The First Step Gala | You Are the Light


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The First Step Gala | You Are the Light

November 08, 2024
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Laurel Manor

39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI, 48150

What Is the First Step Gala?

Domestic and sexual violence can leave a lasting impact on the victims. Supporting these survivors is crucial — as is raising awareness, whether through volunteering or events like the annual First Step gala.

The First Step Gala aims to help raise funds and awareness for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Guests can enjoy a plated dinner and cocktails while listening to live music from The Bluewater Kings or bid on the silent auction. The night will feature an award ceremony and survivor speakers, who will share their stories to help others.

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The Theme: You Are the Light

Survivors may find themselves stumbling through the dark, struggling to figure out the best path forward. Many may search for a light to guide them. Our theme, “You Are the Light,” symbolizes providing that idea; with your support, we can provide others with the hope and support they need to move forward.

We interweave this theme into every aspect of the gala. Lights fill the space, helping to provide a visual representation of the theme and highlight the message. Guest speakers will talk about their own experiences and how they were able to cope after these difficult events. The atmosphere creates an emotionally resonant night that can provide you with resources — whether as a survivor or someone aiming to be a community partner.

When Is the First Step Gala?

The First Step Gala will take place on Friday, November 8th, 2024. Make sure to mark it on your calendar so that you can plan ahead and clear your schedule!

The doors will officially open at 6:15 p.m. Check-in, take the time to speak to other guests, explore auction items, or find your seat. Dinner officially begins at 7:00 p.m., where guests can enjoy either a chicken dish or a stacked vegetable tower, depending on their preference. The open bar will be available all night for you to enjoy.

After dinner, the night will feature an awards ceremony, guest speakers, and a silent auction. Doors officially close at 11:30 p.m.

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Where Is the First Step Gala?

The First Step Gala will take place at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI. This fantastic location features a large ballroom and banquet hall, fantastic staff, and beautiful amenities to provide the evening with a little extra elegance. In addition, the Laurel Manor can host thousands of individuals, making it perfect for such a major event.

The manor itself has a well-lit parking area for any guests arriving the night of. It’s also fully ADA/ACA accessible. Once on-site, guests can enjoy free WiFi, explore the beautiful event center, and otherwise absorb the wonderful atmosphere.

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Sponsorship Opportunities for the First Step Gala

One of the main goals of First Step is to help provide support to survivors. Sponsors are crucial for us to be able to continue hosting our gala and continue our mission.

Sponsor levels include:

  • Beacon of Hope Sponsor
  • Luminescence Sponsor
  • Brilliance Sponsor
  • Illumination Sponsor
  • Radiance Sponsor
  • Ultraviolet Sponsor
  • Glimmer Sponsor

Sponsorship levels will vary depending on how much you donate, ranging from $500 to $50,000. Each sponsorship level will provide you with event tickets and a mention in our program; additional benefits can include ads, media recognition, and more.

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Be Part of The First Step Gala: You Are The Light

Seating is limited, so it’s important to RSVP to the event. Tickets are now available!

Do you have additional inquiries about our event? Would you like someone to help guide you through the registration process? If so, then e-mail Carrie at We would be happy to explain more about the First Step Gala and assist you with anything you need.

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