A Message From Our Director | 2015: A Reflection on HUB's 50th Anniversary
2015 was a remarkable year for us. In the midst of recognition, reflection, and celebration of HUB’s 50 years of existence, was business as usual for our students and staff. The legacy of the program has always been one of dedication and commitment to the progress of the students it serves. Thanks to the efforts of many, this legacy is being preserved. From the donors to the HUB faculty and staff, from Dominic DiMarco and Arlyce Seibert to the volunteers, everyone’s contribution allows HUB to continue its mission without interruption.
In looking at how our year started, we owe Clay Mathews, Cranbrook Schools Director of Communications, a tremendous amount of gratitude for the remarkable winter edition of “Tradition” which highlighted HUB in an article entitled “Horizons-Upward Bound, Celebrating 50 years of HUB.” It was his superb description of HUB, usage of current and historical photos, articles, and alumni reflections, which ignited a wave of support. The article elevated our visibility and acknowledged our impact, setting us up in the best position to celebrate HUB’s 50th.
On November 14, 2015, the HUB 50th Anniversary Gala allowed us to come together to honor our past, and look forward to the future. The sold-out event included individuals from around the country and indicated how HUB’s community extends beyond metro-Detroit. The Gala displayed a community’s willingness to go the extra mile in helping students who have limited opportunities. Forty-eight alumni attended and for first time since 2010, all four directors were able to meet, share stories and be recognized for their individual and collective efforts in maintaining HUB’s promise. Founding director Ben Snyder’s thoughts regarding the culmination of 50 years, can best be summed up by his closing statement: “The best is yet to come.” If the success of the Gala is any indication of what HUB’s future holds, Mr. Snyder will indeed be correct. As we continue our work into 2016 and beyond, we will look at Mr. Snyder’s words as a measure to live up to. We will continue to seek ways to improve that will help ensure HUB’s longevity and help our students create better futures for themselves.