Lighthouse of Oakland County Post-event Information

Northpointe Foot & Ankle Organizes Sock & Shoe Drive for Lighthouse

Photos/Sock Drive 002.jpgShopping for back to school clothing has begun.  Unfortunately, there are many children in our community that will not have new shoes – or even shoes that are well-fitting.  Northpointe Foot & Ankle asked several area organizations and local residents to help Lighthouse of Oakland County start children off on the “right foot” by donating new shoes and socks.  Northpointe contributed over 50 pair of shoes to the drive.  

Each child who came received a pair of shoes, two pair of socks and breakfast items ...... and they all left with a smile.

Lighthouse Volunteer Coordinator, Tricia Pulis, seen above was one of the staff members who helped kids pick out their shoes and made sure they fit properly.

In addition to the drive, Dr. Jeffrey Frederick of Northpointe performed free PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) testing at the Southfield Parks and Recreation building on August 16. 

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The shoes and socks were handed out to area kids August 25 at the Lighthouse Campus of Caring building in Pontiac. 

Lighthouse staff and volunteers were on hand and ready to help each child with fitting and selecting their shoes.

A young boy, pictured left, tries on a new pair of tennis shoes.

This was the first year Lighthouse of Oakland County was involved in a community sock and shoe distribution.    

Photos/Sock Drive 003.jpgDr. Jeffrey Frederick of Northpointe Foot & Ankle looks on as kids pick out their new shoes with the help of Charlotte Jones, Lighthouse Community Outreach Manager.

Lighthouse extends many thanks to the following clinics and drop-off sites that participated in the sock and shoe drive:

American Diabetes Association, Bingham Farms
Drayton Clinic, Waterford

Northpointe Foot & Ankle, Berkley

Northwest Podiatry, West Bloomfield

Oakland Regional Hospital, Southfield

Red Wing Shoe Stores, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Novi

Royal Oak Medical Center, Royal Oak

Salon 59, Waterford

Southfield Civic Center, Parks & Rec., Southfield                                                       

Thank you to everyone who donated socks and shoes to the drive and for the volunteers who came to help.  It was a great success.

Lighthouse Recognizes two PATH Board Members at Annual Salute America Event

Each year, Lighthouse recognizes local volunteers for outstanding contributions not only to its agency but to the community as well. Salute America is the annual fundraiser for Lighthouse PATH.

Vicki Vlasic and Patty Ghesquiere have been named the Salute America honorees for 2010 by Lighthouse of Oakland County as part of its PATH program.  It is only appropriate that the two women have been named as honorees together. They both donated their time and energy to the Junior League of Birmingham 20 years ago and the League was an early supporter of PATH. Both Vlasic and Ghesquiere are being recognized for their tireless commitment to Lighthouse PATH, including their inclusion on the PATH Board of Trustees.  

Photos/Vicki Vlasic 001.jpgVlasic grew up in a small town in Virginia but was raised by parents who believed in the importance of community service, “They were great role models and really ingrained in my mind how important it is to serve your community,” Vlasic said.   Lighthouse PATH does more for women and children in the area to help them turn their lives around than any other organization, Vlasic said.

“I think that when you look at some of the situations these families come from, you have to remember that it could always be you who could be in this situation,” Vlasic said. “What’s special about PATH is it doesn’t just help people in times of extreme need but it helps them with education and setting new and safe directions. PATH helps these mothers improve their lives and those of their children.

Vicki Vlasic has served as a Lighthouse PATH Board member.  She was instrumental in the creation of some of our most successful fundraisers including Magic and Mayhem, and Rowdy Round up.  Like Fellow honoree, as a member of the Junior League of Birmingham, Vicki worked tirelessly helping to launch Lighthouse PATH. She was active in creating PATH’s strategic direction while formulating ways to support the women and children who benefit from this program.

Vicki has been on the PATH Board for three years and the Fundraising Committee for eight years.


Photos/Patty.jpgGhesquiere works with PATH because it is an organization where the results of volunteer and staff efforts are easily recognizable. The women whose lives are forever positively impacted by PATH are particularly effusive in their praise of the organization.

“It’s great to be able to empower these strong women and help to instill in them a sense of self-sufficiency,” Ghesquiere said. “They really gain a sense of confidence as they go through the program.”

Vlasic also has continued to work with Lighthouse because the organization is economically responsible. She takes pride in being part of an organization that so much for the community while ensuring the majority of money raised goes to the people who need it.  “The other big component is that PATH really helps these children get off to a better educational start. They make sure that education is a very important part of their lives now and in the future.”

Much of the credit of PATH though goes to the women themselves who are achieve success in their personal and professional lives because it is something they want, Ghesquiere said. PATH does require women to go through a rigorous program but those who go through it often achieve life skills that translate to all areas of their lives.

“All these women and their families need are a little help along the way,” Ghesquiere said. “It’s great to be able to help people who really want and long for that help.”

The Oakland County resident first became introduced to PATH when she joined the Junior League of Birmingham more than 20 years ago. Patty has been an active participant, donor and volunteer in many of PATH’s events and fundraisers over the years. She continues to work with PATH because it is clear that such efforts are making a major difference in improving the lives of women and their children who need some assistance to help achieve self sufficiency. She has also been impressed that PATH seeks to help those women who most want and desire a better life for their families.

Patty has been on the PATH Board and Fundraising Committee for eight years.

Hunger Walk 2010 Supports the Lighthouse Emergency Services Pantry

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Early morning rain didn’t stop hundreds of folks, and dogs, from joining in our 28th annual Hunger Walk.  Lighthouse CEO, John Ziraldo, led the walkers through the streets of Pontiac passing through Unity Park, which features newly built homes and the Beacon Square Townhouses, all made possible through partnerships with Lighthouse Community Development.  The walk continued pass the Lighthouse PATH transitional housing facility and PATH Teen Center and finished back at the Lighthouse Campus of Caring building. 

The Hunger Walk Afterglow Party included live music, games, prizes and plenty of food.  A talented artist provided remarkable face painting for the kids, which was a huge hit!   It was a great day for a very important cause.

The Hunger Walk is the biggest fundraising event for Lighthouse Emergency Services.  Proceeds from the walk help purchase food for the pantry, which serves 800+ families per month.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors, donors, walkers and volunteers who helped in making this year’s Hunger Walk a huge success.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Open Your Heart 2010

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As promised, the 7th Annual Open Your Heart to Lighthouse event offered the same vigor as years past.  Hosts Jim and Audrey Tanner, pictured left with their daughter, Andrea, graciously opened their home to the community of Clarkston.

Proceeds from the Open Your Heart event support Lighthouse Emergency Services Clarkston.

Thanks to the Tanners, committee members, and volunteers for putting on a fabulous party for a great cause.  And thanks to everyone who attended or donated to the event.  Your support is greatly appreciated. 

Lighthouse Volunteers Honored for Service and Commitment at Annual Celebration

Traveon Ramey knows that in the near future he will be heading off to college. But the Pontiac High School student will likely continue to be involved as a volunteer with Lighthouse of Oakland County whenever he comes back home.

Ramey is one of four area volunteers and two community organizations honored by Lighthouse at its Annual Celebration held April 20 at Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac. He is joined by West Bloomfield resident Anne Harnden, Bloomfield Hills resident Teri Fenner, and Priscilla Perkins of Troy.

Also recognized at the annual Volunteer Luncheon is Retail Grocery Inventory Services, LLC (RGIS), the recipient of the Lighthouse of Oakland County Keenan Award; and CareerDress, recipient of the Lighthouse Emergency Services Beacon Award.

Photos/Traveon Ramey.JPGRamey came to Lighthouse through Michigan Works’ Plus Program. He is the recipient of the Lighthouse Community Development Beacon Award, and has helped clients for more than two years find ways to stay in their homes despite the threat of foreclosure. Ramey has also completed community outreach and financial education classes.

He will graduate this June and hopes to attend either Eastern Michigan University or Wayne State University and is planning to pursue a career in law or education.  “I’ve been working at Lighthouse this long because I get to help people who are going through financial hardships,” Ramey said.  “I’ve been able to get an inside look at how a non-profit organization is run. “It’s a real family environment and I have always been treated like an adult here.  “The most important factor when helping a Lighthouse client cope is listening,” Ramey said. “Most of the time clients just want somebody to talk to, to vent, and somebody that understands their situation.” 

Photos/Teri Fenner.JPGFenner is the recipient of the Lighthouse PATH Beacon Award. Teri has volunteered at the Lighthouse PATH Montessori School, the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Food Drive and sat on the Birmingham Community House Outreach Committee. She currently sits on the Lighthouse PATH Board of Directors.

Photos/Priscilla Perkins.JPGPerkins is also the recipient of the Lighthouse PATH Beacon Award. Priscilla has been active in numerous charitable organizations for many years, and currently serves on the Lighthouse PATH and The Community House Board of Directors. Perkins is a past president of the Junior League of Birmingham, Michigan, Inc.

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CareerDress has been a part of Lighthouse of Oakland County Emergency Services since May 2002. The program is geared toward helping low income women prepare for the workforce. Clients work with a personal shopper to pick out an outfit for a job interview. When they secure employment they may return to CareerDress for two additional outfits. The program is run entirely by volunteers. All of the items in the CareerDress Boutique are donated.  Since its inception CareerDress has dressed over 2,000 women.

Photos/Anne Harnden.JPGHarnden is the recipient of the Clarkston Lighthouse Emergency Services Beacon Award. Anne has been a volunteer with Lighthouse of Oakland County since 1986 and helps to answer phones, interview clients, pack food boxes and work as a receptionist in Lighthouse’s Clarkston office.

Photos/RGIS LLC.JPGRGIS has partnered with Lighthouse of Oakland County at its annual golf outing and all proceeds from the event are given to Lighthouse. Lighthouse has also been the recipient of funds donated by RGIS employees at their annual Holiday Lunch, at which time RGIS has generously matched the employee donation. The organization has also conducted food drives and this past winter they donated sweaters and jackets for families in need.


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