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This #GivingTuesday we're raising money for Drew Poet Foundation (via Facebook) and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. On December 3rd, Facebook will match a total of $7 million in donations first come, first served. Thank you for your support. We've already surpassed our early goal for donations, thank you to everyone who has already participated!

 

The link to our Facebook page and the Fundraiser is here: https://www.facebook.com/drewpoetfoundation/

 

 

Updated: Oct 25

This fall has seen the most fundraisers so far for the Drew Poet Foundation. Thanks to the many friends and partners in Michigan we have spread Drew's message even further! We want to thank everyone who made it to our events these past few weeks. A brief recap of our fall events (so far) is below.

 

 

 

 

 

South Lyon Pumpkinfest

 

On Friday, September 27th, the South Lyon Pumpkinfest kicked off a week of fundraisers in southeastern Michigan. Family and friends volunteered to help host a non-profit tent to raise awareness of Ewing’s sarcoma and the Foundation’s goals. It was a huge success thanks to

Katherine, Craig and Cindy Poet and their amazing group of volunteers who came together to set up a booth, host an activity to draw in the crowd and share Drew’s story to help spread the word. So many people said they were not aware of Ewing’s sarcoma and asked for more

information; that’s amazing! Awareness + Research (dollars) = can lead to a Cure! Thank you South Lyon!

 

 

Compari's Dine to Donate Series

 

On September 29th in Plymouth, Michigan, the Foundation was supported as part of the Dine to Donate series hosted by Compari’s, Fiamma Grille, and The Sardine Room. The Dine to Donate Series is a monthly dinner dedicated to supporting different charitable organizations by donating 15% of all food purchases.

 

A huge thank you goes out to Sheri Hull, a Foundation founding board member for organizing this event with Julia Hill of the Compari’s family of restaurants.

 

 

Salem Rocks Volleyball Charity Night

 

On October 1st in Canton, Michigan, the Salem Rocks Volleyball teams organized and hosted hugely successful Charity Night. During all three Freshman, JV, and Varsity games the Rocks held a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, had a silent auction, sold t-shirts, and held a lottery all while raising awareness for Ewing’s sarcoma in honor of Drew and his Foundation.

 

An enormous thank you goes out to Ava and Chrissy Billimoria, Julie Walkley, and the entire Salem Rocks Volleyball organization for all the hard work to put on such a huge event! It was an amazing sea of banners and posters and the event was packed with former classmates, teammates, friends and family.

 

 

 

Thank you to all of the friends and volunteers that have continued to support Drew's cause. Your hard work has really made an impact over this past summer and fall, and we wish you all the best for the upcoming holiday season. We are looking forward to our next event: The 1st Annual Drew Poet Foundation Charity Golf Tournament in Lakewood, CA, on October 25th. Click here for more information, and we'll see you there!

As the summer comes to a close, the Drew Poet Foundation would like to thank all of our members and volunteers that have helped us get off the ground so quickly. We have been overwhelmed by all of your support and generosity.

 

 

 

 

First, we'd like to recognize Sam Gordon, younger brother of one of Drew's CC classmates Louis Gordon. Sam worked hard raising money to benefit the foundation with his lemonade stand and bake sale. Many thanks to Sam and his family for helping to spread Drew's message and support our mission!

 

 

 

On July 29th in Plymouth, Michigan, Community Financial Credit Union honored the Foundation with a substantial donation as a part of their Summer of Sharing event. A huge thank you to Kristen Todd of CFCU and to George Marco for submitting Drew’s story! $1,000 was awarded to the Foundation!

 

 

 

 

On September 7th in Plymouth, Michigan, on the field of the Plymouth-Canton Steelers stadium at Central Middle School, the football organization Drew played for over 7 years retired his #34 jersey during an emotional ceremony near the 50-yard line. Drew’s former teammates and coaches lined up in support. The grandstand was packed and it was apparent to all how much Drew was loved and will be missed. A flag bearing #34 and the words “No Quit” was hoisted behind the field’s north end zone, just under the American Flag. We know Drew would have been incredibly honored to see the amount of support by his former teammates, coaches, and the Plymouth community.

 

 

 

 

Thank you the entire Plymouth-Canton Steelers Organization, especially Ted Barker, with the invaluable assistance of Julie Walkley for making this event so very special. The Steelers continue to support Drew’s Foundation by raising funds at every home game throughout this season and we could not be more grateful.

 

Many thanks to all who helped make our first summer season a success. Drew's mission of spreading awareness is off to an incredible start in such a short period of time. In addition to the few events above, we have heard from so many of you who are willing to volunteer your time and efforts, and there are many more events in the works. We are looking forward to our next fundraisers in Michigan this fall, and hope to see many of you there!