Church among 17 to receive Casual Day donations

 Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed $34,000 among 17 southeast Michigan organizations including St. Josaphat Church in Detroit, whose steeple was damaged by wind in November, during a ceremony in the lobby of the Executive Office Building last Thursday. The funds were raised by county employees over the course of 2013 from Casual Day donations.

"Our county employees are generous and love to support deserving organizations," Patterson said. "Casual Day is one of many ways our employees give back throughout the year."
Casual Day recipients for 2013 are:
• American Diabetes Association - Bingham Farms.
• Baldwin Center – Pontiac.
• Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CARE House) – Pontiac.
• D-MAN Foundation - Rochester Hills.
• Donate Life Coalition of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
• Give-A-Christmas Year Around – Royal Oak.
• Grace Centers of Hope – Pontiac.
• HAVEN – Bingham Farms.
• Helping Hearts Helping Hands – Clarkston.
• Kids Kicking Cancer – Detroit.
• McLaren Children’s Clinic – Pontiac.
• Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society – Pontiac.
• Oakland Parks Foundation – Waterford.
• Oxford/Orion FISH - Orion Township.
• Rainbow Connection – Rochester.
• St. Josaphat Church – Detroit.
• Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery – Southfield.
In addition, more than $5,000 was given to five other organizations or individuals during the course of the year.
The 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 21 years ago, Oakland County employees have donated well over a half million dollars, touching the lives of thousands of people. No taxpayer funds are used in the casual day program.

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