|Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame
Richard Letts Community Service Award
George Economy - 2015
|Early in his 30 year career as an Ingham County
Probate Judge, George Economy found a place in his
courtroom, and his heart, for something very special.
He calls it "the happiest day of the year for me".
It's called Christmas Adoption Day, a day set aside by
Judge Economy to fully and legally unite children with
their adoptive parents. Twenty-nine years and more
than 6,000 adoptions later, Economy continues the
holidy season tradition which has gained nationwide
acclaim, including a feature on the CBS Evening News.
A Detroit native, Economy moved to the Lansing area
in 1970. His community service roots run deep,
having been: President of the Highfields, Inc. Board,
President of the Lansing Boys and Girls Club,
President of the University of Michigan Alumni
Association, Board member of the Capital Region
Community Foundation, President of Holy Trinity
Greek Orthodox Church and a member of the national
University of Michigan Alumni Association Board.
Christmas Adoption Day remains a major focal point
of his judicial career. "A probate judge must deal
almost daily with unpleasant circumstances among
families. Adoption Day is completely the opposite. It
brings families together the way few things can. We
actually have people who purposely delay adoptions
for a few months, just so they can be part of Christmas
For Economy, the greatest gift is the sight and sound
of families in love.