The Joe Kocur Foundation For Children is dedicated to assisting families in need by partnering with the communities we serve.
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 assistance either by
financial means or logistical support. We are proud to have supported
organizations such as The Wings of Mercy, Team Kendal Kidz, Orchard
Children’s Service, FAR Conservatory, The Huron Valley Special Olympics,
The Thin Blue Line, The Shannon Gaber-Silverthorn Scholarship and other
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.
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 7 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 $500k. 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!