Over $111,000 in Mentoring and Scholarships Funds Were Raised at the “Make Your Mark” Tribute Dinner Honoring Irma Elder

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Aston Martin of Troy, Michigan hosted a benefit fundraiser for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program to celebrate the life of their beloved CEO Irma Elder. The dinner raised over $111,000 to benefit at-risk girls in 54 high schools in the metro Detroit area.

Jennifer Valoppe with board members Lori Blaker and Laurie Cunnington

Irma was an amazing woman and a dear friend”, said Laurie Cunnington, WOT board member. “She was a wonderful example to the Women of Tomorrow girls showing what they could accomplish through hard work and dedication.

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program has received over $111,000 in donations from the “Make Your Mark” dinner that was graciously hosted by Aston Martin of Troy, one of the 11 dealerships owned by the late Mrs. Elder.

Irma Elder, a Detroit icon, was a devoted benefactor to Women of Tomorrow (WOT) and the epitome of a positive role model for every member of the organization, both mentors, mentees, school organizers, board members and staff alike.

“Irma was an amazing woman and a dear friend”, said Laurie Cunnington, WOT board member. “She was a wonderful example to the Women of Tomorrow girls showing what they could accomplish through hard work and dedication. Irma would be proud to know that her tribute dinner would help so many young women.”

Nearly 150 of Metro Detroit’s community members were in attendance to honor Irma and pay tribute to her positive message of courage and responsibility. Irma’s words of wisdom mirror the goals of Women of Tomorrow to help at-risk young women achieve their full potential through mentoring and education.

Mentors are recruited from the area’s most accomplished professional women who work in small group settings to mentor the girls in their schools. The girls are selected from a broad definition of “at-risk” including dropping out of school, becoming involved in gangs, drugs and other problems.

About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow currently mentors over 1,100 girls in 54 Metro Detroit public high schools in approximately 21 cities. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 96% high school graduation rate, and increased academic performance each year they are in the program, to a statistically significant degree. To date Women of Tomorrow has awarded $639,618 in scholarships to metro Detroit area girls.

Contact: Nancy Thompson, 248-496-4965

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