County employees give nearly $50k to charities

Oakland County employees donated $49,000 to support local charities this year through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony today at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions donate $1 to wear jeans to work.

Patterson presented 20 organizations with checks totaling $34,500 during the event. Receiving Casual Day funds for the first time was Dutton Farm of Rochester. County employees also donated $14,500 during five Special Casual Days this year. A Special Casual Day is one that has a designated recipient.

“Oakland County employees prove they have big hearts every year through our Casual Day and other charitable initiatives,” Patterson said. “It’s humbling to lead hundreds of employees who want to give so much back to the community.”

This year’s 20 Casual Day recipients were:

• American Diabetes Association, Southfield
• Canine Advocacy Program, Novi
• CARE House, Pontiac
• Danny’s Miracle Angel Network (D-MAN) Foundation, Rochester Hills
• Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, Ann Arbor
• Dutton Farm, Rochester
• Grace Centers of Hope, Pontiac
• HAVEN, Pontiac
• Helping Hearts Helping Hands, Clarkston
• Kids Kicking Cancer, Southfield
• Oakland County Children’s Village Foundation, Waterford
• Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society, Pontiac
• Operation Injured Soldiers, South Lyon
• Oxford/Orion FISH, Lake Orion
• Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester
• The Rainbow Connection, Rochester
• Scarlet’s Smile, Commerce
• Toys for Tots, Waterford
• Walk the Line to SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) Recovery, Southfield
• Yellow Ribbon Fund, Rochester

Since its inception in 1993, Oakland County employees have donated more than $900,000, touching the lives of thousands of people. No taxpayer funds are used in the Casual Day program.