Hello Everyone
On Friday, September 12th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan;  Oprah Winfrey took to the stage, in a profound, moving and intimate one woman show. Oprah brought her story and vision to life, creating a transformative journey for every person in the audience. Saturday, September 13th Oprah unleashed that energy, leading a day-long gathering of thousands, with hand-picked “life trailblazers,” each of whom brings a unique power to connect, dig deep, and open hearts and minds. From teaching to conversation to one-on-one connection, to music, laughter, and breathtaking moments, this was an unforgettable life experience. 


Oprah tells her story & empowers her audience
The Palace Auburn Hills, MI
Fri, evening Sept. 12, 2014

​​O Town
Celebrate yourself and your friends—Oprah style—at O Town, a pop-up town square where all the connection, self-discovery and energy of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend gets amplified! O Town is located just outside the Palace.
  • Visit the Renewal Lounge to be refreshed and pampered
  • Touch up your style and smile at the Reinvention Lounge and bring out your creativity
  • Share your journey with photos and journals along the road.
  • Drop in to the O Magazine Lounge to take your own “cover photo”
  • See local notables, celebrities and more at O Town Center Stage
The Party was kicked off at 10am Friday morning with music, dancing and giveaways. There were fashion shows with the University of Michigan cheerleaders and the Detroit Pistons Cheerleaders. 
Speed painter Dave Santia created portraits before your very eyes. Chef Art Smith cooked up tasty treats and shared the samples   Gayle King lead a dance party countdown before Oprah took to the stage.
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​Oprah’s tailgate party in O Town
​An excited fan enjoying O Town 

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Tai Chi in O Town


Toyota Standing  O-Vation
Devita Davison (center) honored with a $25K  
grant​ presented by Olympian Amy Purdy and 
Oprah Winfrey_Sat., Sept. 13, 2014 
 
Model D article
Development News
(inspiring video above)
Oprah presents Detroit Kitchen Connect leader with $25K grant
In the short year since Devita Davison started Detroit Kitchen Connect, she has helped many of Detroit’s burgeoning food entrepreneurs expand operations, bringing them out of their homes and into a licensed commercial kitchen. It’s an opportunity that, without the help of a group like Detroit Kitchen Connect, not every hopeful business can afford. So it’s no surprise that Devita and her group would be given a large grant to help grow.What was a surprise, certainly to Devita, is the fact that Olympian Amy Purdy and American icon Oprah Winfrey would be the people presenting her that grant. And in front of 10,000 or so people, no less.But there Devita was, Saturday, September 13, standing onstage on the second night of Oprah’s The Life You Want event at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As Oprah leaned into Devita and said that she’d hold her through this, Purdy presented Devita with a $25,000 Toyota Standing O-Vation award for her commitment to supporting local food entrepreneurs.Oprah’s people approached Devita months ago, crafting the story that while they had no plans for the footage, they’d like to come down and create a video piece on the work she and Detroit Kitchen Connect have been doing. Maybe they’d find some use for it somewhere in Oprah’s media empire, they said. Months later, they offered Devita tickets to the show at the Palace but, as she tells it, “I found out at 4:59. I got on stage at 5:00.”The video was played, a check was presented, and the crowd cheered. And while hearing part of your life story narrated by Oprah is no doubt thrilling, Devita is able to keep the focus on the city and the work being done here.

“The story was told in a way that shows Detroit is coming back, but that it’s also a city that is doing it from the ground up,” says Devita. “It’s an initiative accomplished through community capital. It’s grassroots.”

In that spirit, Detroit Kitchen Connect will be using some of the money to help community partner Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral in southwest Detroit. The church is in desparate need of infrastructure repairs after experiencing two to three feet of flooding during one of this summer’s heavy rainfalls. They plan on buying a better mixer for their bakers, too, along with a new oven. A local food entrepreneur scholarship program will also receive a boost. (inspiring video above)

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There are five cities left (Newark, NJ is this weekend) on Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend 2014 Tour.  For more info and to register; go to:  Oprah Weekend
Ali MacGraw – Sunday, Sept. 28th

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Oprah sits down with author and actress Ali MacGraw for a rare conversation 
about her lifelong spiritual journey, aging with grace and the real-life lessons in
love she learned from her very famous relationships.
To the Life You Want!
Camille
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador

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