Beaumont Children’s Hospital NoBLE program honored at Pinatas for Peace event

The NoBLE anti-bullying program at was named one of six honorees at the Oakland Mediation Center's 2013 Piñatas for Peace event held at the Troy Marriott on May 3. The Cinco de Mayo themed dinner, dance and silent auction was hosted by radio show personality "The Appliance Doctor" Joe Gagnon. Meanwhile, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson served as honorary chair of the event.

The annual event raises funds to help OMC deliver programs proven to prevent and reduce youth bullying and violence. Their goal is to keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system.

Beaumont's NoBLE program, along with its director Marlene Seltzer, M.D., was recognized as winner of the Community Hero Award. The award highlights NoBLE's launch and successful first year under the leadership of Dr. Seltzer. It also recognizes the program's mission to help end bullying through a hospital-based, multidisciplinary approach that relies on education, counseling and a network of community partnerships.

"The Oakland Mediation Center shares our goals and objectives and we appreciate their recognition of our program for this year's Community Hero Award," says Marlene Seltzer, M.D., director, Beaumont's NoBLE program. "We both want to reach as many children as we can who are impacted by bullying and make a positive difference in their lives."

Other award winners included:

  • Advocate Award to the Honorable Elizabeth Pezzetti, 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County
  • Innovator Award to the Honorable Nancy Tolwin Carniak and Renee Giller, Court Administrator, 52-3 Rochester District Court
  • Leadership Award to the Honorable Colleen O'Brien, 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County
  • Nanci S. Klein Memorial Award to Director Maura Corrigan, Michigan Department of Human Services
  • 20 Year Service Award to Toby Arons, Marvel Dorrell, David Rosenthal, Patricia Grant, Judy Martin and Dottie Harwood.

About Oakland Mediation Center

Oakland Mediation Center is a nonprofit, volunteer based corporation that helps Oakland County residents resolve disputes in a peaceful, respectful manner. Formed in 1989 by the Oakland Bar Association, OMC was established to provide an alternative to the judicial process. Unlike the adversarial nature of litigation, mediation involves mutual problem solving where the parties generate options to best resolve their conflict. OMC offers a range of services including mediation, conciliation, facilitation and education services to Oakland County residents, organizations, schools and businesses.

About NoBLE anti-bullying program

The No Bullying Live Empowered Program, also known as NoBLE, is a Beaumont Children's Hospital program providing integrated educational and counseling services to provide support for bullied children and families affected by bullying. The program focuses on meeting the needs of youth exposed to bullying and recognizing that victims, witnesses, and bullies are all at risk for lifelong problems. The program explores innovative ways to partner families, teachers, health care providers and other organizations to address bullying and its impact. Major support for the NoBLE program is provided by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and community donations.

The NoBLE anti-bullying program at Beaumont Children's Hospital
was named one of six honorees at the Oakland Mediation Center's
2013 Piñatas for Peace event.