Community Action 50th Anniversary Dinner and Awards

Date: 
Apr 30

What a great evening!

April 30, 2014, the eve of Community Action Month, will be the date of MCAAA's awards dinner at which we'll celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Community Action movement. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Economic Opportunity Act on August 20, 1964, establishing Community Action Agencies across the nation that would become his foot soldiers in the War on Poverty, bringing local energy and direction to anti-poverty efforts at the community level.

President Johnson's point man on the War on Poverty was the legendary public servant, Sargent Shriver. So we are especially proud to announce his son, Mark Kennedy Shriver, will be our featured dinner speaker. Mark Shriver is Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Save the Children, an international nonprofit advocate of children's welfare and development. He is also the author of an acclaimed biography of his father, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father.

The anniversary and awards dinner will be held at the Lansing Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner following. We will present our annual Community Action Awards, recognizing the achievements and contributions of agency clients and volunteers. Then, on May 1, CAAs from across the state will staff exhibit tables on the main floor of the Capitol building to acquaint legislators with the programs that are having real impact in reducing poverty and improving economic self sufficiency in Michigan. 

For details on the anniversary dinner  and to purchase tickets, please click here. (Community Action Award winners will be guests of MCAAA and but should still be registered by their sponsoring CAA to ensure accurate meal counts.)