Formed over a campfire in 2009, the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children has been assisting needy families and charities by developing events that are both family friendly and provide for an opportunity to interact with others in the community that value the spirit of giving.
Since the formation, the foundation has assisted local charities with the primary goal of focusing on families that need
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is dedicated to assisting families in need by partnering with the communities we serve.
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assistance either by financial means or logistical support. We are proud to have supported organizations such as The Wings of Mercy East Michigan, FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, Team Huron Valley Special Olympics, The Shannon Gaber-Silverthorn Scholarship, Team Kendal Kidz, Play Like Jackson and other past charities like Orchards Children's Services and the Thin Blue Line. In March of 2015, the Foundation was honored to assume a five-year commitment of a room sponsorship at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit..
In addition to charities, the foundation has spotlighted specific families in need. In 2010, the region was shocked to hear of the brutal death of young Dominick Calhoun and made the sweet young one the focus of the outing. In 2011, we were made aware of the passing of a bright light named Kendal Lividini and were proud to sponsor the event in her name. The 2013 event featured the theme “Play Like Jackson” in honor of Fenton youth Jackson Gangwer whom we lost at the age of 12 in April of that year. Last year, the celebrity softball players participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Foundation will also be honoring Lakeland High Schooler Spencer Hale on August 22, 2015. Spencer endured the loss of a leg recently from a rare form of cancer. Help us help Spencer realize his dream to play hockey again.
While the softball game, held in August of each year is the signature event, the foundation has sponsored other events. In December, 2012 a Benefit was held for the family of Officer Patrick O’Rourke, a West Bloomfield Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty. Through tremendous community support, the Foundation was able to sell out the Compuware Arena and put seven Hall of Famers on the Ice to raise over $150,000.00 for the family.
Since Inception, through generous donations, the foundation has raised over $750,000. The foundation is established in the State of Michigan as a 501(c)3 and does not maintain a payroll for any of the volunteers, Board Members, Officers or Directors.
We appreciate your support!
The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children Board of Directors