September 12, 2014 [Detroit] - Each year at Shimmer on the River, the Shimmer Award is presented to a company or an individual demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the revitalization of Detroit’s riverfront. 

Since its debut in 2012, the honoree list may not be lengthy, but it is indeed impressive.  Past honorees include Marlene and John Boll last year and Peter Karmanos in 2012.

This year, the Conservancy honors General Motors with the 2014 Shimmer Award for its longtime support, which spans more than decade.

The company’s commitment was a key component to the formation of the Conservancy in 2003.  Since that time, GM has supported the Conservancy through the development and donation of GM Plaza as well as the funding and sponsorship for numerous events and programs, including GM River Days. Also through the GM Foundation, they have supported our popular summer literacy program, Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront.

“General Motors believed in the vision of the riverfront revitalization from the very beginning of the Conservancy,” said Mark Wallace, President and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.  “It is a privilege for us to be able to acknowledge GM and all the company has done for the community and for our riverfront.”

John Blanchard, director of local government relations for General Motors, will accept the Shimmer Award on behalf of the company.