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Acclaim Community Outreach Services

Annual Board of Directors Banquet 2008
Friday August 22, 2008  6:30PM
The American Serbian Memorial Hall
19940 Van Dyke @ Outer Drive
Detroit, MI  48234
Theme:  "Serving Others With A Spirit of Excellence"

Acclaim Community Outreach Services hosted its Annual Board of Directors Banquet on Friday August 22, 2008.  The keynote speaker for the event was Lee Thomas of Fox 2 News.  Lee shared the story of his struggle with vitiligo and how individuals could overcome unusual circumstances.  Lee's presentation was very educational, inspiring, and extremely heartfelt.
Lee states, "The story that has truly changed my life is my own. I told you my story about my battle with a disease called vitiligo and your viewership and support never changed. Many of you sent me messages of hope and strength. Thank you for your support."  Lee knows that life is not to be taken for granted and his humility and perseverance are to be commended.  He says, "Life is a gift".
The ACOS Board of Directors sponsors an evening of motivation by hosting an annual banquet to meet the needs of the organization^s vision, mission & goals.  Each year a keynote speaker is selected whose background shows outstanding community achievements.  The speaker is honored at this event, along with new Board members and current Board members who have achieved service awards.  ACOS has honored such recipients as Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke, 92.3 FM radio personality Frankie Darcell, Detroit^s 36th District Court Judge Donald Coleman, and BET's Gerard Henry (see below).  Special acknowledgements are also made at this time for many of ACOS^ donors and supporters. In addition, this event is held at a local community establishment in which Acclaim Community Outreach Services shows support of local community businesses and organizations.  
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Gerard Henry is the host of BET’s Sunday morning gospel program “Lift Every Voice” and the author of “Voices of Inspiration”, and “Sex At It’s Best: Going AWOL (Abstinence Without Lust)”. He is a visionary who sets an example of the type of leadership that society needs today. Gerard has faithfully served at Hope Christian Church in Lanham, Maryland. He is also a graduate of the University of Maryland having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio-TV-and Film. Mr. Henry hosts the highly rated gospel music video show "Lift Every Voice. 

Mr. Henry desires to establish a mentoring program for teens and produce a variety of media that will appeal to all types of audiences. He says, “One of my primary goals is to motivate people to use their gifts to bring honor & glory to God.” Mr. Henry, along with his wife Terry, and 2 children currently reside in Atlanta, GA.