Assembling Invitations -The Rainbow Connection Office Feb 25th

Join us Thursday, February 25 to help assemble our Dream Makers Ball invitation at The Rainbow Connection Office.

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First Shift 10:00am-12:00pm Second Shift: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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From wish to scholarship

Adam at GKTW

Adam at GKTW youngerAdam was diagnosed with a lifelong blood disorder when he was an infant. He was referred to The Rainbow Connection when he was nine years old and went on his magical trip to Disney World that same year.  Now at 22, he is an intern at Controller Technologies Corporation and will graduate in April from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.

Adam is a recipient of The Rainbow Connection Scholarship and we are so proud of all he has overcome and accomplished!

Adam says “for the last 15 years Rainbow Connection has been teaching me how to be a great person. Their charity has demonstrated to me that helping others is the greatest feeling in the world. My trip to Florida showed me that there is so much more to life than my illness.”

Easter Bunny at the Village March 19th

Volunteers needed at The Village of Rochester Hills Easter Bunny Event

Saturday, March 19th   9:00 am-1:30 pm

The Village of Rochester Hills 104 N Adams Rochester Mi 48309

Volunteers will help with a variety of activities

including a petting zoo, egg hunt and information table

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Rochester Rotary Charities announces $5,000 donation to The Rainbow Connection



Rochester Rotary Charities announces $5,000 donation to The Rainbow Connection

Continuing support of local charities will help make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses

Rochester-Rochester Hills, MI

By SUSAN DAVIS (Open Post) –  January 28, 2016 10:51 am ET

Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, is pleased to announce its continuing support of local charities through a $5,000 donation to Rochester-based The Rainbow Connection. The mission of The Rainbow Connection is to help make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses.

Rochester Rotary Charities President Cary Riggs made the donation at the weekly Tuesday Rotary lunch meeting on Jan. 26. to Mary Grace McCarter, executive director at The Rainbow Connection and also a member of Rochester Rotary. McCarter accepted the check with Wish Child Jillian and Jillian’s mom Phyllis in attendance. Jillian is nine years old and lives in Rochester. Diagnosed with cancer in April of 2014, she bravely endured many months of painful medical treatments while battling her illness. Jillian “rang the bell” at Children’s Hospital in September 2015, signifying she is in remission.

“Now that Jillian’s doctor has given the thumbs up on her health, all of us at The Rainbow Connection are on high alert to make Jillian’s dream to meet her all-time favorite pop musical artist Katy Perry come true,” McCarter said. “The continuing support of Rochester Rotary Charities helps us to make wishes for children like Jillian and thousands of others throughout Michigan become reality and we are grateful for their generosity.”

Riggs added that The Rainbow Connection is highly deserving of Rotary support.

“Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator, has awarded The Rainbow Connection its highest four star rating award for four consecutive years,” Riggs said. “Rochester Rotary Charities is privileged to be able to support an organization that not only meets the needs of ill children and their families, but is also an excellent steward of the charitable monies they receive.”

About The Rainbow Connection

From a magical trip to Disney World to meeting the President of the United States at The White House, Rochester-based The Rainbow Connection has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. The Rainbow Connection has never turned a child away and depends on the generosity of the Michigan community to make dreams come true for these brave children. The Rainbow Connection also addresses the special needs of its wish families. The Special Response Program assists families with financial difficulties such as rent, utilities and even funeral expenses brought on by having a child with a catastrophic illness. The Wish Enhancement Program provides fun times for children and their families through summer picnics, a holiday party and tickets to attend area theater, concert and sporting events. The Rainbow Connection Scholarship Program offers $1,000 scholarships each year for Wish Children going on to college. Learn more here.

About Rochester Rotary

Celebrating 61 years as a club in 2015, Rochester Rotary is one of 34,000 member clubs of Rotary International, which has more than 1.2 million members and raises and disburses funds for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Monies are raised through social events and service projects organized by the club, ‘fines’ collected at Rochester Rotary meetings and gifts offered to the club through members and supporters.

The club welcomes new members who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township. For membership information, contact Jeff Whitbey Rochester Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon at the River Crest Banquet Hall on Avon Road and Livernois in Rochester Hills. Like us on Facebook at and learn more at

About Rotary International

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who hail from Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Learn more at

Photo 1: Mary Grace McCarter with Rochester Rotary Charities President Cary Riggs and Rochester Rotary President Alan McLellan. Photo credit: Tom Neveau




January 2016

Media Contact: Andrea Walker-Leidy


Fight the Beast at Third Annual Bowling Fundraiser

Support Local Teens Fight Against Cancer on January 29


(CHESTERFIELD, MI–)(January 2016) The community is invited to help Chesterfield teen, Josh Oleksiak, continue his battle with cancer at the Third Annual Fight the Beast Bowling Fundraiser. The former Rainbow Connection Wish Ambassador hosts the benefit fundraiser on Jan. 29 at Premier Lanes in Chesterfield.

“The Rainbow Connection has helped me in my time of need and now it’s time to help give back to a child who needs a smile just like I did,” said Oleksiak. “Fight the Beast is a great way to have a fun night out, give back to Rainbow Connection and also raise awareness for Melanoma.”

Tickets are $25 per bowler and include three games, pizza, beverage and an event t-shirt. There is a $5 donation at the door for non-bowlers who want to participate in the event.

Fight the Beast will feature live music by The Gobies and DJ by Sam Micciche, 50/50 raffles, a silent auction and much more.

Funds raised at the Fight the Beast Bowling Fundraiser will help make dreams come true for a Michigan child with life threatening illnesses and also be used to offset medical costs as Oleksiak continues to battle Melanoma.

“We hope to raise enough to sponsor one wish at Rainbow Connection,” said Oleksiak. “That is a $5,000 sponsorship so we really need the community to come out and participate.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 586-306-2375. Lane sponsorships are also available for $50 and a great way for businesses to get involved. Doors open for the Fight the Beast Fundraiser at 7pm with bowling beginning at 8pm. Premier Lanes is located at 33151 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield, MI.

When Josh, 17, was diagnosed with Melanoma, his family was referred to The Rainbow Connection and Josh shared his dream to customize his car.  The Rainbow Connection was there and ready to make that dream come true.  Josh’s bravery in the face of his struggle is a shining example of the amazing children The Rainbow Connection has the honor of working with each day. To donate to Josh online, visit

The Rainbow Connection, the Michigan charity making dreams come true for Michigan children stricken with life threatening also provides support services to the family. From a magical trip to Disney World to biking down volcanoes in Hawaii to meeting the President of the United States, The Rainbow Connection has made dreams come true for more than 3000 children and anticipates making dreams come true for more than 150 children in 2015. For more information about The Rainbow Connection, visit