5th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing 8/31/15

5th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing 8/31/15
Posted on 06/09/2015
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*Dear Neighbor, 

An epidemic is plaguing our country. Did you know that every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school? This translates into hundreds of thousands of high school students in Detroit alone at risk of dropping out.

Despite their zip code, every student deserves the opportunity to receive a quality education at a high performing public school and thatʼs why I founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) on the Northwest side of Detroit. When we opened our doors four years ago, we made a commitment to prepare all of our scholars to not only graduate from high school, but to graduate from college - a real game changer in urban education!

We know education must play a critical role in transforming our community. I am proud to share 97% of our inaugural class graduated on time and 100% of the these scholars gained college, trade/technical school or military acceptance. Focused on a 9-16 model, we are fortunate to have a College Success Counselor and an Alumni Success Counselor on staff to provide support to our scholars before and during college.

Funding an open-enrollment, public charter high school is not an easy task, especially in Detroit where we receive roughly 85% of what nearby suburban schools receive from the State. In addition, unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive funding to purchase, lease, or improve facilities. Often times, this causes financial challenges that can limit the charter schoolʼs ability to provide appropriate accommodations. To financially support both the transformational educational opportunities for students at JRLA, and to provide the necessary facilities to house these unique programs, Operation Graduation is hosting a fundraiser to support the capital campaign.

Please support our efforts by attending the 5th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing Presented by Tom Gores and Platinum Equity on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Michiganʼs private Detroit Golf Club. Sponsorship opportunities and additional information can be found on the following pages.

This will undoubtedly be a fabulous event but, more importantly, the money we raise will help provide additional opportunities and resources for our scholars. I hope to see you there!

Jalen Rose

5th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing Invite

Special Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:
Presenting: Tom Gores & Platinum Equity
Premium: Lear Corporation
Dinner: Victory Automotive
Hospitality: Wells Fargo, Wolverine Advanced Materials, Jeep, TA Systems & MFCU
Putting Green: Emabond Solutions, Nick and Ivette Khan, Meijers, SAF Holland & Marathon Petroleum
Driving Range: Shifman & Carlson
Tee Hole: Creative Artists Agency, Schostak Brothers & Company, Johnson Premier Realty Company, NBRPA, Underground Printing, CR Myers & Associates, Pulte Capital Partners, UAW-Ford and Windsor Express
In-Kind: Kelleher Enterprises, Gatorade & Absopure
Gift Bags: Tom Gores & Platinum Equity, Detroit Pistons, adidas, Carl's Golfland, Ambassador Magazine, GHD CPA's and Advisors & Champion

Special Thanks to our 2015 Participating Celebrities:
Dennis Archer, Sr - Honorable Mayor of Detroit
Maceo Baston - University of Michigan & NBA Veteran
Chauncey Billups - NBA All-Star & Champion
Dave Bing - NBA Hall of Famer & Honorable Mayor of Detroit
*Lomas Brown - NFL Veteran & ESPN Analyst
Doris Burke - ESPN Commentator
Willie Burton - All-Big Ten Team (Minnesota) & NBA Veteran
Mateen Cleaves - CBS Sports Analyst & NBA Veteran
Derrick Coleman - All-American (Syracuse) & NBA All-Star
*Earl "The Twirl" Cureton - 2x NBA Champion
Kristen Danyal - Miss Michigan USA 2012
Jim Davis - NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player
Chris Douglas-Roberts - Conference USA Player of the year (Memphis 2008) & NBA Veteran
*Mike Duggan - Mayor of Detroit
Michael Eric Dyson - Author, NY Times Contributing Opinion Writer & MSNBC Political Analyst
Howard Eisley - NBA Veteran & Washington Wizards Assistant Coach
*Vince Ellis - Detroit Free Press
Brad Galli - WXYZ-TV Anchor/Reporter
Vincent Goodwill - Bulls Insider Comcast SportsNet Chicago & Detroit News Alum
Manny Harris - All-Big Ten Team (Michigan) & NBA Veteran
Earle Higgins - Michigan State University & ABA
Anderson Hunt - Detroit Southwestern, 1990 NCAA Champ (UNLV) & Final Four MVP and JRLA Parent
Jermaine Jackson - NBA Veteran & UDM Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Jimmy Jackson - 2x Big Ten College Player of the Year (Ohio State) & NBA Veteran
Ray Jackson - Michigan "Fab Five" Legend
Dana Jacobson - Host & Reporter for CBS Sports Network
David Jacoby - ESPN Producer & Grantland Host, Writer & Editor 
Levi Johnson - Former Detroit Lions Player
Tony Jones - Detroit Southwestern, All-Conference (Fisk) & Head Coach Windsor Express (NBL Canada)
Jimmy King - Michigan "Fab Five" Legend & NBA Veteran 
Lila Lazarus - Television Personality & Spokesperson
*John E. Long - University of Detroit Star & NBA Champion
Ben Lyons - University of Michigan Alum & Entertainment/Sports Personality
Rick Mahorn - All-American (Hampton) & NBA Champion (Pistons Bad Boys)
*John Mason - Detroit Pistons P.A. Announcer & Morning Radio Host
Ray McCallum - UDM Head Men's Basketball Coach
Reggie McKenzie - All-American (Michigan) & NFL Veteran
Terry Mills - NCAA Champion (Michigan) & NBA Veteran
Willie Norwood - NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player
Morris Peterson - NCAA Champion (Michigan State) & NBA Veteran
Jalen Rose - Michigan "Fab Five" Legend, NBA Star Veteran & ABC/ESPN Analyst
Pat Sheridan - World Series Champion & MLB Veteran
Rhonda Walker - Morning News Anchor WDIV-TV4
Perry Watson - Michigan Basketball Coaching Legend (Southwestern, Michigan & Detroit-Mercy)

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