DETROIT, MI- November 11, 2020 – SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. announces that it will hold a Virtual Awards Ceremony this year in place of its traditional Amigos de SER Business Recognition Luncheon. Rico Razo, Deputy Director, Bridging Neighborhoods, City of Detroit will be the Master of Ceremonies. Tiffany S. Douglas, Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Bank of America and Jabari Jefferson, Deputy Director, 24-Hour Economy, City of Detroit will deliver the keynote address at the Amigos de SER Virtual Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2020, which will be broadcasted through virtual platforms such as YouTube and Facebook Live.
Mrs. Douglas is Market Executive for Michigan at Bank of America, implementing the Environmental and Social Governance initiatives for the Bank on the Local Markets Organization team. Supporting the Market Presidents and Michigan Leadership Teams, the BAC Foundation and community outreach activities and initiatives, Mrs. Douglas supports business integration and oversees more than $3+ millions of investments that help to drive and respond to community and economic development and critical needs in Michigan; she aligns the bank’s resources and capabilities against community need.
Mr. Jefferson is currently a college student at Henry Ford Community College pursuing his lifelong dream of public service. During his high school career at Detroit Edison, he met the founding Director of Customer Service and now 24-Hour Economy Ambassador for the City of Detroit. Due to his ambitious and relentless mindset, during high school, Mr. Jefferson worked summers in public service through SER Metro-Detroit’s Work Based Learning program and interned at the Mayor’s Office for three years. He was recently appointed the new Deputy Director of the 24-Hour Economy, which is allowing him to continue his path of service and success.
“It is exciting to have this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both our partners and our participants who have distinctly demonstrated a great deal of perseverance, resilience, and adaptability this year through the current national environment,” says President and CEO of SER Metro-Detroit, Eva Garza Dewaelsche. “We are thrilled to recognize them through a format that allows our supporters to join us from the safety of their home or office.”
In addition to remarks from Mrs. Douglas and Mr. Jefferson, the event will recognize its graduates for their program success and their dedication in overcoming challenges. Four graduates, Gerardo Figueroa, John Hubble, Joan Olisakwe, and Eugenio Vidaure will be presented with the “Journey to Success” award. Two graduates Fouzeeh Alhomaidim and Roman Trammell will each be awarded a $1,000 Frank D. Stella scholarship.
Last year’s Amigos de SER Business Recognition Luncheon brought together over 500 leaders from the community, corporations, academia, and government. To register for this year’s virtual event or for information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit SER Metro’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About SER Metro-Detroit
SER Metro Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. (SER) is a community-based organization that believes in advancing people, growing businesses and strengthening communities. For the past 49 years, SER has assisted thousands of vulnerable and impoverished residents from across the City of Detroit and the region in becoming financially stable through quality employment, education and training programs. For more information, visit https://sermetro.org.