2017 Marnee and John DeVine Leadership Event

Dorothy Farhat

Portrait of Dorothy Parhat

On Friday, May 12, the Marnee and John DeVine Foundation honored Mrs. Dorothy Farhat with the prestigious DeVine Leadership Award. The celebration at Barton Hills Country Club was as gracious and elegant as the award recipient herself. Members of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, including Marnee DeVine, joined Dorothy Farhat’s family in expressing their gratitude and admiration for a woman who has devoted her life to service and philanthropy. A special tribute was also presented to Dorothy, on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder and the people of the State of Michigan.

Presenters emphasized not only the accomplishments of Dorothy Farhat, but the critical importance of the work done every day at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County.  Compassion, devotion, and generosity took center stage for a community determined to keep building and giving, no matter how bleak the circumstances appear to be. As Dorothy observed during her acceptance, the “warmth” in the room was palpable.

Our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed to make this beautiful evening possible: event chair Judy Johns; the steering committee—Sara Atwell, Carolyn Conlin, Katie Elliott, Karen Falahee, Annie Green, Ann Schriber, and Lynn Stella; Tom Conlin; the Farhat family; the Paul Keller trio; and Patrick Adams photography.

The Marnee & John DeVine Leadership Award was created in 2015 to recognize individuals or entities who, through their leadership and vision, have mobilized individuals, institutions, and causes, significantly transforming nonprofit and philanthropic efforts in Washtenaw County. The Leadership Award is presented bi-annually.

To make a donation in honor of Dorothy Farhat, please click the link below.

Link to donate to CSSW in honor of Dorothy Farhat