Telling Tales Out of School

Our Annual Fundraiser

Telling Tales is a powerful evening where professional and new storytellers come together to inspire, challenge, and create community. Subscribe to our emails for an invite to the next Telling Tales!

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Our 2021 Event
Saturday, May 8, 2021

This year, in order to keep guests socially distanced and safe, Telling Tales was held as a drive-in event in the parking lot behind Crossroads Baptist Church in Ann Arbor. It was also livestreamed.

Stories included a high school student who has experienced racism and much more, a parent whose 8-year-old was expelled and an adult who worked with us more than 10 years ago who says we saved his life!

Pizza and goodies were delivered to attendees’ cars from members of the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Roller Derby League. Thank you to Domino’s, Zingerman’s, and Ypsi culinary genius Dawn Keech.

Thank you to Fun Girl Dance Company & School for entertaining us.

Our Community Advocate Award
S. Joy Gaines
First Assistant Public Defender
Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender.

Educator Advocate Award
Hannah Huget
Social Worker, Holmes Elementary School
Ypsilanti Community Schools

2021 Sponsors

Lear Corporation

Kris and Dave Denzin

Academic All-Star
Nancy Wheeler

Honor Roll
Bank of Ann Arbor
Barr Engineering Co.
Joan Binkow
Brighton Light House
Chuck Warpehoski and Nancy Shore | Change Works Consulting
Angelos and Katherine Constantinides
Alicia Davis
Austin Memorial Foundation
Jonathan Dean and Denise Tanguay
Sean Duval and Alina Verdiyan
Jen and Dave Haines
Maggie Gibbons
Level One Bank
Old National Bank
True Community Credit Union
Erick Williams and Margaret Nielsen
Ruth & Andy Zweifler


Jessica “Decky” Alexander and Bruce Kutinsky * (Empty Screens Sponsor)
African American Cultural and Historical Museum* (Empty Screens Sponsor)
Arbor Teas
Dr. Percy Bates
B&B Payee Services
Bredernitz, Wagner & Co., P.C.
Walter Brown and Linda Edwards-Brown
Barbara and Doug Cecil
Tonya Kneff-Chang and Rich Chang
Annette and Kerwin Charles
Marwan Cherri
Dykema Gossett, PLLC
State Representative Donna Lasinski
Ethel Lee
Michigan Virtual
Nacht & Roumel, PC
Noetic Search
NSF International
Layton and Daicia Price
Francisco J. Sanchez
Maria Sheler-Edwards, Real Estate One
Harvey and Janya Somers
Rossi Ray-Taylor, PhD
Peri & Matt Stone-Palmquist
Peter Tchoryk (Springmatter | Michigan Aerospace)
Marianne Udow-Phillips and Bill Phillips
Wessinger Properties

Empty Screen Sponsors

Kira Berman
Sen. Jeff Irwin and Kathryn Loomis
Andy LaBarre
MAIZ Mexican Cantina
Michigan Center for Youth Justice
Eli Savit
Rep. Ronnie Peterson