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18 Organizations Share $35,500 in Casual Day Donations

Public Date: 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

2012 Casual Day Recipients

Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed $35,500 among 18 southeast Michigan organizations today during a ceremony in the lobby of the Executive Office Building. The funds were raised by county employees over the course of 2012 from Casual Day donations.

"The generosity of our county employees is exceeded only by their professionalism

and commitment to serve the residents of Oakland County," Patterson said. "Casual Day is one of many ways our employees give back throughout the year."

2012 Casual Day RecipientsCasual Day recipients for 2012 are:

  • American Diabetes Association - Bingham Farms
  • Baldwin Center - Pontiac
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CARE House) - Pontiac
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Metropolitan Detroit Chapter - Troy
  • D-MAN Foundation - Rochester Hills
  • Donate Life Coalition of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • FernCare - Ferndale
  • Give-A-Christmas Year Round – Royal Oak
  • Grace Centers of Hope - Pontiac
  • Helping Hearts Helping Hands - Clarkston
  • Kids Kicking Cancer - Detroit
  • McLaren Children’s Health Services - Pontiac
  • Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society - Pontiac
  • Oxford/Orion FISH - Orion Township
  • Rainbow Connection - Rochester
  • Rebuilding Together Oakland County - Farmington Hills
  • Toys for Tots - Waterford
  • Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery - Southfield

In addition, another $16,200 was given to 14 other organizations or people during the course of the year, including the families of West Bloomfield Officer Patrick O'Rourke, who was killed in the line of duty Sept. 9, and James Cram, Patterson's security officer who was injured along with the county executive in an Aug. 10 automobile crash. That’s a total of nearly $52,000 donated by county employees this year to help those in need.

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 20 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.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, media and communications officer, at 248-202-9668.