Van Allsburgs Express Their Love for Hospice of Michigan

Van Allsburgs Express Their Love for Hospice of Michigan

The Suburban Collection recently served as a primary presenter of the Jumanji Film Premier Fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Pediatric Hospice Program. The event was held at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, on Wednesday, December 11th and featured the new Chris Van Allsburg movie, “Jumani: The Next Level.”

Donations raised during the evening will help to support the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Program for Children which provides services for families facing hard times, including through the Compass Support Program, Perinatal Hospice Care and The Center for Pediatric Research and Education. These initiatives support children and their families with curative treatments, social workers and a range of additional community resources. 

World-renowned children’s author and Michigan native Chris Van Allsburg, perhaps best known for the classic book and film, “The Polar Express,” once again partnered with Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan to make the event possible.  Chris and his wife Lisa have supported pediatric hospice care through charity screening events for the film versions of Chris’ classic children’s books for over a decade. That legacy continued with the statewide film screening of the 3rd installment in his Jumanji series.

A heartfelt thank you to the Van Allsburgs and to the dedicated healthcare practitioners at Hospice of Michigan. Their collaborative efforts continue to make a difference in countless lives throughout our state.

 

Suburban Sleigh Kids Kicking Cancer

Suburban Sleigh Kids Kicking Cancer

On Monday, December 9th, The Suburban Collection hosted its second year of “The Suburban Sleigh” program. Through this holiday initiative, “elves” from our organization donated a complete (and portable) miniature recording studio to the non-profit organization Kids Kicking Cancer.

Based in Southfield, Michigan, Kids Kicking Cancer has assisted over 7,000 children across eight countries, using the power of breathing techniques and therapeutic martial arts forms. This helps the children calm themselves and feel empowered to overcome the pain and anxiety that comes with being a pediatric patient. To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit their website here.

Kids Kicking Cancer’s supports children fighting serious diseases such as cancer, sickle cell anemia and those awaiting organ transplants. Because many children can feel isolated as they cope with their illness, 

the organization also supports worldwide connectedness to help kids feel a sense of normal and to be victors, not victims of their illness. 

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, founder and international director of Kids Kicking Cancer, said that with the new audio and video capabilities being provided by The Suburban Collection, the children will now have an even greater opportunity to “breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.” 

Kids Kicking Cancer will use the equipment to enhance the organization’s national and international video communications capabilities between students including offering program access to children in locations where chapters do not yet exist.  The facilities will also make it possible for in-home program participants who are unable to attend classes to learn breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques remotely. 

Nothing is more important than our children. They remain a priority for The Suburban Collection. We know you will join us in applauding Kids Kicking Cancer and all of the young heroes they assist. 

 

Junior Achievement Volunteer Day

Junior Achievement Volunteer Day

On Wednesday, November 20th, members of The Suburban Collection, with partner Ally Financial, supported  Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in a day of financial literacy at the JA Finance Park in Detroit, which The Suburban Collection helped open in 2017 . The day consisted of activities like setting a budget, planning shopping lists and paying “bills.” Students in the Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan have been learning about financial institutions, careers, taxes, budgeting, credit, and more, and this hands-on “simulation event”  provides them with a real-life learning opportunity.

 

The students were assigned a persona and given a tablet, which linked to a program they utilized for the simulation experience. The persona included career, salary, family situation, and any debt and/or savings information. The students then use  this information to create a monthly budget and plan for bills, childcare, etc. 

 

Volunteers from The Suburban Collection served as group facilitators and student mentors as students participated in the days events. The students began by  calculating their net monthly income and a discussion around the personas the students were given, including about their income, education, credit score and existing debt. They then allocated that savings to three saving funds: retirement, emergency funds, and other savings. 

 

The students then moved into the research and budgeting portion of the day, visiting each business to “unlock” it on their tablet. They then discussed, with the volunteers and other students, the information about each business. Students then created their revised monthly budget, at which point they were required to allocate 100% of their household monthly net income.

 

Shopping was the next phase of their day. Since the students already set their budgets, here  they learned whether they were accurate in their budgeting. While they were allowed to spend more money in one category than previously budgeted, they could not  spend more than their total income or dip into their savings.

 

How did students “pay” for their goods? Each student was issued a debit card. In addition, some bills were automatically deducted from their “bank accounts.” The day concluded with a  debriefing session. Students then received a final report on their tablets that detailed their life scenarios and decisions. 

 

Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan is the youth arm of economic development in the region. It teaches young people the business of life: financial literacy, workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.  Junior Achievement of Southeast MichiganFinance Park provides not only the simulation but also gives students a rare, hands-on opportunity to put what they are learning into action. Investing in today’s youth is paramount and something we at The Suburban Collection feel passionate about. They are the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow.

Troy Police Trunk-or-Treat

Troy Police Trunk-or-Treat

Pick out your Halloween costumes and prepare to join The Suburban Collection and the Troy Police Department on Tuesday, October 29th for a pre-Halloween night of fun. For the third straight year, The Troy Police Department is throwing their annual Trunk-or-Treat event, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. There, kids will have the opportunity for free fun and treats in a safe and family-friendly environment, with candy distributed from seasonally-decorated police, fire, and EMS vehicles. 

Last year’s festivities attracted nearly 3,500 attendees and this year the event is projected to be just as popular and special. The first 2,500 children in attendance will receive free, reusable safety lights, and, city officials will be putting forth a variety of safety displays throughout the night, offering informative and entertaining safety lesson for all. 

The Suburban Collection is proud to once again join in on the fun as an official event sponsor. Please look for us at our tent where we will be handing out special holiday fare to kids and parents alike.

To learn more about the event, please visit https://troymi.gov!

On Track to End Hunger

On Track to End Hunger

On Saturday, August 24th, Forgotten Harvest will be hosting their first ever On Track to End Hunger fundraiser at the M1 Concourse and The Suburban Collection is proud to serve as a Gold Sponsor for the event. Presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, On Track to End Hunger will raise money to support the individuals of metropolitan Detroit who live daily with scarce food resources. 

Forgotten Harvest has been a long-time champion in providing food to those who need it most, while simultaneously reducing waste. By partnering with local Detroit grocery stores, markets, restaurants and caterers, Forgotten Harvest is able to retrieve unused or perishable food that would normally be thrown out and deliver it to emergency food providers. The organization recently expanded, debuting Forgotten Harvest Farms to supplement their donations with freshly grown crops.

The On Track event will feature entertainment and a silent auction and select attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the M1 Concourse like never before including a thrill ride around the track. 

To learn more about On Track to End Hunger and Forgotten Harvest, please visit ForgottenHarvest.org.

The Swing for Safe Teen Driving Tournament

The Swing for Safe Teen Driving Tournament

As an advocate of safe teen driving, The Suburban Collection was proud to offer two prize vehicles as the Hole-in-One Sponsor at this year’s Swing for Safe Teen Driving Golf Tournament, hosted by the Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) Foundation.

Founded by Doug Herbert, an NHRA drag racing star, the foundation provides training and education to teenagers and their parents about the importance of safe driving.

After losing his two sons in a fatal highway collision, Herbert was moved to teach young men and women life-saving driving exercises, such as panic braking, car control/skid recovery, and crash avoidance, among others. To date, over 35,000 teenagers have attended the B.R.A.K.E.S. program.

All proceeds from the tournament went to the B.R.A.K.E.S Foundation. As a non-profit 501 (c)3 charity, teenagers and parents who are interested in attending the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School can enjoy the training free of charge. As such, events like Swing for Safe Teen Driving Golf Tournament allow the foundation to cover the costs necessary to educate teenagers all over the country.

For more information on B.R.A.K.E.S. and their current event schedule, or to request a visit to your community, visit PutOnTheBrakes.org.

Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan 39th Automotive Golf Classic

Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan 39th Automotive Golf Classic

Celebrating those who guide and mentor our next generation has always been important to our organization. On Monday, May 29, 2019, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan are hosting their 39th annual Automotive Golf Classic. To date, the event has raised almost $10 million.

This year, the classic will be held at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion. The event attracts a number of the country’s best and brightest leading automotive industry executives, all supporting a wonderful organization whose work is of vital importance to our community.

The Suburban Collection has the pleasure of participating in this year’s event  as the Hole-in-One Sponsor. At designated holes, we have provided two vehicles lucky golfers could aim at winning.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan serves over 15,000 youth annually. A large portion of their funding comes from events such as the Automotive Golf Classic. The organization provides Michigan’s children with the tools they need to become agents for change within their communities through education and empowerment.

We salute them and all of their dedicated efforts.

An Update on Focus on the Road

An Update on Focus on the Road

I am pleased to congratulate the following first place winners of The Suburban Collection’s Focus on the Road Contest:

Penelope Rampazzo of Athens High School

Sydni Rotenberg and Michael Soverinsky of North Farmington High School

Dylan Hoey of Ferndale High School

Shanmukh Ghandikota, Pranav Kancherla, Ali Hasan Shahab, and Faraz Ahmed of Novi High School

Ahmaun Berry and Olivia Franklin of Waterford Kettering High School

Hudson Khuu of Skyline High School

The Suburban Collection is dedicated to promoting safe driving. For the second straight year, we partnered with local school districts to spread awareness of the growing epidemic of distracted driving through our Focus on the Road initiative. Students at each district were asked to create a 30-second PSA that warned of the dangers of driving while distracted (especially with regard to texting) with winning videos garnering scholarship dollars.

Once again this year, student creativity and concern for safety were paramount. Their videos ranged from dramatic to humorous, with one first prize winner even creating a memorable jingle. Most importantly, all of the students who participated demonstrated the importance of using their communication skills to promote positive change and important causes with their peers and within their school and community.

Congratulations again to these talented students and their supportive schools.

Eton Academy’s Gala and Auction: Unmasking the Art of Education

Eton Academy’s Gala and Auction: Unmasking the Art of Education

In the United States, 34% of children have specific learning disabilities. Children are increasingly receiving special education services catered to their needs, but many schools are having difficulty providing the level of support these children need. That’s where schools such as Eton Academy in Birmingham, Michigan come into play.

Founded in 1980 by Gary W. Pedersen, Eton provides individualized education to students with learning disabilities, ensuring that they are getting the support and school experience they deserve. The Suburban Collection’s continuous commitment to education in our community led us to support Eton Academy’s 2019 Gala and Auction: Unmasking the Art of Learning.

Focused on children in grades one through twelve, Eton continuously evaluates its students’ needs to alter and adapt the curriculum to promote growth and learning. The Academy also knows that learning important life skills is just as important as learning from a textbook, which is why they ensure that kids are given the tools to thrive in and out of the classroom. That includes providing opportunities to participate in sports, as well as music and art programs.

Through the years, the work of the academy and its teachers has benefited our youth while receiving notable recognition – generating the support of numerous institutions and organizations and while earning accreditations from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Independent School Association of the Central States.

Eton Academy helps to build children’s confidence and self-image surrounding their ability to learn and thrive.  The Suburban Collection is proud to support Eton and its students – our future.

The Suburban Collection’s Focus on the Road Contest

The Suburban Collection’s Focus on the Road Contest

The National Safety Council estimates that nearly 1.6 million automotive crashes every year are a direct result of distracted drivers using cell phones. Closer to home, in 2017, Michigan State Police estimated that 20,115 accidents occurring in our state were caused by distracted driving. 1,756 of those accidents were caused by individuals aged 16-24, which, coincidentally, happens to be the age group with the highest rates of cell phone use.

These staggering statistics have moved The Suburban Collective, Michigan’s largest auto dealer group, to once again partner with area high schools, to educate our young adults about the dangers of distracted driving-to provide these students with the opportunity to use their creative talents to spread awareness about an epidemic that could affect them and their peers.

If you have a high school student at Ann Arbor, Farmington/Farmington Hills, Waterford, Ferndale, Troy, or Novi, urge them to take out their cell phone, gather their friends, and participate for the chance to make a change. Participating students are tasked to create 30-second videos aimed at educating their friends and classmates about the dangers of distracted driving with a chance to also win prizes for their
efforts.

More information on our “Focus on the Road” project can be found online at: The Suburban Collection. Deadline for entry is February 28. We hope everyone will participate, make a difference and, most importantly of all, Focus on the Road.