15 charitable organizations and disabled veteran to share $29,000

On Wednesday, December 17 at 2 p.m., Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will give a total of $28,000 to 15 charities during his annual holiday news conference where he distributes money donated by county employees on Casual Day. In addition, county staff will privately deliver a $1,000 check to a disabled Vietnam veteran who reached out to Mr. Patterson to help him find funds to repair a failing septic system that potentially would have driven the veteran and his family from their home. After the county’s Community & Home Improvement and Veterans’ Services divisions succeeded in finding grants to aid with the septic repair, Patterson donated the $1,000 to the veteran, who wishes to remain anonymous, for Christmas.

This year’s recipients include:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Baldwin Center
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CARE House)
  • D-MAN Foundation
  • Donate Life Coalition of Michigan
  • Give-A-Christmas Year Around
  • Grace Centers of Hope
  • Helping Hearts Helping Hands
  • Kids Kicking Cancer
  • McLaren Children’s Clinic
  • Oxford/Orion FISH
  • The Rainbow Connection
  • Rebuilding Together Oakland County
  • Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery.

Oakland County’s Casual Day program allows employees in participating departments and divisions to wear jeans or dress casually on Thursdays or Fridays for a minimum donation of $1. Since its inception 22 years ago, Oakland County employees have donated well over $700,000 dollars, touching the lives of thousands of people. No taxpayer funds are used in the casual day program.

This presentation will take place in the lobby of the Executive Office Building located at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford.

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