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THE JUDGE KEITH J. LEENHOUTS DEDICATON PROJECT

The Royal Oak Historical Society is
starting a campaign to raise funds for a permanent
fixed tribute to legendary Royal Oak Judge Keith J.
Leenhouts at the 44th District Court, with a formal
renaming of the probation department and a
mounted wall display telling of the incredible story
of Judge Leenhouts and his Volunteers in Probation
program.



A RENDERING OF THE DEDICATION DISPLAY INSIDE
THE 44TH DISTRIC COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT


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Dedication Sponsorship


A 501(c)(3) letter will be sent to you upon
receipt of your donation.

The Royal Oak Historical Society, with the support of the Leenhouts Family and 44th District Court Chief Judge Derek Meinecke, wish to honor Judge Keith J. Leenhouts, a visionary jurist, Royal Oak Citizen of the Year, and Member of the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame.
Judge Leenhouts was elected to the Royal Oak bench in 1959. Early on the Judge was deeply troubled by a system that seemed unable to break the cycle of crime. In 1960, Judge Leenhouts launched the Volunteers In Probation Program calling on community minded volunteers to serve as “sponsors” who met with probationers for 12 hours per month. As a result of his passion and commitment to making a difference, Judge Leenhouts enrolled many Royal Oak community leaders in a program that would not only transform Royal Oak’s system of justice – it literally transformed the entire country’s approach to probation.


The results from Judge Leenhouts program were incredible. The Volunteers In Probation Program was 11.5 times more successful than other traditional court programs. In the late 1960’s, Reader’s Digest twice covered the efforts of Judge Leenhouts and the impact of his program. In 1967, Look Magazine designated Royal Oak as one of seven cities in the United States to be called an All American City.
In recognition of these efforts Judge Leenhouts received the National Council on Crime and Delinquency Excellence in Probation Award, and in his lifetime was honored by five
U.S. Presidents for his innovative and effective program. The Royal Oak Historical Society is looking for your help to memorialize this important figure in our community’s history with a permanent display and an official renaming of the 44th District Court Probation Department.
We should never forget his work and his message of the power of investing in people.


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$2500 – PRESENTING SPONSOR
Title recognition on the permanent plaque that
will be part of the Judge Leenhouts Wall display.
Invitation to private meet and greet with
Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.

$1000 – VOLUNTEER
Recognition on the permanent plaque.
Invitation to private meet and greet with
Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.

$500 – MENTOR
Recognition on the permanent plaque.
Invitation to private meet and greet with
Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.

$250 – FRIEND
Recognition in the program at the dedication
ceremony.
Invitation to private meet and greet with the
Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.

ALL OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS LEVELS
Recognition in the program at the dedication
ceremony.



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