Man Who Lost Family to Drunken Driver to Speak During Tri-Community Coalition Leadership Breakfast

The 14th annual event will be held at 7 a.m. Oct. 5 at Farina's Banquet Center in Berkley.

Farmington Hills businessman Gary Weinstein will speak about losing his family to a drunken driver during the Tri-Community Coalition's 14th annual Leadership Breakfast this Friday.

Weinstein – who is the subject of Project: Forgive, a new documentary produced by Emmy Award-winning Novi resident Shawne Duperon – will be the keynote speaker during the event at 7 a.m. Oct. 5 at Farina's Banquet Center in Berkley. 

His wife Judith, along with their sons, Alex, 12, and Sam, 9, were killed in an alcohol-related crash at 12 Mile and Orchard Lake Roads in 2005.  Their neighbor, Tom Wellinger, is serving time in prison for Weinsteins' deaths.

“We are pleased and humbled to welcome Mr. Weinstein as our keynote speaker for this annual event," TCC executive director Judy Rubin said. “Mr. Weinstein will be talking about leading though forgiveness and how he has survived this terrible ordeal.”

The coalition also will present its annual “Power of One” award to volunteer Rick Tripp of Huntington Woods.

The Tri-Community Coalition provides college scholarships and works to help prevent and reduce substance use among young people in Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park.

If you go

  • When: 7 a.m. Friday Oct. 5
  • Where: Farina's Banquet Center in Berkley
  • Cost: Tickets are $30.00 and can be reserved by calling 248-837-8008 or online at www.tricommunitycoalition.org.
  • Why go: Hear Farmington Hills businessman , speak about leadership through forgiveness. A full breakfast will be served.


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