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30th Jack Demmer Golf Outing 6-15-22 pictures

30th Jack Demmer Golf Outing 6-15-22 pictures

For the 30th year, the Canton Community Foundation hosted its annual golf outing.  And once again this year we partnered with the Canton Police to provide funding to the Canton Police Benevolence Fund.  

This fund supports not only the families of fallen and injured officers, but it also provides scholarships to local students and provides aid to local families struggling with basic human needs.  

By supporting the Annual Jack Demmer Ford Golf Outing, you support our community!

Thank you to  Chief Sponsors Jack Demmer Ford and the Denski Family, to the Staff and Board of Canton Community Foundation, the golfers and event sponsors for it a great success.  

Thanks Kari Klavon for taking these beautiful pictures!

Please enjoy the shots and see you all next year!!

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners!

We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships. Our program includes financial aid opportunities for students of all ages who are at different stages in their educational pursuits, as well as a number of different areas of study. 

Our online scholarship application opens in early January and remains open until mid-March.  Scholarships recipients are notified in May; and funds are sent directly to schools for the fall semester.
We are pleased to announce the winners of 2021 Scholarships.

A description of each scholarship offered through the Canton Community Foundation can be read here


Canton Community Foundation Scholarship for 2022
Scholarship Winner
Barbara Church Rodenberg Scholarship

Julia Burgess

Barbara Ann Romano

Kyle Bolyard

Canton Soccer Club

Katherine Ruffner

  Megan Wu
  Ohm Patel
  Lauren Sourbeck
Fred Thomann Memorial Scholarship

Ella Walden

Elizabeth Durack Scholarship Ericka Tucci
  Dawn Isby
Dustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship

Reagan Moran

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - U/M

Jayden Joy

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - EMU

Carol Detary

 Meredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship

 Amelia Troung

 Jack Demmer Ford Scholarship

 Hailey Deptula

 Jack Demmer Ford - "Trade"

 Dawn Isby

 CCF/Penelope Hope Klei

 Katherine Ruffner

 Heather Nicole Hill Memorial Scholarship  Celeste Anderson
   Shannon Churchwell
   Amteshwar Kaur
 R K Bhama MD Memorial Scholarship

 Delaney Morrin

 Bonnie Berg Memorail Scholarship

 Deborah Abodunrin

 Hagbard Berg Memorial Scholarship

 Abigail Dipple

John Kelly Wheately Scholarship 

 Lily Bird

 Robert Loyd Memorial Scholarship  Donald Liveoak

 Lisa Luecke

 Livonia Firefighters Scholarship  Erica Molnar
  Alejandro Ordaz
 Eve Grigg Memorial Scholarship  Madelyn Laskowski
   Coleton Taylor
 Marjorie & Doanld Treadwell Scholarship  Daniel Heiman
Linda Hutchinson Scholarship  Jayanthi Sree Anila


Patricia Maurer created this scholarship fund in memory of her son, Jason Russell Maurer. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and those who just completed their freshman year of college and who attend Woodside Bible Church - Troy Campus. This scholarship requires that the applicant attend Woodside Bible Church regularly and have documented community service. Scholarships may be awarded to those attending any college, university or trade school.

The list of awardees is below

Jason Russell Maurer Memorial Scholarship Margaret Curd
  Annie Fisher
  Caleb Flosky
  Kyler Gerrard
  Gabrielle Jones
  Alex Kirschmann
  Lauren Kolodsick
  Josh Kubik
  Olivia Kubik
  Caitlin Luca
  Hailey Nichols
  Gracelyn Philip
  Chloe Putnam
  Emma Sawdon
  Andrew Schmidt
  Alison Schoonover
  Olivia Seventko
  Autumn Simon
  Gideon Smith
  Mason Solecki
  Miranda Solecki
  Joel Stirnemann
  Luke Sumner
  Taylor Trenta
  Sophia Walker
  Olivia Weaver
  Allison Wei
  Nancy Xu


Lunch & Learn Series

Lunch & Learn Series

Local Impact Alliance Announces New “Lunch and Learn” Series

Monthly series will highlight community leaders in an informal, “brown bag” setting

In partnership with the Canton Community Foundation, the Local Impact Alliance (LIA) is proud to announce its’ “2022 Lunch and Learn Series.”  The goal of this series is to foster community discussion on issues of importance to Canton, Plymouth, Westland, and Van Buren. 

“Our area is full of talented people doing interesting things.  We wanted to showcase those people and give our residents a chance to learn and get engaged," said moderator David Hammond, Vice Chairman of the Canton Community Foundation.

Each session will begin at 11:30 am and will be hosted in the 1st floor boardroom of the Canton Township Administration Building, 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48188.  


Brenda 1May 18th – “Growing Native Plants for Our Caterpillars, Butterflies and Moths"

Brenda Dziedzic is on a mission to strengthen native butterfly populations.  Dziedzic is an award-winning Master Gardener, author, and expert on raising butterflies. She is the author of Raising Butterflies in the Garden, co-founder and president of the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA), and founder of Westland's “Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat," a public greenhouse that houses butterflies native to Michigan and their host plants. Follow her efforts on Facebook at: Learn About Butterflies in the Garden. Dziedzic's talk will focus on what individuals can do to encourage butterfly populations in their own yards.  Copies of her book available for purchase.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT


 brookeJune 1st Bridging the Student and Employers Gap Through 'Future Fit' – Brooke Franklin

Brooke Franklin is the Founder and President of Adaptive Creative Solutions, Inc. Previously, she served as the Business Development Recruiter, Director of the Detroit Board Fellowship Program, and Director of K-12 Strategic Partnerships for the Detroit Regional Chamber for over nine years. In addition, Brooke served as the Director of Workforce and Talent for the Canton Chamber of Commerce.  

Please stay tuned to Local Impact Alliance to get more details on speakers and dates of registration.

Created to strengthen and promote organized philanthropy in the Western Wayne County (MI) communities of Plymouth, Westland, Canton, and Van Buren, the Local Impact Alliance (LIA) is a partnership of three community foundations and several local community programs.  Founding members of the LIA include the Canton Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Plymouth, the Westland Community Foundation, Giving Hope and Eagles for Children.

Have a suggestion for a future “Lunch and Learn” speaker? Call or email David Hammond at 734-862-1928 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future Fit

Future Fit



Today’s workforce has dramatically changed, leaving employers to rapidly adjust to “creative” processes for attracting the right people to their business.

In order to compete, businesses must consider innovative programs that help them construct a talent pipeline of high-quality employees.

The Canton Chamber and the Local Impact Alliance have teamed up to launch FUTURE FIT.

This cutting-edge program prepares students (grades 10-12) to enter the workforce by directly connecting them to employers.



  1. Consult with Future Fit Director to determine your workforce challenges and expectations.
  2. Work with Future Fit Director to design a realworld experience that provides student exposure to your operations.
  3. Interview Future Fit Scholars to determine best fit for your business.
  4. Train, develop and manage your Future Fit Scholar and provide a meaningful opportunity to fill your talent needs. Work to maximize the opportunity for them to become a full-time employee.


To engage in the Future Fit program, contact the Canton Chamber at 734-453-4040 or email Brooke Franklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



One of the best feelings in the world is giving. The positive energy is contagious.
With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving, too.
Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings; it’s what makes life meaningful.
Please GIVE generously on #GivingTuesday2021
Give the Gift of Comfort and Joy!


11-30-21 is Giving Tuesday

11-30-21 is Giving Tuesday

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community.

Whether it is donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community.

On #Giving Tuesday charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Chili Cook Off for Canton Cares Fund

Chili Cook Off for Canton Cares Fund

October is National Chili Month.
When the weather cools down and the campfire gets going, there’s no better comfort food than chili to warm your soul and make it a perfect night. Every October, when autumn starts to chill our bones, break out the bread bowls and warm up with National Chili Month.

What better way to celebrate then to make it a fundraiser for our community.

This Fundraiser will support the Canton Cares Fund at Canton Community Foundation, which supports Canton community by providing financial assistance for disaster relief, therapeutic recreation, youth and senior programs.

Scan the bar code to purchase your tickets.

12th Annual Veterans Summit in partnership with Legal Help for Veterans held at Village Arts Factory

12th Annual Veterans Summit in partnership with Legal Help for Veterans held at Village Arts Factory

Canton Community Foundation successfully completed the 12th Annual Veterans Summit in Partnership with Legal Help for Veterans at Village Arts Factory.

This year's event was a question-and-answer session with local veterans experts. Topics included 

  • Medical claims
  • Disability benefits
  • PTSD claims
  • Hearing loss
  • Appeals
  • Burial benefits
  • and more!


It was a free event. Thank you to the board of Partnership for Arts and Humanities and Canton Chamber of Commerce for the support and help. The event was livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook.

The beautiful setting of Cut Short Memorial made the event perfect.

Remembering and Honoring Meredith Whalen on 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Remembering and Honoring Meredith Whalen on 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Meredith Lynn Whalen, 23, was originally from Canton. A graduate of Salem High School in Plymouth-Canton schools and U-M, she became a research assistant for Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of the north tower.
Whalen grew up in Canton, Mich., where she developed a love of horses and riding. Her ultimate dream was to own a horse farm in Kentucky, though her short-term goal was to become a portfolio manager.
Whalen competed on the cross-country and swimming teams at Plymouth-Salem High School. After graduating with honors, she attended the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor, graduating in 2000 with a degree in business.
Whalen got a taste of the investment field by working at Goldman Sachs in London during the summer before her senior year. But she wanted to work for a smaller firm where she thought she would receive more personalized training.
She was recruited to work in New York by David Alger, a co-owner of Fred Alger Management. He was among 35 employees of the firm who died in the terrorist attack.
Meredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship Fund at Canton Community Foundation was started by her family.
This scholarship was created in memory of Meredith Whalen. This scholarship is available to all female students graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District who plan to attend any college or university majoring in business.
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