Meet the 2015 IFLC Awards Dinner Honorees. And Save the Date – October 14, 2015

Each year, we gather to honor some of our community’s exceptional activists, raise funds for our community outreach, religious literacy and conciliation efforts, and enjoy an evening with our interfaith friends. This year, the IFLC annual dinner will be October 14th at Shriners Silver Garden in Southfield.  A pre-dinner interfaith reception begins at 5:30 pm with the dinner program beginning promptly at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there. We are pleased to share this year’s honorees with you, and we look forward to honoring them and hearing from them at the dinner. We hope you’ll join us.

2015 Awards Dinner Honorees

Visionary Civic Leadership Award

Shirley Stancato

Shirley Stancato

The Visionary Civic Leadership Award is awarded to a coalition builder, a risk taker, an individual whose vocation benefits the community as a whole.

As the longest serving president and CEO of New Detroit, Stancato provides strong leadership and guidance to carry-out New Detroit’s mission to improve race relations in Southeast Michigan. Prior to joining New Detroit, Stancato enjoyed a long career at what is now Chase Bank, where she rose to the rank of Senior Vice President. Stancato lead the creation of the first Regional Race Equity Report in 2014.

Stancato has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association of Community Leadership, Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women, Woman of Achievement by the Anti-Defamation League, and the Detroit News Michiganian of the Year. Stancato also appeared in Who’s Who in Black Detroit – the Inaugural Edition, 2006. A lifelong Detroiter, Stancato is a graduate of Cass Technical High School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University.

For more information on Shirley Stancato, please visit the following links:

An op-ed written by Shirley

CBS News Journal, Michigan Matters, featuring Shirley Stancato

Community Service Award Honoree

Brother Al Mascia

Brother Al Mascia

The Community Service Award was created to honor an individual who devotes their time, energy and good-will to non-profit community service activities.

Brother Al Mascia, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of the St. John the Baptist Province. The Franciscan heritage is a veritable treasure trove of poetic, imaginative and lyrical ways of preaching and living the Gospel. As Brother Al travels from place to place singing old melodies as well as his own story-songs, he has the joy of ministering as did his Franciscan ancestors of old when they went about as ioculatores Domini, or minstrels of God! In this way, he stays wonderfully connected to an ancient spiritual narrative. Brother Al is currently in residence at the newly re-established Duns Scotus Friary at the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace where he is deeply involved in community outreach projects aimed at serving the less fortunate in metro-Detroit.

For more information on Brother Al, please visit the following links:

About his community outreach work with the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace

Two short video clips detailing more of Brother Al’s community work:

Wheels of Warmth: Brother Al’s Bicycle Cart Ministry

Brother Al Mascia & This Hood Of Ours Feeds The Community

Interfaith Leadership Award

Steve Spreitzer

Steve Spreitzer

The Interfaith Leadership Award is awarded to an individual who has spent years active in interfaith work, conceiving and implementing interfaith work and initiatives.

Steve Spreitzer is the President and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable. He served as Interim President and CEO from August 2013 until July 2014, Director of Programs from 2008 to 2013, managed the Roundtable’s Interfaith efforts from 1996 to 2008 and Walk2gether Michigan from 2004 to 2008. Spreitzer received his Masters in Social Work at Michigan State University, where he studied the role of the faith community in advancing social justice. Steve has worked in community mental health, criminal justice ministry and legislative advocacy. He has received recognition from the World Sabbath for Religious Reconciliation, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Hindu American Foundation.

For more information on Steve Spreitzer, please read this Detroit Free Press article