Spark of Hope Gala 2018






SAVE THE DATE – MAY 19, 2018


Please join us at our annual Spark of Hope Tribute Gala on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Renaissance Center’s GM Wintergarden. The evening’s festivities include a delicious seated dinner from Andiamo, fun entertainment, exciting silent and live auctions, and the company of like-minded philanthropic leaders.The gala will also honor two of Life Directions’ strongest supporters for their contributions to the young people of Detroit – Terrence B. Larkin, Executive VP, Business Development and General Counsel, Lear Corporation and Life Directions Board of Trustees Chairman, and Jack Aronson, Founder of Clean Planet Foods.


The funds raised at the gala will support Life Directions’ mission and play an imperative role in funding the impactful program of mentorship we provide our local youth.


Inspire your peers to support the 2018 Spark of Hope Gala with an event sponsorship, donating auction items, and purchasing tickets to help raise funds for youth in Detroit.


For more information please contact: Danielle Hilliker, Executive Director at

Terrence B. Larkin
Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Terrence (Terry) B. Larkin
2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Terrence (Terry) B. Larkin is the Executive Vice President, Business Development, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Lear Corporation. Lear Corporation is one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive seating and electrical systems with 257 facilities located throughout 39 countries. Lear is ranked #151 on the Fortune 500. In his position, Mr. Larkin holds responsibility for Lear’s Business Development and Legal and Regulatory matters globally. In addition, Mr. Larkin oversees Lear’s Internal Audit and Compliance functions. Mr. Larkin graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 with high honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. He received his J.D. cum laude in 1979 from Wayne State University Law School where he served as an editor of the Wayne Law Review. Upon graduation, Mr. Larkin began a 28-year career with the business law firm based in Detroit, Bodman PLC. Mr. Larkin was named a partner at Bodman in 1986 and thereafter was appointed as a member of Bodman’s Executive Committee, the managing partner of Bodman’s office in Troy, Michigan, and chairman of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Kelly Services, Inc., Life Directions and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Jack Aronson
Guiding Light Honoree
Jack Aronson
2018 Guiding Light Honoree

Jack Aronson is a former restaurateur who, with his wife Annette, founded Garden Fresh Gourmet in Ferndale, Michigan, back in 1998. Having grown it into one of the premier deli supply companies in North America, with over 400 employees, the Aronson sold Garden Fresh to the Campbell Soup Company in 2015, on the condition that they commit to keeping manufacturing operations in Ferndale and further invest in the local community. Jack remains affiliated with Campbell, serving as technical advisor on many of the company's fresh food initiatives. In 2016, Jack and Annette founded Clean Planet Foods, which makes clean proteins and other healthy entrees, and whose mission is to change the way the world eats—for the better! Clean Planet Foods currently operates a USDA manufacturing facility in Clinton Township. Jack serves on the board of Beyond Basics (an organization promoting youth literacy), as well as the national board of the Salvation Army. Through their foundation, he and Annette are significant contributors to Boys and Girls Clubs of South Oakland County, as well as other charitable causes focusing on bettering the lives of children and young adults. In recent years, Jack's passion for healthy food, combined with his abiding interest in innovative food manufacturing processes, has driven him to become a thought leader in the application of High-Pressure Processing (HPP) to the production of safe, wholesome food products. He remains deeply involved in the emerging food entrepreneur scene in southeast Michigan, and is in the process of constructing Michigan's first HPP tolling facility and food innovation center in Taylor, just southwest of Detroit.

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