Friends of Foster Kids August 2016 Newsletter

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A Note from the Founder:

Being our inaugural Newsletter, I felt it only fitting that we begin by expressing our sincere “Gratitude” for your continued

support. We recognize that you, our donors, are the life blood of this organization. It is through your caring, commitment and

generosity that ensures the success of this program. You truly are Angels!

Looking back through the years I’ve watched this organization grow. Helping us to spread the word, you are making smiles happen and bringing joy into the lives of our local foster children. Witnessing the love that passes from our donors, showing a child they do matter, speaks volumes. Together we are able to impact the lives of so many of our local foster children.

Currently we are wrapping up our Hats Off to Grads Program, providing our foster children with the tools and necessities they need to set up for living independently and beginning their college life. Without the support of a family, we can always count on you to step in.

Together we are changing lives…one child at a time!


Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others ~ Pablo


College Program-Hats off to Grads Program

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Donations of linens and personal items help every student!

In mid-June we kicked off our college program for 30+ college students from Macomb and Oakland counties.

This college program is an annual program that runs to mid July. Then collections are sorted/organized for a one-time distribution in time for the student to leave for college in August.

Sponsoring a student entails purchasing specific items that the college student would need to start their college year, it can vary from student to student. Each student fills out a wish list stating the items they will need from graphing calculators, bedding, mini refrigerators and microwaves to personal care items, laundry and cleaning supplies to storage bins.

Angels, like you, make this important program a success!!


EVENTS

Ongoing – Kroger Community Rewards – www.krogercommunityrewards.com

Ongoing – Amazon Smile – https://smile.amazon.com

Ongoing – Thrivent Choice Member – FoFK can be selected with your Thrivent Choice dollars

6-14-2016 > 8-2016  – College Program

9-15-2016 – Spirit of Christmas Program Kick off

10-27-2016 – 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner – Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights

11-18-2016  – G.S.G. Roaring 20’s Fundraising Dinner Dance – Fernhill Golf Club, Clinton Township


Download a PDF of the Friends of Foster Kids August 2016 Newsletter HERE, and email info@friendsoffosterkids.org to receive the newsletter to your email inbox.

Happy Abbeyversary Sherwood Brewing Company celebrates 10 years of craft goodness

Happy Abbeyversary Sherwood Brewing Company celebrates 10 years of craft goodness

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HOUR DETROIT — AUGUST 4, 2016

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Sherwood Brewing Company will celebrate 10 years of craft beer with a special “Abbeyversary” event on Aug. 20. Starting at 4 p.m. and throughout the evening, there will be several special releases of Sherwood’s “Abbey” ales.

The event is actually two parties in one. The 5th Annual WoodFest will be going on in the main tent in conjunction with the Abbeyversary. WoodFest is a celebration of the local relationships Sherwood Brewing has developed over the years. Local food, musicians, and vendors will also be on hand.

Sherwood Brewing Company, or “The Wood” to the regulars, has been brewing and selling their “obnoxiously unpretentious beers” since Aug. 31, 2006. They also serve locally sourced “elevated pub grub.”

Owners Ray Sherwood, Lisa Sherwood, and Corey Paul are more laid back about things than other breweries. The focus has always been on local relationships and experiencing life.

“The anniversary party is a celebration of how we do things; it’s about having fun and enjoying good food. It’s not about pushing a bottle in front of collectors,” says Ray.

“We’ve spent the past 10 years making and strengthening our connections to the community,” says Lisa. “Whether it’s fundraising for a local cause, networking to support local businesses, or donating to school and community events, Sherwood Brewing Company is instrumental in helping others.”

One example of their community involvement is the annual Presents for Pints. Each holiday season, customers trade wishes (gifts) for beer and pizza, and local children benefit.

“We choose a charity each November and gather their wish list,” Lisa says. “Last year we adopted 25 kids from Friends of Foster Kids and were able to obtain every item on every wish list. Our customers look forward to P4P every year.”

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5th Annual Tom Powers Charity Classic

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The 5th Annual Tom Powers Charity Classic (T.P.C.C.) on June 12th at Castle Creek Golf Club supporting Friends of Foster Kid was a great success!

It was a beautiful day for golf, and a good time was had by all. Additionally, the T.P.C.C. raised over $4,200 for Friends of Foster Kids!

Thank you to all the golfers, sponsors, donors, volunteers and Castle Creek Golf Club for making the day memorable and for your generosity.

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Another Special Thank you to our Hole Sponsors:

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WLAM-Macomb’s 3rd Annual Cocktails for a Cause Spring Mixer for Friends of Foster Kids

 

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Thank you Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Macomb Region (WLAM-MAcomb) for hosting this wonderful event for Friends of Foster Kids on May 18, 2016! This year, the WLAM-Macomb Cocktails for a Cause beneficiary was Friends of Foster Kids (FOFK). This year’s Spring Mixer included a Pajama & Tote Bag / Duffel / Backpack Drive for the kids! 

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2016 Friends of Foster Kids Alex & Ani Fundraiser

Thank you Alex & Ani at Partridge Creek for hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, April 21st in support of Friends of Foster Kids!Alex & Ani 2016 Event

Supporters we’re able to shop for upcoming birthdays, Mother’s day, communions and just because! This was a wonderful opportunity to purchase that special gift for those special someones and support a worthy cause! Together, we can make a difference, one child at a time! 15% of all proceeds will be donated to support Friends of Foster Kids, excluding Charity By Design and the Bangle of the Month.

We are excited to announce the winner of the bracelet drawing at our Alex and Ani fundraiser. Congratulations to Diane P. of Clinton Township! Thank you again to all that came out to support us!!

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Friends of Foster Kids 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Friends of Foster Kids Board of Directors with Special Guest, Alicia Smith
Friends of Foster Kids Board of Directors with Special Guest, Alicia Smith

A wonderful night was had by all at the Friends of Foster Kids 2nd Annual Fundraiser. Held on October 29, 2015 at Freedom Hill for an evening supporting foster children.

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Speakers

Joe Toia began the night by sharing his thought provoking recreation of the night a child enters the foster system. Master of Ceremonies, Honorable David Viviano,Michigan Supreme Court Justice, offered a warm welcome to guests. Special Guest Speaker, Alicia Smith, Weekday Action News Anchor at WXYZ Channel 7 spoke about her Grant Me Hope Series featuring children in foster care.

 

Honoring Special Guests

Special Guests were honored with awards of appreciation. Event hosts, Darin Chase and Janice Shoemaker were thanked for  “Going Above and Beyond” to help the lives of hundreds of foster children through their generosity and exemplary leadership. Ian McDonald, Interstate Security, was recognized for his overwhelming generosity and support to bring the “Spirit of Christmas” to hundreds of foster children every year. Additional honorees were P. Eugene D’Agostini, Michael Schodowski, Nicole Lipka and our guest speakers, Honorable David Viviano,Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Alicia Smith, Weekday Action News Anchor at WXYZ Channel 7.

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Fundraising Raffles

Throughout the night multiple raffles were offered to guests as a fun way to fundraise for Friends of Foster Kids!

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Guests Enjoying the Evening

The evening was made special with thanks to the friendly faces of our supporters, local community and business leaders, friends, family, volunteers, and Board of Directors. Between the festive decorations, appetizers, carving station, desserts and coffee bar a lot of networking and connections were made all in the support of the foster kids we are honored to serve.

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Thank You Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors: Foam Factory, Shelving Inc., Coppola & Associates P.C., Il Fornaio, Nino Salvaggio Charitable Foundation for Children in Need, Ferrari Contractors, MIAFS Michigan Insurance and Financial Services, ReMax Defined, Homesite Direct Darin Chase and Janice Shoemaker, Italian American Delegates, Java Java Mike Aiello, Back Nine Grafx.

 

Thank You All for a Successful Fundraiser!

Thank you again to everyone that supported Friends of Foster Kids at our 2nd Annual Friends of Foster Kids Fundraiser! We were able to put the funds raised towards making Christmas magical for hundreds of Foster kids.

Thank you and Bless you all!


Stay up to date with Friends of Foster Kids year round on our social media sites: Facebook and Twitter; or contact us at info@friendsoffosterkids.org for more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation.