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The mission of Alternatives for Girls in Detroit is more than a mouthful, and the impact of its programs is nothing short of miraculous. AFG’s purpose is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong, and to make positive choices in their lives.

And here are just a few of the direct effects: For the 13th year in a row, 99 percent of the young women in AFG’s Prevention Program old enough to graduate from high school not only graduated, but went on to college. Over the past 25 years, AFG has served more than 105,000 at-risk girls, women, and family members, as well as provided 112,294 nights of care to homeless young women and their children. Also, last year, 94 percent (127 of 135) of girls and young women participating in AFG’s after-school workshops remained drug-free.

On Thursday, AFG celebrated its 26th annual Role Model Dinner at the Fillmore Detroit. More than 400 people were in attendance and enjoyed an evening that included cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, a banquet dinner and the emotional awards ceremony.

This year’s dinner honored Vivian Pickard, Susan Kelly and Krista McClure. Tickets were $200 each and more than $250,000 was raised.

Chuck Bennett is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador and creator of the Social D. See thesociald.com.

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