Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today 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.
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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