Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced that county employees are donating $25,000 worth of holiday spirit to charities by their participation in the county’s Casual Day Fund. Patterson presented 15 local charities with their share of the funds in the lobby of the Executive Office Building during a check presentation ceremony on December 15.
“It is heartening to know that even in these hard times, Oakland County employees donate a significant amount to very deserving organizations,” says Patterson.
Every Thursday and Friday, Oakland County employees may donate $1 to the Casual Day Fund to wear jeans to work. The following charitable organizations received checks from these proceeds at the ceremony:
- American Diabetes Association
- Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
- Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra
- Child Abuse and Neglect Council
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Donate Life Coalition of Michigan
- Give-a-Christmas Year Round
- Huron Valley Council for the Arts
- Paint Creek Center for the Arts
- PKD Foundation (Kidney Disease Foundation)
- POH Children’s Clinic
- Rainbow Connection
- Toys for Tots
- William Scripps Estate/ Guest House, Inc.
- Winning Futures
Other charities and individuals reaped a total of $10,000 in donations throughout the year from Special Casual Days dedicated to a particular charity or person. County employees wore pink on October 16th for breast cancer awareness. Those funds supported the Wear It Pink to fight breast cancer program during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One Special Casual Day story is about the family of Izabel Weigand, a 5-year-old Lake Orion girl who recently was the recipient of a new heart. Bel’s mom Holly gave up her daycare business in order to care for her daughter full time. The loss of income from her business and the cost of care for a transplant recipient mean tough times for the Weigand family. County employees did their part with a Special Casual Day on November 6th.
“Since Casual Day began 17 years ago, Oakland County employees have raised more than half a million dollars and touching the lives of thousands of people,” Patterson says.