-County, UAW Region 1C, and the United Way of Genesee County.

Dinner tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities starting at $100 are available. For more information about the event visit http://www.bgclubflint.org and click on News – Events – Annual Steak Dinner, e-mail bgcgfdevelopment(at)comcast(dot)net, or call (810) 249-3452.

About Quicken Loans Inc:
Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed its 1 millionth loan and a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010. Quicken Loans generates loan production from five web centers located in Detroit, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as a San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates for 2010. “QuickenLoans.com” has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the Top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for seven years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ ‘Top Workplaces of 2010’ List. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010 and now has more than 3,000 of its nearly 4,500 team members in the city. For more information about Quicken Loans, visit http://www.quickenloans.com.

About Rock Holdings Inc:
Rock Holdings Inc. is the parent company for several financial services related businesses and employs more than 4,000 team members. These client-focused and technologically-driven companies include Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home lender and One Reverse Mortgage unit, the fastest growing reverse mortgage lender in America; Title Source, a nationwide leader of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services; Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), a mortgage origination platform servicing community banks and credit unions across the country; In-House Realty, the preferred real estate partner of Quicken Loans that matches clients with trusted real estate agents in all 50 states; and, Quizzle.com, the online innovator and website where consumers manage their home, money and credit. Rock Holdings, Inc. also recently moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit.

About Fathead LLC:
Fathead LLC is the Real.Big. brand of officially licensed sports and entertainment graphic products. Fathead gives fans the opportunity to bring their favorite passion or inspiration to life. Fathead wall graphics include the flagship "Real.Big." the life-size, high definition wall graphics of professional athletes, animated heroes, entertainment characters, team helmets, stadiums and logos. Fathead products also feature Fathead Customs, available in Mounted Canvas and patented Vinyl with a choice of classic Fathead die-cut or mural style. Fathead recently launched Art and Décor graphics comprised of contemporary, photographic and fine art by SM/ART. Fathead Corporate Solutions provides unique signage and décor alternatives for companies seeking flexible and creative marketing solutions by utilizing Fathead innovation to create any shape, size or design for visually stimulating, high impact results. Fathead is manufactured in the USA and based in Detroit, Michigan. Fathead carries thousands of images and maintains over 400 license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. For more information, visit http://www.fathead.com.

About Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint:
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint is a positive and safe place for all children, with special attention for those from challenged circumstances, to attend after school and during the summer. It costs only $10 per year for a child to become a member (assistance available), while the actual cost of providing service is about $350 per child. The difference is made up through grants, foundations, individual donors and support from corporate partners. The Boys & Girls Club provides programming to 1,500 local youngsters in two Club locations, Averill Avenue and Haskell Center, in five core areas: Sports, Fitness & Recreation, the Arts, Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, and Health & Life Skills.

About Congressman Dale E. Kildee:
Congressman Kildee has been a lifelong advocate for youth in Michigan and throughout the country. Congressman Kildee spent 10 years as a teacher, first at University of Detroit High School and then at Flint Central High School. As a U.S. Congressman, he has fought to pass key legislation such as improvements to Head Start, reform of child nutrition programs and the creation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Over the years, Congressman Kildee has been a strong supporter Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint, helping them secure federal funding to improve and expand their services.

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