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The YWCA of Greater Flint welcomes Erin Brockovich

FLINT – The YWCA of Greater Flint will host the 18th annual Circle luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint. Philanthropic and community minded individuals from across Genesee County will gather together in support of the YWCA’s mission to empower women and advocate for change.

This year’s keynote speaker, Erin Brockovich, is an advocate and environmental activist, best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct action lawsuits in U.S. history and is the subject of the 2000 film ‘Erin Brockovich.’

Funds received at The Circle luncheon will provide direct support for the programs and services of the YWCA, including victim advocacy, crisis counseling, basic needs assistance and SafeHouse, the only emergency shelter for domestic violence victims in Genesee County.

Registration and information about the services of the YWCA is possible at our website:

Details: Call 810-238-7621.

Hurley Foundation receives $125,000 grant

FLINT – The Hurley Foundation has received a $125,000 grant from the Metabolic Studio ( The grant will support the Flint Water Crisis – Pediatric Education and Research Fund, which researches the effects of lead on children in Flint, Michigan. The work, led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha assesses the impact of lead exposure and works to prevent any impacts from lead exposure among the youngest, most vulnerable part of our population. “This grant is significant because it will help Hurley Children’s Hospital and its partner Michigan State University to maintain their commitment to the health and well-being of Flint’s youth who have been exposed to lead” says Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

The Pediatric Public Health Initiative is a collaboration between Hurley Children’s Hospital and Michigan State University that is working to build a model public health program to mitigate the impact of the Flint Water Crisis and to improve outcomes for Flint children through community and clinical programs, childhood health policy and advocacy, and research.

Hurley Children’s Hospital, located within Hurley Medical Center, is the premier pediatric medical facility in the region. We deliver the latest technologies and today’s most innovative treatments, eliminating the need for families to travel far from home for specialized services. Hurley Children’s Center – Sumathi Mukkamala Children’s Center are home for many of the research and clinical efforts to mitigate the impact of lead in our children. The Center features pediatric primary care and specialty care for patients in Genesee County – regardless of need. The Hurley Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization launched in 1993 that supports Hurley’s commitment to clinical excellence and mission, engaging donors and volunteers to contribute resources for hospital programs and initiatives. The Hurley Foundation raises money and useful items, recruits volunteers and builds awareness to support patients and patient families that might not otherwise receive it. – G.G.

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