Saginaw’s LaMarr Woodley returns to his hometown to serve as keynote speaker at “An Evening with LaMarr Woodley”, a special event with proceeds to benefit Saginaw Promise programming and scholarships on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Horizons Conference Center. Sponsorships and tickets are available; tickets are $125 per person. The evening includes a Sponsor’s Reception, Silent Auction (which will include special autographed sports items and more), Dinner and Program. Woodley will serve as keynote speaker and will also participate with a Q&A session conducted by Sports Hall of Fame President, Jack Tany.
In 2000, Woodley, as a member of the Saginaw High School football team, won Michigan’s Division II State Championship. He went on to play for Coach Lloyd Carr at the University of Michigan and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American and earned many honors. Drafted by the by the Pittsburg Steelers, he had the opportunity to play in and win Super Bowl XLIII. Woodley has earned many honors during his NFL career and throughout has continued to support and benefit his hometown of Saginaw.
The Saginaw Promise is working to affect Saginaw’s economy and quality of life by promoting and supporting a culture of post-secondary education for all of its graduating students with information, programming and “last dollar” scholarships. Board Chair, Joyce Seals stated that “when we strengthen Saginaw, our core urban center, we strengthen surrounding communities and the entire Great Lakes Bay Region.” Since 2012, the Saginaw Promise has awarded $552,776 in scholarships to 356 students.
In partnership and collaboration, the following outcomes have been achieved in the past four years:
- Graduation rates have increased AHHS from 70.67% to 81.19% and SHS from 55.74% to 80.62% (2010-2013)
- Dropout rates have decreased AHHS 16.61% to 6.88% and SHS 16.94% to 6.98% (2010-2013)
- Saginaw Public School’s College enrollment grew from 42.3% to 51.2% (2010-2013/14)
- Saginaw Promise scholars presently attend 23 community colleges, universities and trade schools throughout Michigan
- Class of 2016-17 number 91 scholars
Walmart Foundation provides funding for new website and community outreach initiatives to promote Saginaw Promise, scholarship application process and resources to assist parents and students navigate post secondary education 24/7; saginawpromise.org
Registration for sponsorships/ads and tickets (using a credit card) are available at saginawfoundation.thankyou4caring.org/Woodley. For Questions or cash purchases, contact Deborah Sanchez at (989) 755-0545 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.