Shining the spotlight on those who help seniors

Three senior advocates and one organization from the Southeast Michigan area will be honored Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Elder Law of Michigan’s 8th Annual Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards reception at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Among those being honored is Rhonda Powell, director of Macomb Community Action. She is being recognized for her leadership on aging issues throughout the region as well as the entire state of Michigan.

Other honorees being recognized for their significant contributions to the fields of law and aging are:

• Oakland County 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke,  selected in recognition of his work in ensuring seniors are treated with respect and dignity in the court system.

• Robert Spada, deputy chief of the Special Victims Unit, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, selected in recognition of his passion for protecting senior victims from abuse and exploitation.

• First Step, the Western and Downriver Wayne County Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence, in recognition of its leadership in providing domestic violence services to older victims across Southeast Michigan.

“Elder Law of Michigan has chosen to honor these individuals and organizations for their commitments to seniors and the recognition of these efforts by their peers in the service provider community,” said Keith Morris, president of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. 

The honorees,  Morris said, “have made a significant, positive impact on the lives of Michigan seniors by helping seniors put food on their tables, advocating for seniors regarding their legal issues both in and out of the courtroom, or championing the prevention of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults.”

The Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a continued focus on older adults and persons with disabilities. 

Previous Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honorees have included: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (2013), Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley (2011), Judge James Alexander (2015), Judge David M. Murkowski (2014), Judge Edward Sosnick (2012), WMU Cooley Law School’s Sixty Plus Inc. Elderlaw Clinic (2015), and many other attorneys, medical professionals, members of the press, community activists and local organizations.

The Call to Justice Awards reception will begin at 6 p.m. and includes a cocktail hour featuring hors-d’oeuvres and cash bar, followed by an awards ceremony celebrating our distinguished honorees. 

Reception tickets are available at at a cost of $99 per ticket, including a tax deductible contribution of $49. 

The net proceeds of the Call to Justice Awards benefit Elder Law of Michigan through the Access to Justice Fund by supporting Elder Law of Michigan’s Legal Hotline for
Michigan Seniors, providing seniors and vulnerable adults with no-cost legal services.