Reverend Dr. Sue Ellis Melrose named First Annual Dick Tupper Community Service Award Winner

Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House, with support from the Farmington Area Goodfellows, is pleased to announce that Reverend Dr. Sue Ellis Melrose has been selected as the recipient of the first annual Dick Tupper Community Service Award.  The award will be presented at the Neighborhood House 25th Anniversary Fundraising Gala on Thursday April 24, 2014. 

Rev. Melrose was nominated for her work as Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.  During this time she has shown to be a visionary in identifying the growing needs and challenges of those in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community.  Through her own congregation and the Farmington Interfaith Council, she has spearheaded efforts to engage others in support of Neighborhood House.  She was instrumental in promoting community programs such as THAW, South Oakland Shelter and ongoing support of St. Alexander’s Church food pantry.  She consistently demonstrates an ability to listen well and hear the unspoken needs of those in the community.  She inspires others to take action with her caring heart and commitment to our community.  “We are very honored to present this award to Sue Melrose”, said Alan Maxey, President of Neighborhood House.  “She has been a dedicated leader in our community and a great supporter of Neighborhood House.”

The Fundraising Gala celebrating both Rev. Melrose and Neighborhood House’s 25th Anniversary will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, The Gala will be held at the Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, MI from 4-7pm.  Neighborhood House was founded 25 years ago by community leader Dick Tupper, in order to provide year round help for Farmington/Farmington Hills residents. Dick Tupper was a longtime Farmington resident and businessman, who gave countless hours serving his community and inspiring others to do so as well.  Rev. Melrose is a perfect recipient of this award as she genuinely reflects those attributes. 

The presentation of the award will take place at 6pm.  The event will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Tickets are available now with a suggested donation of $25.  Tickets can be purchased at the Farmington Public Schools’ Central Office (32500 Shiawassee, Farmington), by calling Neighborhood House office (248-871-2848) or from any Neighborhood House Board Member.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the Gala.  Additional donations are gratefully accepted!

Neighborhood House serves the residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills by providing needed assistance throughout the year.  This can be direct financial help for rent, utilities or prescriptions, for food, or referral services for other locally available aid and resources.  All proceeds from the Gala will go directly to those in need in our community.  Last year, Neighborhood House provided financial assistance to over 250 families in our cities.

Thank you to our event sponsors Botsford Hospital, City of Farmington Hills, Colonial Car Wash, Colonial Oil Exchange, Farmington Center Florists, Farmington Public Schools, LOC Federal Credit Union, McCarthy & Smith, Papa John’s Pizza, Real Estate One-Mary L. Bush, Sunflour Bakehaus and Tupper Door & Hardware.  


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