Thursday saw the induction of six community leaders into The Macomb Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.
Selected for their philanthropic efforts, community involvement and commitment to Macomb County, the inductees ranged from Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) to Maggie Varney, the founder and CEO of Wigs 4 Kids.
“These distinguished citizens demonstrate exceptional commitment to building our community,” said Peter J. Lucido, chair of the Macomb Hall of Fame and president of Lucido & Manzella, P.C., in a prepared statement. “Their corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership contributions exemplify the highest standards of commitment and achievement over many years and we are proud to recognize them.”
The Macomb Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame, has inducted 50 area leaders in the past 10 years. This year's class includes:
- Congressman Sander Levin, U.S Representative, Michigan 12th Congressional District
- Honorable George C. Steeh, Judge (Retired), US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- Honorable George C. Steeh III, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- Major General Kurt J. Stein, Commander U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command
- Honorable Mark S, Switalski, Chief Judge, Macomb County Circuit Court
- Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO, Wigs 4 Kids
"It's nice to be appreciated honestly and for me it's a pleasure going in with the class of 2011," said Judge Mark S. Switalski. "I know Sander Levin and the Steeh's very well. I've had the pleasure of practicing in front of senior George Steeh, now retired, and practiced law with and against George (Steeh III), the federal judge, and I have a lot of admiration for them, so I'm in very good company tonight."
Wigs 4 Kids Founder and CEO Maggie Varney was the only individual outside of government service to be inducted into this year's class.
"I always am so grateful because I feel when I am honored, they honor the work that I do and the children that I serve," Varney said. "It validates the need that is so great in Michigan and I am privileged to be in such a group of people."