Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson honored three individuals
for making Oakland County a better place to live, work, play and raise a
family at the 19th Annual Quality People, Quality County (Q2) breakfast
at the Centerpoint Marriot in Pontiac on Sept. 14.
Receiving accolades this year were Marye Miller, executive director of
the Older Persons' Commission (OPC) in Rochester; Forrest Milzow,
philanthropist and owner of the Deer Lake Athletic Club in Clarkston;
and Joseph Welch, president and CEO of ITC Holdings in Novi.
"All three honorees are enhancing the quality of life in Oakland County
through their efforts to help others," Patterson said. "They truly
deserve this year's Q2 award."
Miller is improving the quality of life for Oakland County's senior
population. She ensures older residents of all ages have access to
programs and services that promote active and healthy lifestyles. OPC
offers excellent adult day services; home delivered meals to seniors; a
branch of the Rochester Public Library catering to the interests of
older residents; senior advocacy services; and nutrition and
transportation services. The OPC also offers a plethora of activities
for active seniors who want to be involved in health and wellness,
leisure travel, performing arts, and so much more.
Milzow's Q2 Award is as much about him as it is his late wife, Dr.
Jacqueline Milzow, who passed away seven years ago this month.
Jacqueline retired from Pontiac Schools after 30 years of caring for and
educating Pontiac students with special needs. To honor his wife
posthumously, Forrest established the Jacqui Milzow Memorial Scholarship
Fund. It supports the Clarkston SCAMP Program, the Promise Zone of
Pontiac, and Pontiac students who want to further their education in
college. Milzow also opens the doors of the Deer Lake Athletic Club
twice a year to children in the Abused and Neglected Unit at Children's
Village. In addition, Milzow oversaw the construction of a mortgage-free
home for the Shrauger family, who lost their home to financial
difficulties caused by traveling back and forth to Texas to see their
son who was wounded in Iraq.
When Patterson established his Emerging Sectors initiative in 2004, his
vision was to have high-tech companies providing sustainable,
high-paying jobs for decades to come. Welch, as president and CEO of ITC
Holdings in Novi, is achieving that vision. Under Joe's leadership, ITC
has been focused on investing in the high-voltage transmission system
that provides best-in-class service to customers and transmission
infrastructure improvements that increase reliability and lower energy
costs. Joe, however, is more than a high tech job provider. He is a
generous supporter of The Brooksie Way Half Marathon & 5k Race and
the Dennis Toffolo Endowed Scholarship at Oakland Community College
(OCC). Joe also dedicates countless hours as co-chair of the Oakland
County Business Roundtable.
Past recipients of the Q2 Award since 1993 when Patterson first started
the program include: Late Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Ernie
Harwell, legendary Free Press sports writer Joe Falls, radio personality
Dick Purtan, Flagstar Bank, and T&C Federal Credit Union to name
just a few.
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