Distinguished volunteers honored for their generosity and commitment to UM-Dearborn

11/11/2019

Awards were presented at the 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day Dinner, held by Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter.

AFP 2019
AFP 2019
Ibrahim Elmezain (left), Julie Blue, Kevin Blue, Chancellor Domenico Grasso, David A. Wolfe, Susan Hull Grasso, Donald Skidmore, Sherry Skidmore, Daniell Patterson, Jeff Golota, Deb Blazaitis

National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, was created by Congress to recognize those individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations whose philanthropic activities contribute so much to our community and set a standard of philanthropy for others to emulate. Each November, AFP Greater Detroit hosts an event to honor local volunteers and philanthropists who help our community thrive.

This year, six alumni/volunteers were recognized as Distinguished Volunteers for their generosity and commitment to UM-Dearborn.

Kevin Blue (’07 B.A., ’09 B.B.A., ’12 M.P.A.)—Family

Eva Gogola and Kevin Blue
Eva Gogola and Kevin Blue
Eva Gogola and Kevin Blue

Kevin Blue is a super volunteer. He not only gives UM-Dearborn his time, but he also supports UM-Dearborn through philanthropy. He is creative and constantly thinks about how to get more students and alumni engaged with one another. Kevin treats everyone he meets like family, including the students he mentors. In addition to being an alumnus, Kevin remains an active member of the UM-Dearborn family through his involvement with the Alumni Society Board and Graduates of the Last Decade—the latter of which he previously served in a leadership role. Kevin was also the 2018 Alumni Service Award Recipient.

Ibrahim Elmezain (’12 M.B.A.)—Generous

Ibrahim Elmezain
Ibrahim Elmezain
Ibrahim Elmezain

Ibrahim is immeasurably devoted to being a part of the Dearborn difference. He is tirelessly committed and gives his time through university events. Ibrahim has previously served as a member of the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society Board and held leadership roles on many board committees. Ibrahim supports scholarships and he participates, time and time again, in the alumni mentoring program.

Jeff Golota (’85 B.A.)—Passionate

Jeff Golota
Jeff Golota
Diane Gulyas, Jeff Golota and Deb Blazaitis

Jeff Golota is a successful business executive, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist who is passionate about sharing his knowledge, experience, and resources with university students to help them realize their full potential. Jeff also serves on the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Dean’s Advisory Council, sponsors the Sargon Partners Undergraduate Research Showcase, and supports UM-Dearborn in many other ways that positively impact students.

Daniell Patterson (’90 B.S.A.)—Ambassador

Dan Patterson and Cris Frendo
Dan Patterson and Cris Frendo
Daniell Patterson and Cristina Frendo

Dan is immensely generous with his time through his service as a member of the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society Board, and he actively participates as an alumni mentor in the alumni/student mentoring program on campus. He is deeply committed to ensuring student success by supporting scholarships, and he turns to UM-Dearborn graduates to fill talent needs in the workforce.

Donald Skidmore (’17 B.A.)—Devoted

Donald Skidmore
Donald Skidmore
Sherry and Donald Skidmore

Don is very passionate about conservation and preservation of natural spaces and is part of the Friends of the Rouge organization, as well as the Friends of the Detroit River. Don has been a great volunteer and supporter of the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) at UM-Dearborn and led a social media campaign for the Birding by Ear project, benefiting the EIC.

David A. Wolfe—Dedicated

Kelly Cronin, David Wolfe, and CECS Dean Tony England
Kelly Cronin, David Wolfe, and CECS Dean Tony England
Kelly Cronin, David A. Wolfe and Tony England

David Wolfe has impacted students in UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in important ways. His service includes both the college's Visiting Committee and Industrial Advisory Board, offering expertise on current and future industry needs. As President of Acromag, Inc. David has supported the legacy of its founder Henry Patton and the Henry Patton Scholarships on our campus.

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