Saturday April 23, 2016, 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
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Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River N
Novi, MI 48374

  KHF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity
Group Discounts for table of 10: Email misskhaglund@gmail.com

Evening Schedule
6:00 PM - Cocktail Reception, networking & Silent Auction
7:00 PM - Dinner & Program
Hyatt Place Hotel

Single/Double: $129

Reservations: 1-800-233-1234

Group Code: G-COL6


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Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life...(The National Eating Disorders Association)

The mission of The Kirsten Haglund Foundation is to provide hope, networking, and financial aid to those seeking treatment and freedom from eating disorders


Kirsten & Iora Haglund
The Kirsten Haglund Foundation

2016 Celebration of Life Gala and Auction

Register now for an inspirational evening featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, program and entertainment.

We will raise funds for eating disorder treatment, honor excellent work in the field, and celebrate stories of hope, recovery and fullness of life.

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Master of Ceremony

 Chuck Gaidica is an award winning media personality known for excellence and innovation and winning strategies. He continues his TV host duties on “Live in the D” on WDIV-TV-Local 4 in Detroit each weekday morning at 10am and is the Incoming Lead Pastor of Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit.  Chuck has proven himself to be a successful media, ministry and business leader who is a long-time team player for the #1 television station and multiple winning radio stations in Detroit, Michigan and beyond. Gaidica has successfully worked as a leader of various efforts to bring business, media, churches and nonprofits together as “forces for good”. Gaidica is responsible for creating and launching various industry and technology firsts in the Detroit media market and has remained a highly recognizable community leader in Detroit and across Michigan since 1982. Gaidica is a frequent public speaker and spokesperson and one of the most trusted media figures in Michigan.

Mistress of Ceremony

  Kirsten Haglund, originally from Farmington Hills, MI served as Miss America in 2008 and now is proud to be the Community Relations Specialist for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and an "Ambassador" for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). As a television personality and commentator, she appears frequently on Fox News Channel, HLN, Fox Business Network and Huff Post Live to comment on women's health issues, celebrity culture, social issues, women's empowerment and the millennial generation. She is an international speaker on women's health and civic engagement, and has blogs featured regularly in industry journals, the Huffington Post and Forbes.com. Kirsten is the founder and president of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, which raises funds to provide treatment scholarships for families seeking recovery and freedom from disordered eating. Kirsten graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently based in New York City.  

2016 Advocacy Award Recipient

 Johanna Kandel After recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. Since its inception in 2000, The Alliance has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 235,000 middle school, high school, and college students nationally and internationally. In addition, Johanna runs free weekly support groups, mentors individuals with eating disorders and their families through their treatment and recovery, helps thousands of people gain information and find the help they need, and advocates for legislation on the local, state, and national levels.

She is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition, member of the Academy for Eating Disorders Advisory Board, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and Expert Advisory Committee member for Girl Future. She is an active participant in National Eating Disorders Awareness Month.  She has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public ServiceŠ and Harlequin Enterprises' More Than Words Award. Johanna has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, profiled in the New York Times and Glamour Magazine and authored Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder. Success to Johanna means helping even one person avoid traveling down the same road she did and continuing to use her voice in the fight against eating disorders.


 Amber Stanton born in Marlboro, NY is a scholarship recipient from the Kirsten Haglund Foundation. She entered residential treatment in 2013 to begin addressing her eating disorder.  Upon completing this level of treatment, Amber received the Kirsten Hagland Foundation Scholarship to participate in a transitional living eating disorder program in Atlanta, GA.  Amber soon found stability both in recovery and her life. Finding stable recovery in the eating disorder community, Amber made the decision to relocate to Atlanta, GA in 2013.  Amber lives independently, maintains a career at MDnetsolutions as Head of Distribution and stays active as a role model in the eating disorder community.  


Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center is located in downtown Walled Lake, MI. They have been making a positive difference in the community since 1982. Students from age two and up enjoy the education they receive through the art of dancing, singing and acting. Classes are designed for young students to learn and grow in self-achievements. They are proud to be the Michigan delegates for the Dance Excellence International Festival. Numerous students of Dance Dynamics have gone on to careers in the entertainment field including Broadway, Disney, stage shows, cruise ships, film, television and more. There are graduates of The Juilliard School, NYU, University of the Arts and many more prestigious colleges & universities. Dance Dynamics is always evolving as the world grows. Dance Dynamics families take pride and enjoy performing for many community events. 

Francesco Cavallini-Italian born from Crotone, Calabria, his love for music began at an early age. He became serious about his music when in March of 1983-he came from Italy to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cavallini began studying classical guitar at EMU (Eastern Michigan University). In spring of 1995 Francesco Cavallini earned a Master of Music Performance Degree in classical guitar from EMU. He won the 94-95 Graduate Music Performance Competition and participated as Recipient of Hibbard A Perry scholarship, 1994, studied privately with Steve Aaron at the University of Akron, Ohio and participated in guitar master classes with Pepe Romero and David Russel. Cavallini has performed on mandolin and guitar for theatres and opera houses in the State of Michigan and tours with various Italian Celebrities. Presently Cavallini teaches classical guitar with the University of Michigan-Flint as well as the Flint Institute of Music School of Performing Arts. 

David Passalacqua got a taste of competition the first time when accordion-great Myron Floren presented him with a first place trophy at the age of 11. He began to participate in regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Accordionist's Association. He gives credit to his instructor Michelle Kramarz and jazz accordionist Tony Dannon, then studio owner, for his success in both competition and performing.  Novelty pieces lead to classical ones that were transposed for piano accordion. By age 13, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, was his first real success, followed by works from Rachmaninoff, Paganini, Franz Liszt, Prokofiev, and "black-marketed" music from then communist Russia. These were among his favorites. David very successful in competition, won numerous awards for age group, open solo and virtuoso divisions. Winning the Michigan State Championship at the age of 18, and fourth runner up in the United States National Virtuoso in 1978 were his biggest competitive achievements. 

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