Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Dead at 80

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson died at 5:30 a.m. today at his Independence Township home surrounded by family and friends after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. "It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of our friend and county executive, L. Brooks Patterson," Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald D. Poisson said. "He was a once-in-a-generation leader whose vision inspired all of us to be part of the best county government in America." Poisson … [Read more...]

Larry Alexander Joins Rainbow Connection Board of Directors

Rainbow Connection is pleased to announce that Larry Alexander has recently joined the Board of Directors for the Michigan wish granting organization. Alexander is President and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) and a 30-year veteran of the hospitality and tourism industry. He helped lead efforts that resulted in Detroit landing some of the world’s most coveted sporting events, including the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star game, and NCAA Final Four. A native of … [Read more...]

Retiring Oakland County Director to Lead The Rainbow Connection

Oakland County Health and Human Services Director George Miller will retire from the county after 40 years of service in order to become the executive director of The Rainbow Connection, an organization founded by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to grant wishes to seriously ill children. “George is known at the county for his exceptional leadership and ability to bring community partners together, which is why he is a natural to be the next executive director of The Rainbow Connection,” … [Read more...]

Kick of the Holiday Season at the Celebration of Dreams with The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection hosts its Wish Child Fashion Show & Gifts Galore Silent Auction to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. The holidays are a magical time for families around the world. Here in Michigan, The Rainbow Connection celebrates the magic with the annual Celebration of Dreams fundraiser for children battling life threatening illnesses on Sunday, November 20 at the San Marino Club in Troy. Featuring a Wish Child Fashion Show, … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Woman’s Club Gives Back to Ten Charitable Organizations

Over the past month, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club (RJWC) was proud to present more than $4000.00 in donations to 10 charitable organizations. Each April, RJWC reviews requests submitted by local organizations requesting assistance. This year the following organization where chosen to receive donations: The Ashley McCormick Flu Foundation and Ashley’s Bridge, Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, Career Dress, Faith Works Michigan, Meadow Brook Hall, New Day Foundation for … [Read more...]

Rainbow Connection’s Dream Makers’ Ball An Astounding Success

Rainbow Connection's Dream Makers' Ball An Astounding Success Making Dreams Come True For Michigan Children with Life Threatening Illnesses Guests of the second annual Rainbow Connection Dream Makers' Ball enjoyed an enchanting evening at Birmingham’s beautiful Townsend Hotel on April 30. The event was lead by the talent of MC Jasen Magic and promised to be filled with entertainment and surprise for all in attendance. Mystically decorated as a gift by Emerald Design, the room was filled to … [Read more...]

The Rainbow Connection Annual Dream Makers’ Ball

Make Dreams Come True for Michigan Children with Life Threatening Illnesses on April 30 Save the date for The Rainbow Connection’s second annual Dream Makers’ Ball on April 30 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Co-chairs L. Brooks Patterson, Jeffrey Taub M.D. and Rod Alberts join Wish Ambassador 5-year-old Aidyn at an enchanting black tie gala benefiting the charity’s mission to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. The event features live … [Read more...]

The Rainbow Connection Grants its 3000th Wish

Four-Year-Old Abigail Is the 3000th Wish Child at The Rainbow Connection Since its humble beginning in 1982, The Rainbow Connection has been making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. The Rainbow Connection, a 4-Star Charity Navigator organization, recently celebrated granting its 3000th wish. Founded by Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, in honor of Ron Dobson and his two children who were killed tragically in a plane crash, The Rainbow … [Read more...]

The Rainbow Connection receives a Donation from Rochester Rotary

Rochester Rotary Charities announces donation to The Rainbow Connection 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 … [Read more...]

19 Charities Receive Oakland Casual Day Funds

Oakland County employees donated a total of over $50,000 to support local charities in 2015 through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony today in the lobby of the Executive Office Building. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions may donate $1 to wear jeans or dress casually. Patterson presented 19 organizations which serve the community with checks totaling $31,500 during the special ceremony. County … [Read more...]