Our MissionThe Rainbow Connection makes dreams come truefor Michigan children with life-threatening medicalconditions. In addition, we provide support services toour wish families experiencing ﬁnancial difﬁculties.2018Liam wished to meet his favorite celebrity,Mark Wahlberg! Liam’s smile says it all!InitiativesMEET KAI!In 2018, we introduced our new mascot, Kai. Wish children were asked toname the stuffed lion, who symbolizes courage. After the names were putto a social media vote, Kai came out the winner. Kai has several meanings,including warrior, recovery and victory making him a perfect companion forour brave wish children.Kai lions can be purchased on our website, and are gifted to each of ourwish children. To purchase a Kai lion, or sponsor one for a wish child, visitrainbowconnection.orgTURN YOUR WHEELS INTO WISHESDonate your car, truck, boat, RV, or motorcycle to The Rainbow Connection.You will receive a tax deduction for the Kelley Blue Book Private Seller Value.FACEBOOK FUNDRAISERSLooking for a simple way to fundraise for The Rainbow Connection?Facebook has made it easy to set up a fundraiser so your friends and familycan donate! Just go to “Create A Fundraiser” from your Facebook Proﬁleand choose The Rainbow Connection as your nonproﬁt of choice!In 2018, Facebook Fundraisers raised enough to grant 4 wishes!SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFASTBoard Members, Dave LewAllen and Kevin Schnieders, led an initiative tohonor our scholarship recipients and raise funds for the scholarship program.In 2018, 17 scholarships were awarded to wish children continuing theireducation beyond high school. Each of these 1,000 scholarships wasfunded by our ﬁrst annual Scholarship Breakfast.TheRainbowConnectionCar Donation ProgramTurn your wheels into wishes
“Abby was diagnosedwith Leukemia in 2017.Shortly thereafterwe were introducedto The RainbowConnection. Theentire wish processcreated a night wewill never forget. Abbywas so excited thatall of the celebritydancers took time totalk to her and makeher feel special.”-Abby’s Mom145wishes grantedin 2018How Old Our Kids AreWhere Our Kids Liveby countyOther 36%Wayne 33%65 2951wish children wish children wish children13-18 years old 8-12 years old 2-7 years oldWe work with hospitals acrossthe state to ensure our childrenare able to experience theirwish as soon as possible.12%Beaumont29%Other69Referring Hospitals51%University of Michigan76Oakland 19%Children’s Hospital of MichiganMacomb 12%boys vs girls2018 Wish StatsAbigail wished to goto the premiere ofDancing with the Stars.8%
Thank You, Mr. PattersonHow It All Adds Up In 2018Funding SourcesOn May 9, 1980, Ron Dobson andhis two children, Tim and Jennifer,tragically died in a plane crash. Ron’swife, Janet, was critically injured. InAugust of that year, Oakland CountyExecutive, L. Brooks Patterson, andother dear friends held a memorialgolf outing to raise funds in honor ofTim and Jennifer.“Out of that tragedy, I wondered ifsomething positive could be createdto remember these kids,” shares Mr.Patterson.That humble beginning has evolvedinto what is now The RainbowConnection, dedicated to grantingwishes for Michigan children with lifethreatening illnesses. Janet Dobsonremains on the Board of Directors.Since 1985, we have made dreamscome true for over 3,500 children.Mr. Patterson continues, “Not manypeople get to start something like TheRainbow Connection. It has beenaround for more than 34 years, andI know it will be around for a longtime to come. I’m very proud of that,proud of the longevity.”Where the Money Goes86%MissionWishesSpecial ResponseEnhancementsScholarships 4%Fundraising
2018 Major EventsRecord-Breaking Dream Makers BallThank you for helping us break recordsin tickets sold (337), dollars raised duringa live auction ( 104,000), and total fundsraised ( 456,590).NEW Mobile Bidding at The DobsonGolfers and diners were able to bid on our70 amazing silent auction items all daydirectly from their phones! The processmade for more time to bid and a quickand easy check out for our guests!Teamed up with The Brooksie WayOur Metro Detroit Walk for Kids teamedup with The Brooksie Way on OaklandUniversity’s campus offering ourparticipants a larger variety of races.SOLD OUT Celebration of DreamsThis year more than 450 guests gatheredat Penna’s in Sterling Heights for ourCelebration of Dreams. This annualfavorite features a gifts galore silentauction and a Wish Child Fashion Show!Community Choice Credit Union employees from 60 branches competed in a silentauction basket challenge. Each branch chose a theme, collected items, and designeda basket for our silent auctions. The baskets were valued between 100 and 300 andhave already helped us raise more than 5,000! That is enough to grant a child’s wish!
Volunteer of the Year, Dennis Costa2018 Volunteer of the Year, Dennis Costa’s ﬁrst Rainbow Connectionevent was our 2016 Wish Picnic. He shared that he was “hooked” as hesaw “the sheer joy on the faces of the kids and their families.”“My favorite experience took place at the Family Holiday Partywhile helping to get Santa ready for all the family photos. We had awonderful visit from a little friend and wish child named Panda. It is hardto ﬁnd words to accurately describe the sheer amazement, joy and loveshe expressed as she visited with Santa. Her mother used sign-languageof ‘blowing my mind’ to express Panda’s thoughts. Panda returnedseveral times, insisting on waiting in line to visit her friend, Santa, tuggingat all of our hearts!”Dennis has been married to his wife, Margie, for over 50 years. He hasfour sons and eight grandkids ages 3-19. He loves to share specialtimes with his grandchildren including trips to the lake, bowling, sportingevents, and yes, even shopping with the girls! Dennis is retired fromPenske Automotive Group and volunteers at a number of organizations.We are honored to name Dennis our Volunteer of the Year and are verygrateful for all he does to help support our mission!4935,641hours of servicevolunteersThank You to Our Major DonorsAdvomasAFR Furniture and Temporary VIP SuitesMichael & Mary Anne AliotoAPTIV FoundationArt Van Furniture, Inc.Artichoke Garlic FoundationArts, Beats & Eats FoundationAlan & Donna AspAttendance On DemandAvid PaysBank of AmericaBBVA CompassBern Dog Enterprises, LLCBonus DriveBorgWarner FoundationBMA Kick a ThonLaura BostickJeff & Nicole BourdeauBrian BoychukDale BukoskiC.E. Gleeson Constructors, Inc.C.H. RobinsonCatholic Kolping Soc. of AmericaCharter One Investment Management ServicesChemical BankSandi CherryChildren’s Hospital of MichiganChip in for Kids Golf OutingDr. Roland ChuCiena HealthcareCiti CorporateClark HillClarkston State BankClayton & McKerveyClinton Township Fireﬁghters FundClub General MotorsCounty of Sanilac - Thumbs Up for KidsMark & D’Ann CrawfordChristopher & Andrea CzarDr. Myra DanishDetroit Auto Dealers AssociationDetroit Metro Convention & Visitors BureauDanny DeWolfDickinson WrightDoeren MayhewLarry & Karen DrakeDTE Energy FoundationEagles for ChildrenEastern Oil CompanyTimothy EasterwoodEDSIEdward JonesReinhard & Lisa EschbachKarl & Charisse EschbachKrista EschbachFifth Third BankFilmer Memorial Charitable TrustFire On Ice Hockey TournamentFirst Premier TitleFM GlobalFord Motor Company FundTodd FoxGemini GroupGenisys Credit UnionMichael & Jennifer GenterRyan & Lori GiacoloneThomas & Patricia GiftosGold Wing Road Riders AssociationGolf Against Childhood CancerBill GontermanGraef Family FoundationGrant Thornton LLPRenee GrimmJeffrey HauswirthHelen L. Kay Charitable TrustRobert & Brenda HensleyJeff & Anne HeynCharles & Kathleen HooverHuntington BankImpact 100 Oakland CountyITC Holdings Corp.Jenoptik Automotive Golf OutingJW’s Annual Charity Golf OutingPeter KarmanosKaizen Dojo Golf OutingKeller WilliamsKennedy Industries, Inc.KeyBankSteven & Shelley KirchnerRobert & Megan LagrouLee Industrial ContractorsDave & Sandra LewAllenMad Dog TechnologyMB Equipment FinanceMeadowbrook Country ClubMeritorMichigan Chinese Women AssociationMichigan Trucking AssociationCandice MihalichForrest MilzowDominic & Anna MoceriMoceri Management Co.Nextep SystemsOakland Community CollegeOakland County EmployeesOakland HillsOakland UniversityOthers FirstOur Dancing Light ShowParty With a Purpose, Inc.Peardon Team Golf OutingPenn StationPhilip A. Incarnati FoundationPhilip and Elizabeth Filmer Charitable TrustTed PlafchanPlante MoranPlastipak Holdings, Inc.Michael & Courtney PlotzkePolaris Greystone Financial GroupChristopher & Dina PoliPrudential FinancialPsi Upsilon FraternityPurvis & Foster Inc.Ray Wiegand’s Pumpkin WalkReliance OneRichard and Jane Manoogian FoundationRobert and Caroline Schwartz FoundationRobert Ritchie FoundationRock the RainbowRockin’ the Shores LLCSam’s Club #4781Dawson SchillerKevin & Wendy SchniedersDaniel & Deborah SchreiberScreamin’ Scott Scramble Golf OutingScripps Howard FoundationSecure-24Seyburn Kahn, P.C.SHA Retirement GroupMickey Shapiro Charitable TrustShelton Buick GMCSterling Heights Firefighter’s Charities - Local 1557Stout Risius RossStraightline Group LLCThe Gathering Place North, LLCThe Gazi FoundationThe John Drypen FoundationTrott FoundationThomas & Kris VermeulenJanet VernierWalmartWalnut Creek Country ClubJohn & Sue WelkerJeff & Jeannie WelkerWells FargoWillis Towers WatsonWishes Can Come TrueWolverine Law DogsXpert TechnologiesWilliam & Vivenne YoungMike & Ellen Zerafa
From Our Executive Director“The back of any man can be broken. Any single life can begone in the blinking of an eye. But when a noble idea is joinedby the belief and faith of thousands, then that idea is elevated,like a prayer, to a place where it cannot be harmed.”– Henri Landwirth, Founder of Give Kids the WorldI have been witnessing this for the past two years. The RainbowConnection is stronger with each person and company that joinsour cause. This was ever so true in 2018. Those that continue tostand by us represent a unity of hope for our wish families thatcannot be shattered. Every act of kindness, every service andevery dollar donated sets off its own series of unforeseen ripples.As you read through this report, be aware of how manypeople are impacted by reaching out to help a sick child.Parents, doctors, social workers, hospital volunteers, individualsfundraising and corporations donating, not to mention the TRCBoard members and staff all play a huge part. Multiply this bythe friends and relatives of the child, school classmates andteachers, and you quickly get a picture of how much this worldcares. The progression of lives touched goes far beyond ourcomprehension.With your help, TRC stands at the ready to help these Kids bymaking their Wishes come true and inspiring Hope for the future!THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORTGeorge J. MillerExecutive DirectorWe Wear Our Hearts On Our SleevesWith the generous supportof Eastern Oil and OaklandCommunity College (OCC),our wish families andvolunteers got new RainbowConnection t-shirts this year!Their donation covered theentire cost of providing theseshirts to our wish families andvolunteers for 18 months!As our wish families andvolunteers proudly wear theseshirts, they continue to helpraise awareness of our missionand all of the ways we helpour families. Thank you, MikeSkuratovich from EasternOil and Chancellor PeterProvenzano at OCC, for yourcommitment to helping makedreams come true!Boardof DirectorsPresidentRyan GiacoloneGrant ThorntonVice PresidentRebecca NeumanClarkston State BankTreasurer & 2nd Vice PresidentDan FlynnCity Wide of MichiganSecretaryDave AndersonSHA Retirement GroupPast PresidentDavid LewAllenWXYZ TVMeritorious DirectorJanet Dobson VernierFounderL. Brooks PattersonOakland County ExecutiveMembersLarry AlexanderDetroit Metro Convention & Visitors BureauGreg AndersonBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, retiredMichael CollischanEnvisicore, LLCRoland Chu, MDChildren’s Hospital of MichiganD’Ann CrawfordHeart of the Home InteriorsHoward GoldmanHonigman LLPJeff HauswirthHauswirth GroupFred HoffmanHoffman Consulting, LLCKathi HuntIroquois Industries, Inc.John JacksonPepsi Bottling GroupDominic J. MoceriMoceri CompaniesSteve NeiheiselPlante MoranJulie Nicholson52-3 District Court JudgeKevin SchniedersEDSIRuss SheltonShelton Buick GMCSue Welker
621 W. UniversityRochester, MI 48307rainbowconnection.orgThe Rainbow Connection StaffExecutive DirectorGeorge MillerGranted 145 Wishesto Michigan childrenProvided fun-ﬁlledactivities to862 TRC FamiliesResponded to44 wish family requestsfor emergency supportAwarded 17TRC children withcollege scholarshipsWish DirectorIngrid TodtMarketing & Major Events DirectorMegan PhelpsOperations DirectorKelly CollinsCommunity Events DirectorBrenda MooreWish CoordinatorNancy SchickWish Coordinator & Community Events CoordinatorKristen McKelveyGrants & Volunteer CoordinatorKaren JohnsonOperations CoordinatorRebecca MartinesMarketing & Major Events CoordinatorJessica PrucknicProgram AccountantRay Lagrou
Mark Wahlberg! Liam’s smile says it all! MEET KAI! In 2018, we introduced our new mascot, Kai. Wish children were asked to name the stuffed lion, who symbolizes courage. After the names were put to a social media vote, Kai came out the winner. Kai has several meanings, including warrior, recovery and victory making him a perfect companion for