Winning Presentation for June 15, 2017:

Audra Katchorek
Presenting member:  Michael Carpenter

Our members Michael & Jane Carpenter are cousins with Audra Larsen Katchorek.  Audra is a dedicated wife and mother of three children. Audra is also an elementary school teacher in Livonia.  Early last year, her life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with oral and thyroid cancers. This was devastating to the family both emotionally and financially.  Audra’s teacher friends all gave their vacation days to her so she could get paid during her cancer treatments.  Her pay has now run out and she’s still in and out of the hospital fighting to beat this cancer.  If you’d like to know more about Audra’s cancer journey, please follow her Facebook group page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/818095548297116/

As Michael shared, Audra did not know that he was going to share her story with our group, she wouldn’t ask for it.  This is precisely why we wanted to help support her and her family through this difficult journey of medical bills and maybe even help her children realize their dreams of a college education. Thank you for not only helping this family out financially, but for also lifting them up in prayer.

Amount donated: $10,900 *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 109 members.

 

We encourage members to pray for and support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our June 15, 2017 meeting also featured:

Faith Works
Presenting member: Bob Quigley
www.faithworksmichigan.com

Faith Works is a Christian group of men, women and young adults (high school & college) from the Greater Metro Detroit area who serve God by volunteering to assist people in need. They gather together, in the name of Jesus, to support one another while supporting those less fortunate in the community. Faith Works is non-profit charity based out of Rochester, but serves the entire tri-county area.  This Christian services ministry helps widows, military wives, handicapped, single moms, and senior citizens. Volunteers help with painting, dry walling roof repair and replacement, carpentry, electrical and plumbing, heating & cooling systems, and yard work, along with many other services to those who are in need.  Faith Works mission is to show God’s love to our communities by Actions more than Words.

Helping Hands Gifts
Presenting member: Lara Shovlin
www.helpinghandsgifts.com
Helping Hands Gifts is a non-profit charity founded in 2014 by our member, Lara Shovlin.  The goal is to assist families at their time of need to give them the joy of giving their children a special Christmas.  Helping Hands Gifts collects gifts, outerwear, and monetary donations all year long to prepare for the Christmas season of giving to those who have found themselves struggling financially.

 

Winning Presentation for March 16, 2017:

Manna Community Meal
Presenting member:  Valerie Kogut
www.stpetersdetroit.com/ministries/mannacommunitymeal

Started in 1976, Manna Community Meal is a soup kitchen located in Detroit on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, in the Corktown area. It is housed in the basement of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and has been run for 39 years by Catholic Priest, Father Tom Lumpkin.  The mission of Manna Meal is to offer sanctuary from the harsh realities of the street and to foster human dignity.  With the help of volunteers, they offer roughly 200 free hot meals each day to those who are unable to provide for themselves due to various reasons.

In early March a water line ruptured in the time-worn walk-in cooler in the basement of the church. This cooler held the food Father Tom and his volunteers offer as “manna” to those in need.  The entire bounty of food had to be thrown out.  Our gift will help to repair the cooler and get this soup kitchen back to serving the community. Manna can be considered anything badly needed that comes unexpectedly.  Father Tom was speechless when Valerie called him last night and told about our donation.  He has dedicated his life to helping the homeless, and our group has been blessed to be able to help him continue.

Amount donated: $10,600  *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 106 members.

 

We encourage members to pray for and support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our March 16, 2017 meeting also featured:

Helping Hands Gifts
Presenting member: Lara Shovlin
www.helpinghandsgifts.com
Helping Hands Gifts is a non-profit charity founded in 2014 by our member, Lara Shovlin.  It is a local non-profit group helping parents in need to purchase low priced gifts at Christmas time provided through the generosity of others.  The goal is to assist families at their time of need to allow them the joy of giving their children a special Christmas.  Helping Hands Gifts collects gifts, outerwear, and monetary donations all year long to prepare for the Christmas season of giving to those who have found themselves struggling financially.

 International Oasis
Presenting member: Dave Halsey
www.internationaloasis.org
International Oasis is a non-profit charity started in 2015 and is located on the campus of Oakland University with a mission to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to international students on campus. There are over 1000 international students from 58 countries studying at OU and needing help to get acclimated and set up in a new country with cars, furniture, and food among other needs, including language barriers.  International Oasis is helping to empower these students who will one day be future leaders in our country or their home countries.

 

Winning Presentation for December 14, 2016:

Ami O’Neill
Presented by:  Laurie Pickell
The Ami O’Neill family was chosen to receive our donation because of their extreme need during an extremely difficult time for their family.  Our collective $10,000 donation will make an extreme impact on the future trajectory of this family.

Four years ago, Mike O’Neill died after a three-year battle with cancer.  He was survived by his wife Ami and six beautiful adopted girls from China, three of which have special needs. Since Mike was the primary source of family income, and a huge amount of medical bills had piled up, Ami and girls have struggled to keep the family financially stable since his death.  The family has needs great and small, including a new reliable van that will fit the large family and replace their 14-year-old van and a working stove to cook meals.  When the oldest daughter was asked what she would like for Christmas, she said “to have her high school AP Exam paid for.”

After our 100 Faithful Friends meeting, here’s what friend Laurie Pickell had to say …. “Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to bless such a humble and loving family.  It was indeed a privilege and honor to give Ami O’Neill the fabulous news last night.  I drove to her house and took her into the kitchen.  We prayed over her stove, I hugged her and whispered in her ear that she would be granted 10,000+ dollars from 100 Faithful Friends! First Ami was in shock and then she cried. I’m sure the Lord’s hand was working this all out and using our group as the vessel. Thanks to all of our 100 Faithful Friends for leaving heart-prints in the lives of others challenging moments.  God is Glorious.”

Amount donated: $10,200 *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 102 members.

We encourage members to pray for and support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our December 14, 2016 meeting also featured:
New Day Foundation for Families
Presented by: Gina Kell Spehn
www.foundationforfamilies.org

New Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded by our member Gina Kell Spehn and Michael Spehn, and in memory of their beloved spouses, Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn, whose legacies of family, faith, and generosity were the driving force behind their passion to serve the cancer community. New Day is an extension of the love and faith that defined their lives, with a purpose to share evidence of God’s grace and mercy in the midst of life’s greatest trials by providing hope and assistance to families fighting cancer.  Their goal is to have a positive impact on treatment outcomes and survivorship by reducing the catastrophic effects of financial toxicity caused by a cancer diagnosis. They accomplish their mission by offering financial assistance and emotional support programs to cancer patients and their families. The New Day Foundation helps families facing any type of cancer, whether patient or child, to pay for non-medical expenses.  Donations help families who have lost income due to cancer.

Purposeful Youth Detroit
Presented by: Barb Rill
www.pydetroit.com

Purposeful Youth Detroit (PYD) is a premier mentoring, tutoring and service learning organization with a mission to empower, educate and inspire youth to identify their individual purpose and develop into productive and audacious leaders of the national and global community.  PYD envisions raising up a group of youth who defy expectations of society and understand that walking with dignity, self-confidence, and purpose far outweigh the trend of existing in the over-sexualized, violent and reckless behavior that plagues our society’s youth.  The PYD program includes bimonthly group sessions, individual mentoring, service learning projects, and a parent program.  Donations help to secure mentor programming and help to cover the associated costs for years to come.

 

Winning Presentation for September 14, 2016:

St. Clair Butterfly Foundation
Nominated by: John Schalter
Presented by:  Chip St. Clair
www.stclairbutterflyfoundation.org

Founded in 2007, the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation utilizes the power of creative arts, literature, and overall well-being programs to impact the lives and coping skills of children facing adversity.  Art and music programs, nutrition, gardening, yoga, stress management, and even book clubs provide creative outlets for children and teens whose backgrounds vary from abuse to the sudden death of a parent or loved one — from childhood illness to the struggles of the foster care system.   Because music and art programs can often be the first to be cut from a school budget, the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation helps to fill the gaps and shortfalls so all children have access to the creative arts.  From public high schools to alternative high schools to domestic violence shelters, the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation has serviced over 3500 youth.  In addition, it has touched the lives of nearly 1000 troubled youths, helping to find a creative outlet that takes them beyond the boundaries of their environment as an alternative to drugs, violence, and gangs.

Based in Oakland County, Michigan, this 501(c)(3) non-profit charity also offers community outreach programs, a scholarship program, rehabilitation, and legislative initiatives which have successfully helped to change laws in several states to better protect children.  Under the exemplary leadership of the Board of Directors, nearly all operating expenses are generously donated in-kind, which allows almost 100% of funds raised to go directly to programs to help children.

Amount donated: $8,900 *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 89 members.

We encourage members to pray for and support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our September 14, 2016 meeting also featured:
Esthers Children
Presented by: Lori Naseef
www.estherschildren.org
Esthers Children is a non-profit charity with a vision to end sex trafficking of young girls. Their mission is preventing sexual exploitation, child prostitution and restoring its innocent victims in an environment where they can learn to love and be loved. As a grassroots organization, Esthers relies on the help and support of many throughout the U.S. committed to being the voice for the girls at risk. Today, most people have heard the term “human trafficking” but are unaware of how complex the issue is.  Many people are also unaware of the existence of human trafficking in their own communities.  Human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, is the fastest growing injustice in the world, and is not isolated to places such as India, Cambodia and Thailand.  Most researchers estimate that as many as 2 million people are being forced into modern day slavery today.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
Presented by: Julie Spiegel
www.cefonline.com
Established in 1937, Child Evangelism Fellowship is the world’s largest evangelistic outreach to children. Last year, CEF reached over 19.9 million children, and has a local ministry established in nearly every region of the United States. Locally, CEF has 22 chapters in Michigan, with the closest being the Oakland/Macomb Counties chapter. Funds are needed to help support the ministry to bring the Gospel to our local children through Bible clubs, back yard clubs, fairs, parties and seminars.

 

Winning Presentation for June 13, 2016:

Faith Works – for the benefit of the John Gavel Family
Presented by: Tricia Tandy
www.faithworksmichigan.com

Faith Works is a Christian group of men, women and young adults from the Greater Metro Detroit area who serve God by volunteering to assist people in need. They gather together, in the name of Jesus, to support one another while supporting those less fortunate in the community. Faith Works is 501(c)(3) non-profit charity based out of Rochester,  serving the entire tri-county area.  This Christian services ministry helps widows, military wives, handicapped, single moms, and senior citizens. Volunteers help with painting, dry walling roof repair and replacement, carpentry, electrical and plumbing, heating & cooling systems, and yard work, along with many other services to those who are in need.  Faith Works mission is to show God’s love to our communities by Actions more than Words.

Our donation will directly benefit the John & Alison Gavel Family and the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van.  In February 2014 John suffered a massive stroke which left him unable to walk or talk. John currently has physical therapy four times per week and is continuing to make small strides.  The family has to pay for transportation every time John leaves the house for physical therapy and doctor visits.  The purchase of the van will allow the family the independence to go to these appointments, and even enjoy a relaxing drive.

Our donation through Faith Works will help the Gavel family finally be able to purchase a greatly needed wheelchair accessible van.

Amount donated: $8,000 *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 78 members plus an additional donation.

We encourage members to support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our June 13, 2016 meeting also featured:
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Presented by: Karen Hunstad
www.MedicalServiceDogs.com
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to rescuing, raising and training highly skilled services dogs for US veterans and other people struggling with a myriad of disabilities.  This charity is 100% reliant on donations.  The service dogs are trained for people with PTSD, diabetes, autism, seizures, hearing impairment and mobility assistance. Both the dog and human are custom trained through a structured system which has proven to have an immediate and profound effect on the recipient to manage their challenges and once again live their life with independence and self-worth.

Hope Water Project
Presented by: Matt Dinverno
www.hopewaterproject.org
Hope Water Project builds water wells for those in great need in Africa.  Ultimately, clean water provides hope for a new future.  Clean water means time-savings and restored health.  The hours spent each day looking for water becomes time to work, care for children, and go to school.  One well currently costs $24,500 to drill and will bring new life to an entire village community.
Please consider attending a golf outing to raise money for the Hope Water Project on Monday, August 1st at Twin Lakes Golf Course.  To register, go to:  http://www.golfoutingpro.com/event/hopewaterproject

 

Our March 24, 2016 meeting winning charity:

Dream Center of Pontiac
Presented by: Marsha Laden
www.dcofmi.org/dream-center-pontiac

The Dream Center of Pontiac opened on Easter 2014 as a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization serving the homeless, low-income, at risk youth and struggling families by providing resources, opportunities and supportive services to help them realize their dream of living a self-sufficient life. In response to the needs of the Pontiac community, they offer a medical and dental clinic, elementary tutoring and literacy program, food pantry, clothes closet, operation backpack drive supplying essential school supplies to 5,000 students, Boxes of Love Thanksgiving meals feeding thousands, and a Warm Pontiac Coat Drive providing thousands of coats to families with young children.

The Dream Center’s purpose is to reconnect isolated people to God and a community of support by providing human services to address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, education, and human trafficking.  The prayer of the Dream Center is that the men, women and families helped go on to share the love of God with others, to pass on the hope they have been given, and to make transformation possible for others.

Our 100 Faithful Friends donation will go directly to the Dream Park initiative.  Directly behind the Dream Center of Pontiac building is 88 acres of vacant land which was donated to house the new Dream Park.  Many residents of Pontiac have lost hope and no longer dream of what could be for them or their children. The Dream Park may play a small part to ignite people’s dreams for a better life. Imagine providing many unforgettable memories for children and grandchildren.  While it is easy to take these places for granted, Pontiac doesn’t have any place like it.

Dream Center of Pontiac is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located together with Woodside Bible Church at 830 Auburn Avenue, Pontiac, MI 48342.

Amount donated: $7,800 *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 78 members.

 We encourage members to support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our March 24, 2016 meeting also featured:
Faith Works
Presented by: Cyndi Wehrli
www.faithworksmichigan.com
Faith Works is a Christian group of men, women and young adults (high school & college) from the Greater Metro Detroit area who serve God by volunteering to assist people in need. They gather together, in the name of Jesus, to support one another while supporting those less fortunate in the community. Faith Works is based out of Rochester, but serves the entire tri-county area.  This Christian services ministry helps widows, military wives, handicapped, single moms, and senior citizens. Volunteers help with painting, dry walling roof repair and replacement, carpentry, electrical and plumbing, heating & cooling systems, and yard work, along with many other services to those who are in need.  Faith Works mission is to show God’s love to our communities by Actions more than Words.

New Day Foundation for Families
Presented by: David LeBay of Band of Brothers Michigan
www.foundationforfamilies.org
New Day Foundation for Families provides financial stability and profound hope to cancer patients and their families to positively impact treatment outcomes and survivorship.  They believe no family should fight cancer alone, nor ever have to choose between medical treatment and providing basic necessities.  Every family deserves help regardless of socio-economic background. Crushing expenses, fear, and stress do not discriminate when cancer strikes.  There is a new day for families fighting cancer, and it’s where hope begins.  New Day provides counseling and custom care packs for each family they assist. The packs are customized to meet specific needs, ease financial pressures and bring a smile to the faces of cancer families.

 

Our December 8, 2015 meeting winning charity:

LifeBUILDERS Detroit
 Presented by: Terry White
www.lifebuildersdetroit.com

Over ten years ago Marilyn & Larry Johnson, founded LifeBUILDERS Detroit community outreach. About four years ago, they sold their Grosse Pointe home and moved to Detroit to be better able to help restore dignity and provide hope to residents of Detroit by empowering youth with life skills that will lead to good decisions and a bright future, reclaiming an entire neighborhood from the effects of disinvestment by providing safe, high quality affordable housing, and building a community of shared values, trust and hope for the future, all grounded in the truth of God’s Word.

LifeBUILDERS currently serves 200 of the over 800 children and youth in the neighborhood confronted with blight, generational poverty, insufficient educational opportunities, joblessness, high crime rates and illegal drug use. These young people are at high risk and face a lack of opportunity and hope. The goal is to introduce the youth to a God that loves them and has a plan for them that’s bigger and better than what the neighborhood is communicating. This is done through weekly youth programs, community sports leagues, summer day camps and jobs training programs.

LifeBUILDERS has restored housing for 80 residents in their apartments and houses. There are nearly 2000 homes in the once vibrant northeast Detroit neighborhood called Regent Park. Nearly 400 of these homes have fallen into disrepair, been abandoned, torn down or are occupied by drug dealers or squatters. The goal is to lead the fight against blight, slum landlords, criminal activities and other acts of injustice and oppression while restoring 150 homes by 2020 and make the entire Regent Park neighborhood be a safe, affordable community to live and raise children.

LifeBUILDERS Detroit is a 501(c)(3) community outreach charity located at 20141 Kelly Rd, Detroit, MI 48225. The Regent Park area served by LifeBUILDERS is 7 Mile to 8 Mile Roads, and Gratiot to Kelly Roads.

Amount to be donated: $10,100      *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 63 members  PLUS  additional donation of $3,800 by a generous Faithful Friend.

We encourage members to support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our December 8, 2015 meeting also featured:
Ashley’s Friends – Where No Child Grieves Alone
Presented by: Holly Abolins
www.ashleysfriends.org
Ashley’s Friends is a non-profit organization in Howell, Michigan that has been helping children and their families since 2002. Grief can be lonely, confusing and scary, especially for children. Through their support program, children ages 5-18 years, and the adults who care for them, have a safe place to grieve and grow with the goal to provide a safe, supportive and comforting environment for children, youth and families who have experienced the death of a loved one and are dealing with grief and loss. Through weekly support groups, Ashley’s Friends help to promote a sense of belonging, to provide a place for expression and a place for healing. Donations help to provide dinner for the families, materials for projects and occasional field trips. Most importantly, donations increase the chances a child will not grieve alone but in a safe, supportive, loving environment.

God’s Helping Hands of Michigan
Presented by: CamieLee Peasley
www.ghhmichigan.org
God’s Helping Hands is a registered 501(c)(3) community outreach program that provides free food and clothing to those in need. GHH helps meet the needs of families in Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer counties, along with other counties in Southeast Michigan. With God’s guidance and the help of agencies, GHH has assisted more than 2,100 families since its inception in 1998.
GHH acts as a food pantry where families in need are allowed to “shop” for food once a month, and they are given enough for the number of people in their household. They feed over 800 individuals each month. GHH also collects new and gently used clothing and household items to pass out to families in need.

 

Our September 23, 2015 meeting winning charity:

Dutton Farm
Presented by: Angie Stathakios
www.DuttonFarm.org

Dutton Farm is a non-profit organization that educates, employs & celebrates people with special needs.  Dutton Farm serves individuals with mental, physical and emotional impairments in Oakland County, where their purpose is to positively impact the lives of their participants through partnership, dignity and contentment.  They provide an array of activities through Vocational, Life Skills and Healthy Living Programs. Dutton Farm believes in the endless potential and worth of every human being and their ability to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Dutton Farm is a 501(c)(3) non–profit charity located at 2270 Dutton Road, Rochester, MI 48306.

Just after our meeting, Angie called Michelle at Dutton Farm to share the exciting news of our donation.  Here’s the heartwarming response Angie wanted to share with us:  “She was so grateful and even said you don’t know how much this helps!  She and her daughter, Jenny, had prayed together about their needs this week. She can’t wait to come and thank everyone in person!”

Can you imagine that?  Our new group was an answer to the prayers of someone we didn’t even know!  Through God all things are possible!

Amount donated: $4,100     *Total amount raised reflects 100% participation of 41 members.

We encourage members to support any or all of the wonderful charities introduced at our meetings.
Our September 23, 2015 meeting also featured:
Kids Kicking Cancer
Presented by: Brenda Pearson
www.kidskickingcancer.org
Kids Kicking Cancer is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides weekly classes for children, both inpatient and outpatient, in the mind-body techniques found in the martial arts. Our mission is “to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally.”  Using martial arts therapy, Kids Kicking Cancer staff teaches ill children and their siblings to regain a sense of control over the chaos of their lives.  Push away the message of pain.  Provide inspiration and light to others facing life-challenges.  See themselves as victors, not victims.  All services provided by Kids Kicking Cancer are at no cost to the children and their families.  Services are offered at all of the Southeast Michigan hospitals.

 Walk for Warmth – Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
Presented by: Katy Kibbey
www.waynemetro.org
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) has been providing services to low and moderate income individuals and families since 1971. Since then, Wayne Metro has established a system of diversified programming and funding knowing that Wayne County residents need a source of reliable community support to help them succeed and thrive. Wayne Metro operates more than 50 programs. The agency has never strayed from its dedication to its mission and promoting positive outcomes for low-income families.  Walk For Warmth is an annual event held to raise funds for the Wayne Metro Emergency Rent and Utility Fund. This family friendly event is full of exciting activities and amazing experiences.