Former NYC area detective returns to Flint

FLINT – Bill Paige, a former policeman/ detective in and around the New York City Metropolitan Area, returns to Flint May 8 for a keynote presentation at the Young Life of Genesee County banquet at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center.

The event is free however reservations are required. They can be made by visiting the website at

“Bill Paige is by far one of Young Life’s most requested speakers,” said Sue Frownfelter, Area Director for Young Life of Genesee County. “He is warm, funny and an inspiration to all who have been fortunate enough to hear him speak. What’s more, he understands the challenges of families in Genesee County. His passion has impacted countless lives, including those in other countries. We believe he is returning with a special message for Genesee County.”

Young Life’s Annual Dinner will include Paige’s keynote presentation with an exciting overview of the success of Young Life of Genesee County. Young Life is an international faithbased non-profit organization that has been active in Genesee County since 1965, thanks to the vision and heart of late businessman Woody spearheaded the outreach to Skaff who spearheaded the outreach to unchurched youth.

Since then, thousands of area youth have been positively impacted by the high-energy programming and one-onone relational mentoring that occurs with Young Life staff and volunteers.

Young Life of Genesee County is locally supported through local businesses, foundations, churches and individuals from throughout the county. With a projected budget of more than $400,000, the banquet is an important part of raising the necessary funds to sustain and expand the outreach efforts. Young Life currently is available for middle school and high school aged youth throughout the county with active programming specifically for Flint, Grand Blanc, Linden, and Lake Fenton.

Paige served 21 years in senior leadership of Young Life, recently retiring as Special Assistant to the President of Young Life, Prior to that, he was a policeman and detective in and around New York City Metropolitan Area. He served 14 years as the associate chaplain at Children’s Village, where he worked with emotionally disturbed boys in the city.

An ordained minister, Paige speaks frequently at chapel services for Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL) teams, including two opportunities to speak at the NFL Pro Bowl. Paige recently authored Hope on a Rope: Lifelines for Knuckleheads, a book that examines the subject of hope through scriptures and personal anecdotes, describing with candor how he encountered issues that could have defeated him.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the banquet. Details: Call 810-391-2189 by May 1. – G.G.

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