By Carol Cain
Ed Deeb has spent decades helping businesses across the state grow through leadership of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association and its sister group, the Michigan Business and Professional Association.
He’s also had a profound impact through his vast civic efforts for the past 50 years.
And now, Deeb – who is described by some as the most positive man in Metro Detroit — is being celebrated with a “Roast and Toast” event honoring him Thursday, May 17 at Andiamo Banquet Center in Warren.
Much will be made of his impressive history of helping Metro Detroit.
He worked hand-in-hand with the late Mayor Coleman Young and countless others in addressing racial problems that ensued following the 1967 riot.
He launched Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle, which has been held for 30 years. Over 25,000 young people will attend the summer time event this coming July.
He is also past president of The Guild at St. John Hospital and Medical Center and serves on the board. He serves on the boards of United Way for SE Michigan, Salvation Army, Forgotten Harvest, Boys and Girls Clubs of SE Michigan, Boy Scouts, Detroit Police Cadets, American Red Cross, Dean’s Advisory Council, U-M, Dearborn and Detroit Athletic Club.
He is chairman emeritus of Eastern Market area merchants, was founder and past president of Friends of Eastern Market, and co-founder and board member of Eastern Market Corporation.
Among those taking to the “Roast and Toast” stage to pay homage to Deeb: Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Mayor Dave Bing, Lem Barney, Clarence Harvey, Mona Gualtieri, Ray Deeb and Russ Russell.
Carol Cain, senior producer and host of CBS62’s “Michigan Matters” will also be honoring Deeb, along with fellow broadcasters WDIV’s Carmen Harlan and WJR’s Paul W. Smith (who will emcee).
Proceeds of the “Roast and Toast” event will go towards the Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation.
For information on the event call 586-393-8800.