Empowerment Dinner & Celebration

The Empowerment Dinner & Celebration
is our annual our gala event honoring a community member for his or her continued commitment to empowering survivors of abuse through philanthropy and activism. Attendees enjoy a cocktail reception, a world-famous Frankenmuth dinner, silent auction items, raffles, and a special awards ceremony.


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Mari McKenzie has been named the 2023 Empowerment Award Honoree for Underground Railroad’s 7th annual Empowerment Dinner & Celebration on October 4th at Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center.   Mari spent 36 years as a CPA and partner at Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Advisors, and this year is celebrating 40 years as a URR board member.  She serves as a board member and volunteer for Girls on the Run Great Lakes Bay. Mari is also a proud, decades-long member of Zonta International which advocates for women’s rights, equality, education and an end to child-marriage and gender-based violence throughout the world.