Benefactor Spotlight: The Riley Foundation

The Riley Foundation was honored
at last year’s Light Up a Life Gala.
We are so deeply grateful for the continued support of The Riley Foundation as the elite “HOST” sponsor for this week’s Light Up A Life benefit dinner. For those who are unfamiliar with the longstanding relationship between Mr. George Riley and Angela Hospice please read below.

George Riley’s history with the Felician Sisters did not begin with Angela Hospice. It extends back to his childhood. His father, Frank Riley, worked as chief engineer for the Sisters for 36 years. Mr. Riley has many fond memories of growing up on the Felician grounds, where his family lived in a house still known today as “The Riley House.”

Mr. Riley went on to serve four years in Navy Aviation, before opening a television repair shop in the 1950s. One of George’s first projects was to wire Detroit public school classrooms for DPTV Channel 56’s educational programming.

As time went on, Mr. Riley’s small shop grew into a staff of over 500 and eventually became Clover Technologies, Inc. In 1998, Mr. Riley sold Clover Technologies to Ameritech, but he retained the Wixom building which housed his world headquarters, eventually selling it to Channel 56 in 2005. Things came full circle for George, when after a generous donation to Channel 56, they dubbed their broadcast center “The Riley Broadcast Center.”

The Riley Foundation’s guests
at an Angela Hospice event. 
George married his late wife Dolores in 1952. They had six children together, Daniel, Gary (deceased), George Jr., Michael (deceased), William and Kimberly.

With their generous natures, the Rileys have found fulfillment in helping others through contributions to health and educational causes. They have a special interest in Angela Hospice, as George’s wife Dolores and both of his parents received Angela Hospice’s care.


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