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Kerr Russell is a Wagner Circle sponsor of Community Living Centers' signature event: Celebrity Chefs Dinner

February 12, 2018

Kerr Russell is proud to be a Wagner Circle sponsor of Community Living Centers' 41st Annual Celebrity Chefs Dinner to be held Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Check-In begins at 6 pm; hors d’ouevres served at 6:30 pm; dinner served at 7:30 pm. Kerr Russell ad designed by Nikki Horn.

Each spring since 1977, Community Living Centers hosts its signature event: a gala fundraiser called the Celebrity Chefs Dinner. The organization is honored to have Certified Master Chef Milos Cihelka, founder/owner of the famed Golden Mushroom restaurant in Southfield, recruit 12-15 of the Detroit area’s top chefs. Each chef prepares and donates an hors d’oeuvre or a portion of a 5-course meal for the 300+ guests at the Detroit Athletic Club. More info here.

This year, Community Living Centers will not only be celebrating over 40 years of the Chefs Dinner but also 50 years as an organization. Community Living Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1968 to care for developmentally disabled adults. Their mission is to provide enriching opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals that respect and support each individual’s success and growth through making personal choices in an atmosphere of success. Their goal is to provide safe and comfortable homes that are welcomed in their communities. They actively promote wellness of body, mind, and spirit by providing an enriching environment of opportunities for all of our residents. They are committed to achieving a standard of excellence by being an embraced member of the community and by maintaining the trust, confidence and support of the individuals we serve, making us the home where everyone wants to live. They currently care for approximately 125 developmentally disabled individuals through the following:

  • Residential Living Program for adults living in owned/leased and operated homes
  • Assisted Independent Living Program for adults living in homes and apartments
  • Respite Care Program for children and adults living in their own homes

Thank you to Kerr Russell members Mike Gibson and Mark Stasa for their leadership in the firm's support of this important cause.

Michael D. Gibson has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of business and corporate law. A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, and also co-chairs the firm’s Business & Corporate Law Practice Group as well as the China Practice Group.

Michael represents commercial business enterprises in a range of industries, including auto suppliers, healthcare entities and construction contractors. He provides assistance with corporate agreements (shareholder, franchise, consulting, confidentiality, non-compete, employment, sales representative, severance, termination, sales terms and conditions); banking related documents; leases and purchases of real estate; joint ventures; entity formation; bylaws; corporate governance issues; license and operating agreements; securities law and SEC filings. Michael represents U.S.-based businesses as well as entities headquartered in Europe and China

A particular strength of Michael’s practice is in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including mergers with publicly traded companies, reverse mergers into public corporations, PIPE transactions, management buyouts of divisions and subsidiaries of private and public companies, the sale and purchase of family owned entities and purchase and sale of troubled companies in workout situations. His work on these projects includes entity structure, drafting of all pertinent documents, legal due diligence, securities filings and consultation with clients as to strategy and negotiations. 

Michael also works closely with individuals and corporate clients in the estate and family planning context. This includes analysis and consultation regarding usage of wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, family LLCs, gifting, charitable foundations and trusts, corporate transition planning and structuring, insurance trusts, life insurance, annuities, self-canceling installment notes, and discussions with families and corporations on the practical aspects of financial tools.

Michael was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.

Mark J. Stasa has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of estate planning, health care law and general business law. A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, he co-chairs the firm's Estate and Trust Planning & Administration Practice Group.

In the estate planning context, Mark’s practice includes the creation of wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, family LLCs, gifting, asset protection planning and insurance and retirement planning. Mark has handled estates ranging in value from $1 million to those of multi-generation, high net worth families.

A particular focus of Mark’s practice resides in establishing private family foundations, and in representing and advising trade associations, nonprofit organizations and closely held businesses. including the use of industry promotional funds, labor negotiations and the establishment of ventures between associations.

In his health care practice, Mark represents individual physicians, dentists, multi-specialty practice groups, and hospitals. He assists with joint venture and other projects along with providing advice on tax, asset protection, contract and regulatory issues.

Mark frequently speaks before hospital groups, physician trade associations and medical residents on topics related to his practice and experience. He holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. 

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