Stewart Francke Named 2011 Twilight Civic Honoree

Detroit singer-songwriter recognized by Twilight Benefit Foundation for his work in cancer care and community presence.


August 23, 2011 – (Detroit, MI) – Michigan musician and bone marrow transplant survivor Stewart Francke has been named one of this year’s Twilight Civic Honorees for his continuing work in cancer care and fundraising. The Twilight Benefit Gala, a black tie event held September 17 at the Renaissance Center Wintergarden Dock, will award Francke, Brooks Patterson and five other community leaders. More than 300 people will celebrate the Twilight Foundation 2011 Community Leadership Awards at this year’s gala. Beginning at the Wintergarden Dock then sailing toward the Ambassador Bridge on The Ovation, Detroit’s largest yacht, the 2011 Twilight Awards Ball will be a night to remember.

While Mr. Francke’s soulful songs about common people in good times and bad have been well celebrated, it’s his continuous work in Cancer care, Leukemia funding and bone marrow donation awareness that awards him a 2011 Twilight Civic Honoree Award.

A leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor of 12 years, Francke regularly plays benefit concerts and donates his time to cancer patient support efforts. To date he and the foundation bearing his name (Stewart Francke Leukemia Foundation) has raised more than $200,000, which has been donated to organizations such as Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Children’s Leukemia Foundation, The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Gilda’s Club. The priority mission of the foundation is to fund low income patients and increase marrow donation in minority communities.

In 2008, Francke and his fellow Saginaw native and friend, Broadway star Brian d’arcy James, recently raised $92,000 for the Fields Neurological Institute in their hometown of Saginaw, MI. His music has won numerous Detroit music awards, Hour Detroit’s most popular musician 2002-2004, five straight ASCAP writer’s awards–-and a prestigious Point of Light Award for his work in cancer care. The Stewart Francke Leukemia Foundation was also presented the Partnership In Humanity Award by the Detroit Newspapers, and he was awarded a Creative Artist Grant by Artserve Michigan in 2003. In May, 2009, Stewart was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Awarded by his hometown of Saginaw, for the “insight and joy his songs have brought to so many in his hometown, home state, and beyond.”

Funding raised by the Twilight Benefit Foundation endows The Charlie Porter Research Grant. The CPRG will award a goal of $50,000 to one research scientist (possessing an M.D., D.O. or Ph.D). The purpose of this grant is to support experienced investigators with a promising new research approach relating to the etiology, treatment and cure of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in children. This Grant represents an important step in understanding leukemia and associated cancers.

* The Twilight Benefit Gala is one of Michigan’s finest and most exclusive formal events. Rub elbows with some of Southeast Michigan’s most prominent and up and coming professionals at this years twilight awards gala! Join us on the Detroit river for amazing entertainment including live bands, outstanding food, spirits and a great time… all for a worthy cause.