2017 Michiganians of the Year celebrate

The Detroit News
Front row seated, from left: Allie Greenleaf Maldonado, Debbie Dingell, Stephen Polk, Shell Jones and Odis Bellinger. Back row, from left: Kary Moss, Detroit News assistant managing editor Felecia Henderson, Detroit News managing editor Gary Miles, Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley, Detroit News editor and publisher Jonathan Wolman, Mark Wallace, Matthew Simoncini and Fred Upton.

DetroitMichiganians of the Year gathered Tuesday for a banquet in their honor at Motor City Casino Hotel.

The honorees were Allie Greenleaf Maldonado, chief judge or the 4,566 citizens of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Petoskey; U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; U.S Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; Kary L. Moss, executive director ACLU of Michigan; Mark Wallace, CEO of Detroit RiverFront Conservancy; Matthew Simoncini,  Lear Corp. CEO; Odis Bellinger, founder of Building Better Men; Shell Jones, founder of Play-Place for Autistic Children; and Stephen R. Polk, businessman and philanthropist.

They join a long list of distinguished individuals that The Detroit News has honored each year since 1978.