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Oakland County’s Casual Day fund disbursed to 17 area charities

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The Casual Day collections or the year have now been distributed according to Oakland County. In a ceremony at the Executive Office Building in Waterford yesterday county executive L. Brooks Patterson gave out $34,000 to 17 southeast Michigan organizations from Detroit to Clarkston.

The funds were in addition to $5,000 that was distributed earlier in the year according to Patterson. Five organizations shared those funds.

"Our county employees are generous and love to support deserving organizations," Patterson said. "Casual Day is one of many ways our employees give back throughout the year."

Patterson started the Casual Day program when he took office 21 years ago in answer to requests for some sort of casual Friday, which was popular at the time. Patterson approved a program where employees could dress in jeans or other casual attire provided they donated at least $1 to the Casual Day fund.

To date more than a half million dollars have been collected and distributed in the program according to Patterson.

The program will continue well into the future if Patterson has his way.

“I still wake up every morning excited by my job,” Patterson told an audience at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills last week. “As long as I feel that way I will keep on going.”

He was being honored by Rochester Hills’ mayor Brian for his outstanding service to the community.

Casual Day recipients for 2013 as announced are:

• American Diabetes Association - Bingham Farms

• Baldwin Center – Pontiac

• Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CARE House) – Pontiac

• D-MAN Foundation - Rochester Hills

• Donate Life Coalition of Michigan - Ann Arbor

• Give-A-Christmas Year Around – Royal Oak

• Grace Centers of Hope – Pontiac

• HAVEN – Bingham Farms

• Helping Hearts Helping Hands – Clarkston

• Kids Kicking Cancer – Detroit

• McLaren Children’s Clinic – Pontiac

• Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society – Pontiac

• Oakland Parks Foundation – Waterford

• Oxford/Orion FISH - Orion Township

• Rainbow Connection – Rochester

• St. Josaphat Church – Detroit

• Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery – Southfield

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