Kasem, a renowned television and radio personality, is known as a fierce advocate for elder abuse awareness, a public undertaking she assumed after her stepmother restricted the Kasem children from visiting their own father while he was ill. Kerri Kasem is the founder of Kasem Cares, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to ending elder abuse through social change and legislative action.Kasem has followed in her father’s footsteps as the host of national radio and television programs, where her credits have included ABC, MTV, the E! Network, Premiere Radio Networks and multiple syndicated radio shows. Her father Casey Kasem was heard by millions around the world as the host of the consummate music countdown show “American Top 40,” and as the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon classic “Scooby Doo.”
The Kasem family, through all of their success, has maintained a close relationship with their Lebanese culture and heritage. Casey Kasem was born in Detroit to a Lebanese immigrant family where he maintained support for Lebanese organizations and causes until his death.
For more than two decades, the Trailblazer Gala has gathered America’s largest population of Lebanese Americans in one room to celebrate the lifetime contributions and legacies of influential leaders. Past Trailblazer recipients include Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano, CBS News Correspondent Aleen Sirgany, Legendary Broadcaster George Kordahi and Prominent National Attorney Joumana Kayrouz. The 2019 Gala will be held June 1, 2019 at the Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center in Troy, Michigan, starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Gala’s theme centers on LACOM’s longstanding mission to celebrate Lebanese American culture and to build cultural bridges between Lebanon and the United States. The Gala will also award academic scholarships to deserving students, and provide networking opportunities with among Michigan’s top academic leaders and business professionals.
The Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to preserve Lebanese American heritage and culture, and build cultural bridges between Lebanon and the United States. Since 1996, the organization has worked to host independent community activities that unite the Lebanese American community, and educate the public about Lebanon, its people and culture.