Holiday Bazaar Brings Christmas Cheer to Detroit-Area Foster Children

— Help Closet Coordinator Shirley Roseman

Starting with a special kick-off event on Saturday, December 15th and running during our Help Closet’s regular hours through Friday, Dec. 21st, the first FTSG Help Closet Holiday Bazaar served approximately seventy metro Detroit foster children, foster families, and foster care workers this holiday season.

Lots of holiday toys were available during the 2012 Holiday Bazaar for foster children

Lots of holiday toys were available during the 2012 Holiday Bazaar for foster children

Our kickoff event, which took place during the afternoon, featured volunteer holiday gift-wrappers, refreshments, and creative activities including a chance to create hand-made holiday cards. There were definitely smiles all-round!

Thanks to generous donations by the Rotary Club of Detroit and other donors we were able to offer our holiday “shoppers” an ample inventory of new toys and holiday gifts for children aged twelve and younger. These donations were in addition to the items we usually have on hand at the Help Closet including clothing, toys, electronics and other items.

Detroit Rotarian Ray Opezzo serving up the popcorn.

Detroit Rotarian Ray Opezzo serving up the popcorn.

The generosity of the Rotary, our Samaritan Center hosts, and other area organizations, businesses, and individuals has made a big difference this year, and we already plan on making the Bazaar a holiday tradition!

Please note that the Help Closet will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25 – Thursday, Jan. 4. Still want to arrange to make a future donation? Not a problem! – just click here to be taken to For The Seventh Generation’s donation page and we’ll contact you after the holidays!

Play It Forward Rocked the House!

Our Music Lesson for Foster Kids Program Raised (at least) $2500 in Just Six Hours!
– Sonya Mastick, Chair, Play It Forward!PIF Logo

Thanks to the energy of several volunteers and the fantastic music of Ellen Keyt and Deb Fedon, we had a turnout of at least two hundred people and were able to raise at least $2500 to provide music lessons to foster children during the kickoff of our Barnes & Noble Book Fair in Grosse Pointe on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All I can say is, “Wow!” It was definitely a high-energy event. Ellen and Deb kept us moving with with their excellent music, while our awesome volunteer gift wrappers made sure every outgoing present was dressed up and ready for the tree.

I’d like to take just a moment to thank everyone who made this event such a great success. Thanks to our volunteers and the generous people who came out to support us we’re well on our way to providing instruments and free music lessons to our first twenty foster kids.

We’re still waiting for the total tally for the entire Book Fair, which lasted online through December 6. Thanks to Barnes & Noble, our volunteers, and the people who chose to help foster children with their Christmas budget, we’re in great shape for 2013!

DMBA Foundation celebrates Judge Victoria Roberts during 8th annual Archer Award

John Meiu/Photographer

Judge Linda Parker, DMBAF Co-Chair Barbara Bowman, Judge Victoria Roberts, and DMBAF Co-Chair E. Christopher Johnson at the 2012 Archer Award gala reception.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, members of metro Detroit’s legal community came together to honor the life and work of United States District Judge Victoria Roberts during the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation’s eighth annual Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award gala reception at the Detroit Yacht Club.

We’d like to thank everyone who made this successful event possible, including the Foundation’s Trustees and sponsors including Compuware, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.

Approximately 250 people attended to congratulate Judge Roberts, who was introduced by her long time friend Judge Linda Parker. During her remarks on accepting the award, Judge Roberts spoke eloquently about her family and their incredible support, the many people who were a part of her success in the legal field and the importance of working every day to make a difference for others.

For more information about the evening and about Judge Roberts, check out this excellent article from the Detroit Legal News.

Proceeds from the Archer Award event support the Foundation’s access to justice and public service work, including For The Seventh Generation’s work on behalf of metro Detroit’s foster children.