Emerging Philanthropists Spotlight: Tony Sorgi

When did you first start supporting United Way? Why did you join EP?

It’s been close to two years. As I continued to become more established within my role at Plante Moran, I wanted to identify a philanthropic group that I could allocate time and energy towards to grow in that aspect both personal and professional.

What was your first job?

My first job ever was as a bus boy early on during high school. And this place is still one of my favorite restaurants in Metro Detroit area today! (The Brewery in Clinton Township)

What was your most memorable volunteering experience? 

While in high school, I participated in a local Meals on Wheels program for those living in poverty along with senior citizens. It really opened up my eyes to help me appreciate the upbringing and support I had at home with my family. It felt good to be hands on and help these people that wanted nothing more than a nice warm meal.

What is your favorite pastime / hobby?

Baseball and reading. I miss playing catch and going to the batting cages; I also miss having the time available to read books during/after school days.

Who inspires you?

Not one person in particular, but a pool of community leaders big and small that take time to dedicate their energy and resources to make Metro Detroit a great place to live and play as well as improve the lives of others in need. The passion and commitment that these individuals display daily help drive me to want to stay involved as well as increase my time and effort to try and do a fraction of the good that they provide.

What book have you read more than once? Who is your favorite author?

“Heart of a Soldier”

My favorite author would have to be Mitch Albom.