Charities

THE WINNER IS...

PENRICKTON CENTER FOR BLIND CHILDREN - Established in 1952 by the Penman, Ricker, and Wigginton families, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children began as a day nursery for blind preschoolers in Taylor, Michigan. Over time, it expanded to include a 5-day residential program in the late 1950s and a program for visually impaired children with additional handicaps in the early 1960s. Today, it specializes in serving visually impaired children aged one through twelve with at least one additional handicap such as deafness, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, or seizures..  More info here.

WINTER 2023 Meeting Winner: STRIVE RECREATIONAL THERAPY (NON-PROFIT)

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STRIVE RECREATIONAL THERAPY (NON-PROFIT) - offers its clients the skills and tools needed to function in society and increase one’s quality of life. Recreational therapists are healthcare providers who use recreational therapy interventions for improved functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions. This nonprofit organization exists to bring recreational therapy services to those who do not have the financial means or insurance coverage for such. Group programs are also offered to special events including but not limited to sporting events, concerts, and travel.  More info here.

FALL 2023 Meeting Winner: ANOTHER WAY PREGNANCY CENTER

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ANOTHER WAY PREGNANCY CENTER - Another Way is a non-profit women's care organization that exists so no woman or couple feels the need for abortion. Programs offered through their center focus on sexual integrity, fetal development, ultrasounds, parenting, adoption resources, material support, and opportunities for personal growth and restoration.  More info here.

SUMMER 2023 Meeting Winner: TEAM SUZY

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TEAM SUZY - A non-profit organization whose mission is to have a significant impact on those affected by Alzheimer’s in our community by granting financial aid to caregivers, educating our peers about the disease, and partnering with other local non-profits.... More info here.

SPRING 2023 Meeting Winner: MICHIGAN ARTS ACCESS

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MICHIGAN ARTS ACCESS - A non-profit organization promoting creativity, education, and accessibility to the arts for people with disabilities by creating an inclusive society where they may participate in, learn through, excel in and enjoy the arts.... More info here.

WINTER 2022 Meeting Winner: Fredi the PizzaMan Foundation

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FREDI THE PIZZAMAN FOUNDATION is focused on equipping schools with brand new Sensory Rooms, which are spaces dedicated to sensory experiences designed specifically to help individuals with autism to feel calm, supported, and focused. Along with installing Sensory Rooms, they are also committed to spreading Autism awareness and acceptance that makes a long-lasting difference for the teachers, communities, schools, parents and most importantly, the children... More info here.

FALL 2022 Meeting Winner: Power Company Kids Club

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POWER COMPANY KIDS CLUB is a faith-based 501(c)3 committed to promoting the emotional, physical, spiritual and social well-being of the at risk children and adolescents of our inner cities through weekly training and mentoring, in collaboration with parents, churches, community organizations, schools and civic leaders. The Power Company Kids Club is now reaching out to over 1,600 children each week in Detroit and Pontiac.. More info here.

SUMMER 2022 Meeting Winner: St. Francis Camp on the Lake

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ST. FRANCIS CAMP ON THE LAKE serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their personalized day, residential and weekend camp experiences provide campers with opportunities to participate in fun and challenging activities designed to promote social, emotional, and physical development. More info here.

SPRING 2022 Meeting Winner: UCARE (Ukrainian Children's Aid and Relief Effort)

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UCARE (Ukrainian Children's Aid and Relief Effort) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization whose focus is the children of Ukraine, primarily those living in orphanages and internaty (government run orphanage-schools).  TODAY they are helping all the children impacted by the war. Children from Eastern Ukraine are arriving in the West with only the clothes they have on.  They are sending funds to organizations in Ukraine to purchase food, clothing, and bare necessities. UCARE LINK

WINTER 2021 Meeting Winner: FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS

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FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS provides a "safety net" for foster children, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters. Also, lending a hand to those who have aged out of foster care at age 20, finding themselves with no family and no place to live, and no means of meeting basic needs to survive independently. We also provide a “Christmas” for foster children in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. https://www.friendsoffosterkids.org/

FALL 2021 Meeting Winner: EVERSIGHT - Gift of Sight

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EVERSIGHT, where they restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. What would life be like if you couldn’t see? Imagine not being able to work, see the faces of your loved ones or appreciate a bright, sunny day. For millions of people around the world, this reality impacts every part of their lives. But there is hope. Eversight is dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness, and we need your help to make vision a reality for those in need.  Click here for more: EVERSIGHT website.

SUMMER 2021 Meeting Winner: OAKLAND HOPE

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OAKLAND HOPE, founded in 2012, provides free groceries to thousands of families throughout all of Oakland County through their food pantry, which is supported from donations from many sources as well as from the income generated by their own Thrift Store. Visit www.oaklandhope.org to learn more.

SPRING 2021 Meeting Winner: BLOOD CANCER FOUNDATION

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THE BLOOD CANCER FOUNDATION OF MICHIGAN, provides and promotes compassionate, personalized support to patients and families in Michigan affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other blood related disorders. They provide education and resources, emotional support, financial assistance, and social support. Visit https://bloodcancerfoundationmi.org/ to learn more.

WINTER 2020 Meeting Winner: DREAM CENTERS OF MICHIGAN

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DREAM CENTERS OF MICHIGAN, a Christ centered organization, the Dream Centers of Michigan’s mission is to engage people in need with the love of Christ, partnering with them to flourish, thrive, reach their potential and move toward self-sustainability. Dream Centers provide individuals and families with basic needs including food, life skills including education and transportation, and housing for young adults. Visit https://dcofmi.org/ to learn more.

FALL 2020 Meeting Winner: JIMMY'S KIDS

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JIMMY'S KIDS provides toys, food and clothing items to ten of thousands of disadvantaged children every year during Christmas time. They have a team of hundreds of volunteers who help every season, and work with local Detroit schools, hospitals, churches, neighborhood associations and families to find those in need. Visit http://jimtuman.com/jimmyskids/ to learn more.

SUMMER 2020 Meeting Winner: LIGHTHOUSE OF MICHIGAN

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LIGHTHOUSE OF MICHIGAN are centered around building communities that end homelessness and helping people move from crisis toward self-sufficiency. They provide emergency shelters, food pantry services, rental/housing assistance, and follow-up care. Visit lighthousemi.org to learn more.

Spring 2020 Meeting Winner: HUMBLE DESIGN

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HUMBLE DESIGN furnishes homes for families and veterans transitioning from homelessness ... bringing them a fresh start, sense of pride and renewed hope.  As their website says, they are "transforming an empty house into a dignified and welcoming home. It’s a simple idea that changes a family's future."  They don’t just furnish homes, they furnish hope. http://www.humbledesign.org/

Winter 2019 Meeting Winner: SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

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SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE (MI-Western Wayne Co chapter) has identified child "bedlessness" as a nation problem, and builds beds for kids who are sleeping on the floor in their own homes. The demand in our area is well beyond 1,000 beds, and the 100 MEN CLUB gift will help to offset a significant % of this gap! https://www.shpbeds.org/

Fall 2019 Meeting Winner: FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS

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FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS provides a "safety net" for foster children, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters. Also, lending a hand to those who have aged out of foster care at age 20, finding themselves with no family and no place to live, and no means of meeting basic needs to survive independently. We also provide a “Christmas” for foster children in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. https://www.friendsoffosterkids.org/

Summer 2019 Meeting Winner: REBUILDING TOGETHER SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

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REBUILDING TOGETHER SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN (www.rebuildingtogethersem.org) provides no cost home repairs to qualified homeowners in order to provide them with a warm, safe, dry and independent living environment. It is their belief that every homeowner should be given the opportunity to live in a safe and healthy home.

Spring 2019 Meeting Winner: NEW DAY FOUNDATION FOR FAMILIES

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • FRONT PORCH DETROIT (presented by Alan Grams) whose mission is to provide educational and recreational activities to youth in Detroit.  www.frontporchdetroit.org
  • FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS (presented by Jim Mastronardi) who support foster children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing.  www.friendsoffosterkids.org

THE WINNER IS....

NEW DAY FOUNDATION FOR FAMILIES (presented by Greg AVESIAN).  New Day is passionate about helping families alleviate the financial burden of cancer because financial toxicity can be life-threatening, through trusted financial assistance and counseling programs. www.foundationforfamilies.org.

Winter 2018 Meeting Winner: DUTTON FARM

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • Mind Over Matter (presented by Tom Stephens) is helping erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, and supporting life saving programs for those most in need.  momrace.org
  • Eversight Gift of Sight (presented by Brian O'Keefe) is restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. eversightvision.org
  • Dutton Farm (presented by Dave Steiner) is an actual working non-profit farm, providing special needs individuals with a place to develop life and vocational skills. duttonfarm.org

THE WINNER IS....

DUTTON FARM is an actual working non-profit farm, providing special needs individuals with a place to develop life and vocational skills. They are dedicated to serving the disabled community to reach their full potential and find unconditional acceptance, communion with others and overall satisfaction. One of our 100 MEN CLUB members has witnessed the life-changing effect Dutton Farm had on his autistic son, who now has a job and is going to college.

Fall 2018 Meeting Winner: POWER COMPANY KIDS CLUB

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • Friends of Foster Kids (presented by Jim MASTRONARDI).  Providing support for foster children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.  www.friendsoffosterkids.org
  • Soar Detroit (presented by Matt MANCINELLI).  Addressing an epidemic by helping Detroit school kids to read at or above grade level with innovate programs in conjunction with teachers and schools. (Our 1st ever charity we funded back in March 2017 returned to the nomination list after the required 1 year hiatus).  www.soardetroit.org
  • Power Company Kids Club (presented by Albert GEORGE).  Promoting emotional, physical, spiritual and social well-being to at-risk children and adolescents on our inner city.  www.powercompanykidsclub.org

THE WINNER IS....

POWER COMPANY KIDS CLUB is a faith-based 501(c)3 committed to promoting the emotional, physical, spiritual and social well-being of the at risk children and adolescents of our inner cities through weekly training and mentoring, in collaboration with parents, churches, community organizations, schools and civic leaders. The Power Company Kids Club is now reaching out to over 1,600 children each week in Detroit and Pontiac.

Summer 2018 Meeting Winner: BLOOMFIELD SCAMP

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • WHAT IKE WOULD DO (http://wiwdfoundation.org/).  Dedicated to continuing Ike Onwuzurikee's (18 yr old Brother Rice grad who tragically drown) guiding principles: Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul.  Presented by Jim McNulty.
  • POWER COMPANY KIDS CLUB (http://www.powercompanykidsclub.org/).  Promoting emotional, physical, spiritual and social well-being of at-risk children and adolescents of our inner cities through weekly training and mentoring.  Presented by Albert George.
  • BLOOMFIELD SCAMP (https://www.bloomfieldscamp.com/).  SCAMP is a summer program servicing individuals with cognitive disabilities all over Metro Detroit.  Presented by Will Haines.

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BLOOMFIELD SCAMP is a 5-week summer program that seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disabilities ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area. Founded in 1967, SCAMP was the first summer camp in our area to provide a summer program for individuals with disabilities. Campers enjoy a variety of structured activities that focus on social skills improvement, language enrichment, and pre-vocational skills.

Spring 2018 Meeting Winner: CAMP CASEY

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • POWER COMPANY KIDS CLUB (http://www.powercompanykidsclub.org/) Promoting emotional, physical, spiritual and social well-being of at-risk children and adolescents of our inner cities through weekly training and mentoring (presented by Albert George)
  • FRONT PORCH DETROIT (http://www.frontporchdetroit.org/).  Providing educational and recreational activities and opportunities to youth in Detroit. (presented by Alan Grams)
  • CAMP CASEY (https://www.camp-casey.org/).  Supporting children struggling with cancer and rare blood disorders and their families through three unique programs involving healing with horses. (presented by Paul Wilbur).

THE WINNER IS....

CAMP CASEY, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit horseback riding organization for children with cancer and rare blood disorders. Through generous donations and compassionate volunteers, Camp Casey has spread the healing power of horses to Michigan families for over a decade.

Winter 2017 Meeting Winner: HEAVENLY HOPE INTERNATIONAL

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • COTS, the Coalition on Temporary Shelter.  (www.cotsdetroit.org)  Provides temporary shelter to families who are homeless. (presented by Rod Spearin)
  • Grace Centers of Hope (http://www.gracecentersofhope.org/). Providing refuge, safety and security for the unwanted, addicted, and homeless (presented by Kevin Parliament).
  • Heavenly Hope International (http://heavenlyhopeinternational.org/). Providing support and resources to victims and survivors of sex trafficking (presented by Greg Avesian).

THE WINNER IS....

HEAVENLY HOPE INTERNATIONAL, a non-profit organization with a mission to offer support and resources to victims and survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk through outreach, advocacy, and educating communities.  Detroit is #2 city in the USA for sex trafficking exploitation - the average age of a victim that HHI has helped is 11 years old. HHI has served over 1,300 victims to date.

Special Hurricane Relief Effort: BOYS & GIRLS HARBOR (HOUSTON)

100 Men Club opened up a special fundraising effort to support hurricane relief in Houston after the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Several of our members contributed and were able to put together $2,500 to a very worth charity from the Houston community.

BOYS & GIRLS HARBOR provides homes for children in need, regardless of race, creed, color or financial status. While every child's story varies, most have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Each year the Harbor hosts over 100 boys and girls with the average length of stay between two and three years. Hurricane Harvey not only caused damaged to their homes, but wiped out many of the children's personal items. Our donation will go a long way in supporting their rebuilding efforts.

Fall 2017 Meeting Winner: HOCKEY HAS HEART

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • Vets Returning Home (https://vetsreturninghome.org/). Providing temporary shelter and support to displaced vets and their families (presented by Chris Charron).
  • Heavenly Hope International (http://heavenlyhopeinternational.org/). Providing support and resources to victims and survivors of sex trafficking (presented by Greg Avesian).
  • Hockey Has Heart (https://www.hockeyhasheart.org/) Supporting hockey families struggling with medical expenses due to illness or accident (presented by Rich Gunther).

THE WINNER IS....

HOCKEY HAS HEART, who is comprised of a small group of volunteers that since 2003 have raised over $2 million for Michigan hockey families facing life altering challenges. Most distributions are $10,000 or less and usually cover medical expenses or lost wages. One of our current members, Jim Mastronardi, has personally seen the tremendous impact this organization has in improving peoples' lives. Jim's nephew and Godson, Anthony Mastronardi, is courageously recovering from severe injuries sustained on the ice - please read his story.

Summer 2017 Meeting Winner: SHADES OF PINK FOUNDATION

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • Shades of Pink Foundation (www.shadesofpinkfoundation.org). Non-medical financial support for women in need while undergoing breast cancer treatment (presented by Dennis Wade).
  • Bloomfield SCAMP (www.bloomfieldscamp.com). 5 Week Summer Program for individuals with disabilities (presented by Will Haines).
  • Dynamic Kids (www.dynamic-kids.com). Private tutoring center for children with unique learning needs (presented by Mike Donoughe).

THE WINNER IS....

SHADES OF PINK FOUNDATION, which helps breast cancer patients who are experiencing financial distress due to their diagnosis and treatment. To date, they have awarded more than $1.6 million to patients in need to pay for things like mortgage payments, rent, transportation, or insurance premiums. Please visit http://www.shadesofpinkfoundation.org/ for more information. 

Spring 2017 Meeting Winner: SOAR DETROIT

Our first event held March 9th, 2017 was a stunning success.  10 charities were submitted from members, 3 were randomly selected for consideration, and over $8k was donated to the winner.

CHARITY FINALISTS:

  • COTS, the Coalition on Temporary Shelter.  (www.cotsdetroit.org)  Provides temporary shelter to families who are homeless. (Member Sponsor - Rod Spearin)
  • Freedom House Detroit.  (www.freedomhousedetroit.org)  A temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. (Member Sponsor - John Miller)
  • SOAR Detroit.  (http://www.soardetroit.com/)  Providing literacy tutoring services for helping the youth of Detroit achieve their potential.  (Member Sponsor - Roger Gudobba)

THE WINNER IS....

SOAR DETROIT, focused on improving the reading skills of Detroit's inner-city children. Recent reading results for Detroit Public Schools (2013) show that about 25 percent of Detroit fourth-graders tested at or above basic reading levels. The SOAR program can improve their reading by an average of 2+ grade levels in just one year of tutoring, dramatically increasing their chances of finishing school. Please visit http://www.soardetroit.com/ for more information.