Greektown Casino Hotel’s Eclipz Lounge was host to Detroit Piston’s Charlie Villanueva, along with several other V.I.P’s. on April 24th. Detroit’s basketball elite came out to support a private fundraiser for cause very near to Vllianueva’s heart. The ‘Wish Upon a Teen’ Organization.
In the mist of the cocktails, music and beautiful people change was being made by donations of the guest along with an silent auction with proceeds going to support the programs at ‘Wish Upon a Teen’. “I strongly believe in the work that the folks at Wish Upon a Teen are doing,” said Villanueva, power forward for the Detroit Pistons,” I just want to be one more advocate to help bring awareness to the teens that are sometimes forgotten.”
Detroit Piston, Point Guard, Rodney Stuckey was also in attendance,“Charlie is one of my teammates and like a brother to me, I am here to support him, his cause and the foundation.”Stuckey said.
Founder and President, Michelle Soto, talked about what gave her the vision for this organization “I have always worked with children and one of the things I learned working with children is that teenagers are always left behind. People want to do things for the younger children, typically under the age of eight. But those children do get older and the services start to become more minimal.” Soto continued, “My goal was to create a organization that didn’t leave any teenager behind. Teenage life can be difficult, imagine being a teenager with a life altering issue.”
Wish Upon A Teen is a non-profit organization that through creative, interactive social and educational events the teens they assist will rediscover and rebuild their self-esteem and continue the healing process towards a healthy reintegration into society.
For more information on this great organization or how you can get involved please visit www.wishuponateen.org
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