On May 10th, 2024 we gathered for our annual event, Telling Tales Out of School, at Huron High School in Ann Arbor. The fundraiser is a space where people can come together to celebrate the art and craft of storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center and our work of keeping students in school.

The evening’s programming included a musical performance by Aint Afraid, community awards, and three inspiring stories by two students and the grandmother of an SAC student who was tragically killed in his senior year of high school.

  • You can check out videos from the night here.
  • You can check out the program here.
  • You can check out photos here.

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated, as well as our sponsors, food and drink providers, storytellers, staff, volunteers, committee members, photographers and videographers, and everyone else who in any way made this event (and SAC’s work) possible.





Alicia Davis

Kris and Dave Denzin

Academic All-Star

Kathy Constantinides

Golden Limousine International

David and Jennifer Haines

Richard and Carol Sheridan

Denise Tanguay and Jonathan Dean

True Community Credit Union

Chuck Warpehoski and Nancy Shore

Nancy Wheeler

Honor Roll

Bank of Ann Arbor

B&B Payee Services

Keisha Blevins

Tonya Kneff-Chang and Rich Chang

Maggie Gibbons

Old National Bank

Oxford Bank

Matt & Peri Stone-Palmquist

Wacker Chemical Corporation

Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Ruth Zweifler


The Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP

Arbor Teas

Dr. Percy Bates

Bredernitz, Wagner & Co., P.C.

Doug & Barbara Cecil

Karen and Charles Chapell

Annette & Kerwin Charles

Creating Fires for Justice, LLC


Linda Edwards-Brown

Engage @ EMU

First Merchants Bank

Craig and Carrie Hernandez

Senator Jeff Irwin & Kathryn Loomis

Nick & Jordan Else

Kappa Foundation

Lidia & Aaron Kraft

Ruth Kraut and Michael Appel

Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre

Michigan Center for Youth Justice

Michigan Medicine

Layton & Dr. Daicia Price of Priceless Development Consulting

Noetic Search

Pott Farms

Rossi Ray-Taylor

Francisco Sanchez and Beth Rini

Eli Savit

Sara Saylor and Jose Bartolomei

Ms. Mary Phillips Smith

Amanda and Riley Smith

Dr. Richard Tolman and Naomi Woloshin

Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office

Marianne Udow-Phillips and Bill Phillips

University Bank

The Virtual Educator Network