Chaka Hughes Tree Dedication

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We made our goal. Thank you! Anything donated over $400 will be used to honor Chaka's memory in an additional way. Exactly how will be determined based on the total amount of money donated. Some possibilities are a one time scholarship in his name, or possibly a memorial bench in addition to the tree. We will share how we are going to use the money once the campaign has completed.

Chaka Hughes


Chaka Hughes was more than just a member of our university mail services; he was a cherished friend, a bright smile, and a positive presence that touched many lives every day.

To honor Chaka’s memory and his lasting impact on all of us, we are raising funds to plant a memorial tree on the Detroit Mercy campus. Alongside the tree, a plaque will be placed to commemorate his life and the joy he brought to our community.

Remembering Chaka

Chaka’s warmth and kindness resonated with everyone he met. Here are some heartfelt memories shared by those who knew him best:

We were so lucky to have had Chaka as a part of our Detroit Mercy community. Since he delivered our mail, MANY of us got to see him each day and be blessed with his smile and positive attitude.

Chaka was an absolute gem of a human being. Always smiling, bringing joy and making people feel valued in his presence. He was such a proud dad; I loved hearing his tips on raising a son. His twin girls made his heart sing. Chaka would talk about anything, laugh & make jokes to lighten the mood, and really took the time to let you know he was listening. Such a thoughtful, genuine, and fun-loving spirit.

Chaka was my friend for 20+ years and my heart is broken. There is no one like Chaka. I will miss his positive energy, his love for music & sports. I will miss our talks about life & our fights about Michigan/Michigan State. I will miss so much about this beautiful person. I'm so grateful to have been able to see him every day & to call him my friend. Every time Chaka left my office, I yelled out that I loved him. He laughed & I know I embarrassed him, but I didn't care. I am so glad he knew how I felt. I'm sending constant prayers for his family, for the love of his life, for "little Chaka" and his precious girls who he adored. Chaka loved life & will always hold a place in my heart.

My heart hurts knowing we will never see you walking the halls of UD Mercy/Dental singing, talking with everyone and that smiling face. UD Mercy has lost an extraordinary person. You and Marvin were brothers. I don't know who I can talk with now regarding the TV shows we both watch. 

How You Can Help

We are seeking to raise $1,500 to cover the costs of planting the tree and installing the plaque. Your generous donation, no matter the size, will help us create a lasting tribute to Chaka's memory and his contributions to our community.

Donate Now

Your support will help ensure that Chaka’s legacy lives on at University of Detroit Mercy, providing a place for reflection and remembrance for all who knew and loved him. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Donations can be made online via this platform or dropped off to Darrin Brown in University Advancement on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.

To mail a donation by check, make it out to University of Detroit Mercy with Chaka Hughes tree dedication in the memo line and send it to:

University Advancement
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221

Updates
THANK YOU!

We made our goal. Thank you! Anything donated over $400 will be used to honor Chaka's memory in an additional way. Exactly how will be determined based on the total amount of money donated. Some possibilities are a one time scholarship in his name, or possibly a memorial bench in addition to the tree. We will share how we are going to use the money once the campaign has completed.

29 days ago by Judy Wernette

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