‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Belle Isle’s Luster Grows Amid State Stewardship

By Carol Cain
CBS Detroit

Despite its controversial genesis of Michigan taking over Belle Isle as a state park amid Detroit’s bankruptcy last year, the end result has been positive. That according to Sarah Earley, chairwoman of the Belle Isle Conservancy, because of one thing — “resources.”

Earley, who has been a champion with many others working to keep the parcel as a public park that helps the community, made her comments during taping of “Michigan Matters.” She said she welcomed the state’s role because, “they have resources the city of Detroit simply did not have.”

Earley will be among hundreds of area women and men who gather this Wednesday’s at its 10th annual “Polish the Jewel” luncheon at Belle Isle Casino to raise money for improvements on the island. The non-profit has raised $2.5 million the past 10 years during the event.

Also appearing on the show was Michelle Richards, executive Director of the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, and Lynn Perenic, resident and CEO of Argent Tape & Label, LLC.

Michelle Richards, CEED, and Lynn Perenic, Argent Tape & Label, with host Carol Cain talk about an event to help women in business (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

Michelle Richards, CEED, and Lynn Perenic, Argent Tape & Label, with host Carol Cain talk about an event to help women in business (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

Laura Oliver, president of the Association for Women in Communications, also appeared to discuss their meeting this Wednesday on “Changes in the Media Landscape” being held at CBS 62.

Laura Oliveto, president of Association for Women in Communications, with Carol Cain , talks about their "Changing Media Landscape" event this Wednesday night at CBS 62 studios. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

Laura Oliveto, president of Association for Women in Communications, with Carol Cain, talks about their “Changing Media Landscape” event this Wednesday night at CBS 62 studios. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

Speaking on the AWC panel is Debbie Kenyon, who runs CBS radio stations in Metro Detroit, Christy Strawser, who is in charge of CBS Detroit’s digital landscape, and Carol Cain, of “Michigan Matters.”

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Learn more about the AWC event: Changes in the Media Landscape

Carol Cain is the Emmy Award winning Senior Producer/Host of “Michigan Matters” which airs 11:30 am Sundays on CBS 62. She also writes about businessicon1 Michigan Matters Focus: Belle Isles Luster Grows Amid State Stewardship and politics in Sunday’s Free Press. She can be reached at clcain@cbs.com.

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