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Focus: HOPE Fundraiser Centers On Josaitis’ Legacy

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In this 2005 photo, Eleanor Josaitis is surrounded by the group of Focus: HOPE students. (Credit: Joe Wilssens Photography)

In this 2005 photo, Eleanor Josaitis is surrounded by the group of Focus: HOPE students. (Credit: Joe Wilssens Photography)

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DETROIT (AP) - The life and legacy of Focus: HOPE co-founder Eleanor Josaitis will be celebrated at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center in downtown.

“The Light for HOPE Eleanor M. Josaitis Tribute” runs Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Proceeds from the event are expected to push a fund in Josaitis’ name over the $1 million mark. The goal is $10 million.

The fund was established at the request of Josaitis and her family to ensure the civil and human rights organization’s job training programs, providing of food to children and senior citizens, and educational and economic opportunities in neighborhoods surrounding Focus: HOPE’s Detroit campus.

Josaitis died in August after being diagnosed two years ago with cancer.

Focus: HOPE was founded in 1968 after riots widened the rift between black and white residents.

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