Public invited to Tribute Dinner honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

GENESEE COUNTY — Rabbi Karen Companez, of Temple Beth El in Flint Township, will be the keynote speaker for the 36th Annual Citywide Tribute Dinner in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., according to a press release.

“It’s Up to Us to Create a Peaceful and Just Society” is the theme for event, which will be held on Thursday, January 15 at the Riverfront Banquet Center. The dinner celebration is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person and $500 for sponsorship of a table of ten. All tickets must be purchased by Friday January 9, as limited seating is available. Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling:

• The Foundation for Mott Community College at (810) 762-0425,

• Baker College of Flint at 801-766- 4282,

• Davenport University at 810-732- 9977, or

• The University of Michigan-Flint at 810-762-3169.

To order tickets via mail, make checks payable to the MLK Tribute Dinner and mail to: Foundation for Mott Community College, 1401 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503.

Tribute Dinner sponsors includes Baker College of Flint, Davenport University, HealthPlus of Michigan, Kettering University, Mott Community College, and The University of Michigan-Flint.

Rabbi Companez joined Temple Beth El in 2002. During her time as Rabbi at the Temple she has introduced the greater Flint community to Judaism through classes and outreach programs. She currently serves as a member of the Greater Flint Interfaith Circle and is a member of the Boards of Temple Beth El and of the Flint Jewish Federation. Companez was also a member of the Faith/Service-Based Sub-Committee convened to support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Hunger Solution Center this past year, and has served on the Boards of Planned Parenthood and the YWCA.


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