Oakland Mediation Center recognizes honoree at 20th anniversary gala

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Industry leaders, judges, attorneys, educators, volunteers, dignitaries, community supporters, and family members celebrated April 9 as Oakland Mediation Center rang in their  20th anniversary at “20 Years of Magic — The Magic of Mediation!”

Individual awards were presented to honor the extraordinary efforts of The Honorable Wendy Potts; The Honorable Stephen Cooper; Thomas M. Cooley Law School Dean, John Nussbaumer; and practicing attorney and mediator, Jon H. Kingsepp.

“When we selected our honorees we knew that they were good people, but when you read their bios you are staggered by their accomplishments,” said Bonnie Hanes, executive director of the Center. OMC’s four distinguished award recipients were honored with the 2010 Leadership Award, the 2010 Community Hero Award, the Innovator Award, and the Nanci S. Klein Memorial Award, respectively.

Others in attendance included The Honorable James Alexander, The Honorable Leo Bowman, The Honorable Brian MacKenzie, The Honorable Colleen O’Brien, The Honorable Edward Sosnick, The Honorable Joan Young, Oakland County Commissioner David W. Potts, Birmingham Mayor Rackeline Hoff, President of the State Bar of Michigan, Edward Pappas, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School Assistant Dean, Martha Moore.

“Twenty Years of Magic — The Magic of Mediation” Gala sold approximately 125 tickets and raised more than $10,000 raised to support the expansion of OMC’S Youth Programs and address Michigan’s high school dropout crisis. Guests munched and mingled through the gourmet cocktail hour at the Auburn Hills Marriott-Pontiac at Centerpoint Hotel and enjoyed entertainment courtesy of “that funny, magic guy,” Magician Andrew Bennett.

Since its inception in 1989, Oakland Mediation Center has mediated 34,297 conflicts, served 76,300 individuals, and 30,092 businesses to date. Since the inception of its Youth Education program in 1999, OMC has empowered 76,973 youth to peacefully resolve conflict themselves through a range of programs.