Bowling for Wishes

Tuesday night was our Bowling for Wishes fundraiser at Avon North Hill Lanes.  We had a great turnout.  Thank you to everyone who came out to help support The Rainbow Connection.  There will be some happy kids when their wishes come true!

Through bowling tickets, raffle tickets, canvas bags, Dishes for Wishes cookbooks, cookies, and everyone’s generous donations, we raise $677.27 in one night.

The raffle prizes included gift cards, free car washes, gift certificates, free hair cut, Detroit Tigers Tickets, and a 50/50.

The Rainbow Connection gave us the canvas bags and the Dishes for Wishes cookbooks to sell.  April made the rainbow cookies to sell, which are not pictured.

Thank you to everyone who donated and came out to support The Rainbow Connection!

Here are a few pictures from the night…

Courtney, who won the 50/50, donated the money to The Rainbow Connection!

Thank you so much Courtney!!

Thank you again to everyone who came out to support The Rainbow Connection!

Why I chose Rainbow Connection – Zach

I am choosing to be a part of this charitable organization because it is local to Michigan, and most importantly the organization  has not turned down a single family!  I really like Rainbow Connection because of their local ability, and this is the first charity I’ve started working with that I’m having the most fun so far, and I feel like I am helping contribute to making a bigger difference in the local community with Rainbow Connection, and only hope for the best that our event will raise awareness and enlighten others about this charity and their services.

Meeting The Rainbow Connection Family

This past Thursday we met with The Rainbow Connection and learned more about the organization.  They supplied us with t-shirts to wear to the Bowling for Wishes fundraiser.  They also gave us flyers to hand out, along with canvas bags and “Dishes for Wishes” cookbooks to sell!  After we left The Rainbow Connection, we went to a few businesses downtown Rochester to pass out flyers and ask for donations for our raffle.  We are all excited to be raising money for a great organization!

Why I picked The Rainbow Connection – April

Until a week ago, I had never heard of The Rainbow Connection.  As my group members and I brainstormed about possible nonprofit organizations to help, The Rainbow Connection seemed to be just one out of many worthy associations in the local area.  The more my group member Nick talked about this organization, however, the more motivated I felt to serve and fundraise for them.  When I learned that The Rainbow Connection works to make the wishes of terminally ill children and children with life-threatening diseases come true, I immediately thought of my friend who is terminally ill and children I’ve known who have had to stay in the hospital for long periods of time.  I’ve always firmly believed that a person should be treated with dignity and compassion, regardless of their health, age, and/or potential “usefulness” to the world.  What better way to show a child that s/he is cherished and cared for than to grant their wish!

I was even more motivated to help out this organization when I learned that it is Michigan-based.  Our fundraising efforts will not only be helping out sick kids, but we’ll be helping sick kids who live right next door!  All in all, I am excited to be part of this team and to work with The Rainbow Connection.  Even though our efforts may be a small drop of water in the tide of donations and support, that tide would be one drop smaller were it not for our effort and dedication.

Why I picked The Rainbow Connection – Ron

On day 1 of our group meetings, our first order of business was to brainstorm ideas on which charity, organization, or community service function we wanted to focus our efforts on.  A few ideas were thrown out there such as an animal rescue organization, and a charity organization that provided free entertainment to people in need.  Ultimately, we unanimously decided that no other organization needed us more than the Rainbow Connection.  This organization, which helps fill the wishes of terminally ill children, required our attention.  When Nick suggested this specific organization, an organization he was already affiliated with, I think we rallied around the idea.  Not only did we have an “in,” but it was an extremely noble cause trying to shine some light into the lives of these children.  Personally, I love the fact that it is based in Michigan, helping Michigan kids.  It’s not that children around the country need less help, but I think it’s very important we take care of our own, first and foremost.  As a group, I think we all agree that at the end of the day, we can feel proud of how we came together as strangers, to help make a difference in so many lives.

Why I picked The Rainbow Connection – Nick

Our group has chosen to help out The Rainbow Connection, an organization in Rochester.  The mission of this organization is to fulfill wishes of children from the ages of 2 ½ to 18 who have life-threatening medical conditions.  The Rainbow Connection was formed in 1985 by current Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

The Rainbow Connection was created after the founder lost his best friend and the majority of his family in a plane crash.  He held a memorial golf outing that has turned into a yearly event.  The Rainbow Connection was founded in 1985 with the goal of bringing some happiness to the lives of Michigan children who are suffering and may not live much longer.

The organization relies on donations, so that’s why we’re here.  Most of the money that is used for operations comes directly from donations, so we feel that we are doing our part.  Our aim is to raise a good amount of money for this organization that will go a long way to helping out a family in need.

I was introduced to The Rainbow Connection by my dad who was already a member of the Board of Directors.  I have been volunteering my time as a computer technician for over two years, and have grown quite familiar with the organization and its purpose.  What I like most about the organization is that the amount of staff is small, but no wish has ever been turned down.  They just make it happen for Michigan children.

We are choosing to help out this organization due to its proximity and by the fact that we were attracted to mission.  We hope that by doing this project it will be something memorable for all involved.