David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Division, will present the 2015 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) to Tarence Wheeler at a ceremony held at the FBI Education Center, J.E. Hoover Building, Washington, DC.
Mr. Wheeler is being honored for his exceptional accomplishments and tireless efforts to assist the needy and disadvantaged within the Detroit community. Mr. Wheeler is a highly respected professional with over 15 years of experience in community relations and philanthropic activities in the Detroit Metro area.
Mr. Wheeler has an extensive history of philanthropic activities, community outreach, and mentoring. Among his many projects, Mr. Wheeler organized the annual Celebrity Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, which provides more than 1,000 turkeys and food baskets to Metro Detroit residents. He also coordinated with community leaders and business organizations to provide nearly 1,000 backpacks and haircuts to Detroit area youth.
David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Detroit Division said, "The fact that we have citizens like Mr. Wheeler, who see needs in the community, and step up to fill those needs is phenomenal. And, the fact that Mr. Wheeler has done it over and over, repeatedly making major positive impacts in the Detroit community, is beyond what anyone could
ask. The FBI is proud to recognize Mr. Wheeler as an influential partner, advocate, and activist on behalf of those in need in the Detroit community."
On April 15, 2016, FBI Director James B. Comey will personally present the award to Mr. Wheeler at a ceremony in Washington, DC to honor all award recipients. Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices selects an honoree for the DCLA.
The DCLA was created in 1990, as the principal means for the FBI to honor individuals or organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence to help keep Americans safe.