The Rainbow Connection Grants its 3000th Wish

Four-Year-Old Abigail Is the 3000th Wish Child at The Rainbow Connection Since its humble beginning in 1982, The Rainbow Connection has been making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. The Rainbow Connection, a 4-Star Charity Navigator organization, recently celebrated granting its 3000th wish. Founded by Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, in honor of Ron Dobson and his two children who were killed tragically in a plane crash, The Rainbow … [Read more...]

The Rainbow Connection receives a Donation from Rochester Rotary

Rochester Rotary Charities announces donation to The Rainbow Connection Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, is pleased to announce its continuing support of local charities through a $5,000 donation to Rochester-based The Rainbow Connection. The mission of The Rainbow Connection is to help make dreams come true for … [Read more...]

19 Charities Receive Oakland Casual Day Funds

Oakland County employees donated a total of over $50,000 to support local charities in 2015 through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony today in the lobby of the Executive Office Building. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions may donate $1 to wear jeans or dress casually. Patterson presented 19 organizations which serve the community with checks totaling $31,500 during the special ceremony. County … [Read more...]

The Big, Bright Light Show Celebrates 10 years of Memories!

Brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly, November 23 through Jan. 3, 2016, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m. during the 43rd Annual Lagniappe celebration. This year marks 10 years since The Big, Bright Light Show made its sparkling debut.  And over that time, … [Read more...]

Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester Lights Up on Nov. 23

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. For the second year, Lagniappe is scheduled for the Monday before Thanksgiving. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the 10th anniversary debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. on E. Fourth Street … [Read more...]

Local Girl is Belle of Dream Makers Ball at Townsend Hotel

The Rainbow Connection invites the community to join Founder L. Brooks Patterson, Mark Crawford and D’Ann Columbo on Saturday, April 18 at The Townsend Hotel for The Dream Makers Ball. The first annual black tie gala will benefit the charity’s mission to make dreams come true for brave Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. Tessa from Royal Oak was just five years old when her parents received the devastating news that their little girl has Neuroblastoma. Now seven years old, … [Read more...]

Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools to Honor Gage Garmo

Students at two local high schools are joining together once again in the name Gage Garmo, their friend and fellow student who died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer and just one day after meeting his idol Eminem. These same students waged a social media campaign to make that meeting happen that escalated and drew international attention when 17-year-old Gage was told he had just days to live. The student council at Rochester High School has announced that all proceeds from … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Rainbow Connection Annual ‘Celebration of Dreams’ Event Set for New Location

Ten Michigan children suffering from life threatening illnesses will aside their worries out to model holiday fashion at The Rainbow Connection 'Celebration of Dreams' on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Petruzzello’s in Troy. The party begins at 5 p.m., and tickets are just $75 each. “The ‘Celebration of Dreams’ is an especially magical time for The Rainbow Connection” explains Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter. “It is our opportunity to celebrate the children with new and old friends. As … [Read more...]

The Rainbow Connection Celebrates Making Dreams Come True

The Rainbow Connection, along with founder L. Brooks Patterson, is hosting The Dobson, its annual signature event on Monday, July 28, 2014. The event celebrates 35 years of making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. Master of Ceremonies, Dave LewAllen of Channel 7 Action News will join Mr. Patterson in welcoming more than 400 guests to an evening of live entertainment, dinner and a celebration sure to touch the hearts of all who attend. Mary Grace … [Read more...]