Cultivating Dreams. Enhancing Lives.
Music and the arts are critical were critical to Bill Pawelak: as a creative outlet, for educational benefits, and a place to form his closest friendships. Following Bill's passing, this group of life-long friends created this memorial fund to assist students in the PCEP Marching Band so that finances don’t get in the way of somebody missing out on this wonderful, life-changing experience.
The charitable purpose of the Fund are mental health, youth enrichment and education, military veterans and jobs for veterans, women-focused criminal justice and legal services, baseball for youth, individuals and families, as well as supporting Detroit Zoo.
Jim and Linda Demmer and their family are very committed to serving Canton and surrounding communities in many ways. Through the Jim and Linda Demmer Fund, they are able to allocate grant dollars to various nonprofit orgnizations each year. This fund has supported many impactful local organizations over the years, including Open Door Ministry, Startfish Family Services, Kelly's Kidz, Partnership for the Arts and Humanities and more.
Marie Breach was a long-time employee of the Plymouth Canton Community Schools' Starkweather Academy. Ms. Breach was passionate about helping the students at Starkweather. Upon her passing, her children established the Marie Breach Education Fund to keep her passion working with grants that will assist programming at Starkweather.
Valerie Elliott created the Howard A. and Clayton E. Charitable Fund in memory of her family members. Ms. Elliott has a variety of interests, both locally and nationally.
Members of the Eastern Michigan Camaro Club formed their club with an interest in Camaros. The members also realized that they have similar interests in philanthropy. They created their fund to support local charities. Their recent interests have surrounded veterans' organizations with grants to The Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund and Stiggy's Dogs.
The Lauria-Sneideman family created their fund to provide financial assistance to local children attending summer day camp. Families must fill out an application to apply for the assistance. A limited number of children will be chosen based on financial need.
The Rozum Family Fund was created to provide grants to charitable organizations and activites that provide a camp or similar activity for children ages 3-16 that have a life-threatening illness or physical disability. The goal of the Rozums is to provide access for children with special needs to be with others that have similar challenges and have fun in a safe environment.
The Ahmed Family created this fund in memory of their beloved husband/father/grandfather to support the types of projects he valued: helping those who are vulnerable, and building a strong and healthy community. He left India with his wife in 1965, spent time in England and Canada, and eventually settled here in Canton in 1979. He raised 3 kids in Canton who all benefitted greatly from the schools, and started a small chemical company supplying paints to local auto shops. He coached for the Canton Soccer Club, and was one of the original members of the Canton mosque (MCWS), which he attended daily. After retiring, he always made an effort to visit other seniors, encouraging them to stay active and involved with the local community. His friends and family affectionately called him "Baba". He was a regular visitor to Canton Summit, where he swam and socialized with others. After his passing in 2018, the Ahmed family established the Mohamed "Baba" Ahmed Fund to contiue his passion of helping those who need a hand, and to encourage people to be active and engaged in the community. The first grant from this fund was used to create a beautiful garden patio area outside Club 55 at the Canton Summit. Subsequent grants have been made to support swim lessons for at-risk children, holiday gift bags for homebound seniors, stock local food pantries and much more. The Ahmed family welcomes proposals and suggestions to provide grants for any other projects in and around Canton that meets the broad vision of Baba: Help those in need, and build stonger, healthier community! We look forward to hearing from you!