DETRIOT -- As Frank Stella approaches his 90th birthday on Jan.21, he shows no signs of slowing down. He is a Detroit businessman, community leader and philanthropist, whose lists of friends and acquaintances includes entertainers, former presidents, politicians and popes. He has served on the boards of many civic, educational and healthcare organizations. Stella has served on the board of trustees for DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) since 1997 and is the current chairman.
RIM will honor Stella with its 2009 Humanitarian Award in recognition of his exemplary contributions to humankind and distinguished leadership and service to RIM. The award will be presented at RIM’s Annual St. Valentine’s Day Gala on February 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.
Stella is the founder and CEO of The F.D. Stella Products Company, in Detroit, designers and distributors of food service and dining equipment. The company was founded in 1946, and today leads a network of affiliates serving markets in Michigan and throughout the U.S. Frank is also chairman and CEO of Stella International, New York, a consulting, joint venture and importing firm.An alumnus of the University of Detroit College of Commerce and Finance, Stella has devoted his life to the betterment of others. His biography reads like an encyclopedia of achievements, awards and honors earned in serving the greater good. Stella has held seats on the boards of numerous civic, business and educational organizations, and received numerous awards and honors for his commitment and dedication. His political achievements include numerous chairs within the National Republican Committee, as well as being an appointee of four Presidents, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush.
He was decorated by the government of Italy three times and received its highest decoration "Grande Ufficiale."
Stella also played a major role in two of Detroit’s major cultural institutions: Orchestra Hall and the Detroit Opera House. In the late 1970s, he chaired a committee that rescued Orchestra Hall from demolition and later became involved in the renovation of the Opera House.
Stella was drafted as a private in World War II, and was honorably discharged as a Major in the Army Air Force. He is the father of 7 children and credits the love of his family for helping him succeed in so many endeavors.
He is listed in Who’s Who in America the World and in the Midwest, Men of Achievements, Community Leaders of America and the Michigan Social Register.
Tickets for RIM’s St. Valentine’s Day Gala are $300 per person and can be purchased by calling 313-745-9817. The event is graciously being supported by Sponsorship Chairs, Tom and Doreen LaSorda, Chrysler LLC, and Event Chair, Frank Torre, Torre & Bruglio Inc. All proceeds to benefit rehabilitation medicine and research at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.
DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), one of only 19 federally designated centers of excellence in the U.S. for the treatment of brain injuries, and the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. RIM is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock.