Diana George Jacokes Endowed Fund

Diana George Jacokes (Mercy High, ’67) knew the value of a good education.  To help pay for her tuition to Mercy she stayed after school to clean erasers and chalk boards.  To help pay for her University of Michigan education she worked in the West Quad cafeteria.  She graduated from U of M in 1971 with a degree in Journalism.  She always credited her Mercy education for her collegiate success.  She still has her English grammar book from her years at Mercy and would often refer to it.

Diana became a well-regarded communications leader and business owner in the Greater Detroit area.   In 1977, she founded Jacokes Communications – an international full-service consulting and production firm that provides communications expertise to major corporate clients.

As one of the first female executives at one of the Big Three automakers and a business owner, Diana George Jacokes was a trailblazer for the increasing number of women entering the workforce in the 1970s.  She mentored many writers, editors and other young professionals who were just starting out in the corporate communications field.

Active in the community throughout her life, Diana served on the Mercy Board for nine years, eventually becoming the Chair. She supported Motor City Blight Busters, Mercy Education Project, and Our Lady of Sorrows as both the School Board President and the President of the Parent/Teachers Guild.  

Diana and her husband, Paul Jacokes, hold a strong belief in the value of education and service.  During their 44-year marriage they raised three children: Pj (UofD High, ’95), Peter (UofD High, ’99) and Julie (Mercy High, ‘01).

The Diana George Jacokes Endowed Fund has been established by Paul Jacokes and the Jacokes children to honor and memorialize Diana.  Its purpose is to support the education of young women at Mercy High School.  Diana would be pleased to know that the scholarship established in her name is helping a student who reflects the values that she cherished in her fellow students while at Mercy High School: intelligence, kindness, good humor and generosity of spirit.

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Our organization creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends.

Our namesake, Gilda Radner, was one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live.” Throughout her time on the show, she created a number of enduring characters, including Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. Laughter and love were central themes of Gilda’s career and life, including in her marriage to actor and comedian Gene Wilder.

Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1985. She said that having cancer gave her membership in an elite club she’d rather not belong to. She passed away in 1989,but her legacy lived on when her husband and friends established Gilda’s Club and the first red door opened in New York City.

In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked,services including support groups, counseling , education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. Learn more about the Cancer Support Community.

Tim Hayden Memorial Scholarship Fund

A​ ​bit​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Tim​ ​Hayden​ ​Memorial​ ​Scholarship​ ​Fund:

It is so fitting for Tim to be included in an event at GO Comedy, because comedy was his life’s passion. He was never happier than when he was laughing or, even better, making others laugh. Tim used his gift for laughter as a performer for a long while, but it wasn’t until he became a teacher of theater at Waterford Kettering High School that he truly found his happiest place of all. Tim only taught at Kettering for a few years before losing a battle with cancer that he fought with Herculean effort. However, in those few short years, he became an integral part of the Kettering family, beloved by staff and students alike.

When Tim passed away in 2008, we worked with Kettering to establish the Tim Hayden Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a graduating Kettering senior who is planning to pursue the Dramatic Arts, and who has been a positive role model onstage and in the classroom. And each year, a portion of Snow Day proceeds are donated to the
fund, which not only helps a budding performer, but helps to keep my brother’s spirit and laughter alive forever.

Thank you to everyone who is attending this marvelous event, thank you to Gilda’s Club for the incredible work you do for cancer patients and their families, and thank you to my dear friends at GO Comedy!

Got your back,

Nancy Hayden