You Are the Light Gala – 2023 Gala


First Step You are the Light 2023 Gala

You Are the Light Gala – 2023 Gala

October 06, 2023
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Laurel Manor

39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI, 48150


Karen Wilson Smithbauer

Bridgewater Interiors

Mace Insurance Agency · CFCU · Joan Hennessey
Vonda Grant · Corewell Health

MASCO · Donald and Mary Kosch Charitable Fund · Rich Lyons
Integrated Process Developers · Blue Cross Blue Shield MI

The Guidance Center · Jennifer Hartke and Andy Hetzel · UAW Local 600 · XFER
Advantage One Credit Union · Bob and Kathy Rosowski

First Merchant Bank · Lori and Ken Kitchen-Buschel · Dynamic Medical Management Solutions
June Nicholas · Tracy O’Keefe · Diane Allen · Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth · Elaine Tingle
Jesica McCullough · 4 All Your Moves · Patrice Alexander · Argent
Carla O’Malley · Westland Police Community Partnership · Samantha Martens · Baker Tilly
Dorinda and Jeremy Hughes · Diamond Jack River Tours · Embassy Title Agency
Deloitte · Wendy Woodward, GPS Financial · Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Advisors · Genelle Allen
Adient AABRG · John Patterson · TCS Michigan

John and Nancy Colina · Cathie Teifer · Kathy and Mike Aznavorian · Fred Shadko

Say It Write · Assured Partners/Daly Merritt · Kathy Cronin · Tim Cronin
Chris and Susan Hancock · First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth
Nancy Garon · David Garon · Charles Pfeffer · Catherine Stratford · Diane Hults
Katherine Fuller · Bob and Diane Missler · Jim and Kathy Bernard
Strategic Energy Solutions · Sheron Marteen · First American Title · Theresa Bizoe
Dr. Noel and Debra Jackson · Mondo Unlimited


But our online silent auction is open! You can preview items and bid online here: Auction closes on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10p. You do not have to be present to win! Proceeds benefit our ARK (Animals Receiving Kindness) program.

You Can Help Overcome the Problem of Violence in the World

Your support will help shine a light on the problem of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in our community. 

Come and join your First Step family at this fun awards gala, and share in a delicious dinner, drinks, dancing, and silent auction.  

By purchasing an event sponsorship or buying a ticket to the First Step You Are the Light Gala, you ensure that when a victim of domestic or sexual violence reaches out for help, First Step will be there.  

First Step stands ready to help survivors who need support to transform their lives from fear and trauma to hope and safety, but we need your help. 

Since 1978, First Step has been working to create peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County.  Your support of this gala will help provide free services, such as shelter, transitional housing, counseling, legal information, children’s programs, assault response, food, transportation, and advocacy. First Step even has a program for the pets of the families in shelter, so that furry loved ones don’t get left behind. More information about First Step can be found at

We will be honoring and celebrating the work of key people who have made a significant contribution to First Step’s mission. The rest of the evening will be yours to celebrate and enjoy the music, food, dancing, and company.