You Are the Light – 2021 Gala

September 24, 2021
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Laurel Manor

39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI, 48150

You Can Help Overcome the Problem of Violence in the World

Your support will help shine a light on the problem of domestic 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.

Your support of this gala will 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.

We will be presenting awards and celebrating the work ofkey people who have made a significant contribution to First Step’s mission. The evening will be yours to celebrate your impact on the community, and enjoy the music, food, dancing, and company

Click here to register online


There are three ways you can choose to participate:

In Person

If health authorities open up large scale community events, we will conduct this event in person.

Livestream Virtual Event

In the event health authorities don’t allow large gatherings in September 2021, First Step will offer the event virtually. Ticket and sponsorship packages can be picked up the day before the event so you and your guests can enjoy the livestream from the comfort of your home or business.

100% Donation

If you would like to sponsor the event or purchase a ticket, yet have 100% of the proceeds to benefit First Step, you can choose to donate and watch the event livestreamed and decline the food and sponsor package benefits as listed in this brochure.


You are the Light Event Invitation cover

View the event invitation

Sponsorship Opportunities

$25,000 Luminescence Sponsor

Event Tickets and Priority Seating for up to 20 Guests
Prominent Full-Page Ad in Event Program
Memento Giveaway for up to 20 Guests
Five Social Media Shout-Outs
Recognition in First Step’s Newsletter
Promotional or Story Video Shared on First Step’s Website, Social Media and Featured During Event

$10,000 Brilliance Sponsor

Event Tickets and Priority Seating for up to 10 Guests
Full-Page Ad in Event Program
Memento Giveaway for up to 10 Guests
Three Social Media Shout-Outs
Recognition in First Step’s Newsletter
Promotional Video or Story Shared on First Step’s Website, Social Media and Featured During Event.

$5,000 Illumination Sponsor

Event Tickets and Priority Seating for up to 10 Guests
½ Page Ad in Event Program
Listing on First Step’s Website
One social Media Shout-Out

$2,500 Radiance Sponsor

Event Tickets for up to 10 Guests
¼ Page Ad in Event Program
Listing on First Step’s Website 

$1,250 Ultraviolet Sponsor

Event Tickets for up to 10 Guests
1/8 Page Ad in Event Program
Listing on First Step’s Website

$500 Glimmer Sponsor

Two Event Tickets
Listing in Event Program

$300 Candlelight Sponsor

Two Event Ticket
Listing in Event Program

$250 Neon Young Professional Sponsor (35 years and younger)

Two Event Tickets
Listing in Event Program

$100 Event Ticket

One Event Ticket
Event Tickets include entrée, dessert, and open bar.

In the event of a virtual only event, meals can be picked up at Laurel Manor or participants can choose to donate 100% of the proceeds to First Step.

Click here to register online

Deadline for recognition in program is September 3, 2021.

You can also mail, email or fax this form to First Step:
44567 Pinetree Drive, Plymouth, MI 48170
Fax: 734-416-5555  info@firststep-mi.org

Please make checks payable to First Step

Questions? Call 734-656-0730 or email tbizoe@firststep-mi.org