1st Annual Charity Golf Outing

Two volunteers standing next to a BBQ grill

DRIVE hosted our First Annual Charity Golf Outing on August 10th 2020 at Greystone Golf Course in Washington Township MI. During this event DRIVE was able to raise over $10,000 for our local kids! Given that we were limited on the amount of golfers/attendees that we were allowed to host due to COVID 19, we have considered this first year to be an absolutely incredible success! All funds raised during this event will directly support the feeding of underprivileged children in Macomb County Elementary Schools for the 2020/2021 School Year.

To accomplish this, DRIVE has partnered with a local program called Blessings in a Backpack MI. Through this partnership, DRIVE has adopted a local school. This means that any child who is currently enrolled in the school’s “free & reduced lunch program” will be eligible to take home “backpacks” of free meals EVERY weekend for the entire school year! This is extremely important as most of these children are only being fed while at school and have limited access to food while at home. 

1st Annual Christmas Cheer Event

DRIVE partnered with the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST), which provides homeless and displaced individuals the opportunity for successful transition to independence.

DRIVE set out to help families currently enrolled in the MCREST program have a more festive holiday season this year. DRIVE provided families with a fun evening with food and activities for kids, including games, photos with Santa, a candy buffet and rounds of gifts. DRIVE also included additional local families in their 2019 “Christmas Cheer” event who reached out to the foundation directly for help via the DRIVE Facebook page . These families were welcomed with a warm meal, photos with Santa, a Santa given gift, and took home packages of “wish list” items for their children to receive on Christmas morning.

Fundraiser for Wyatt Plewinski

Photo of the Plewinski family.

In September 2019, Jessica and her two children Hailey, 13, and Wyatt, 8, found a 5-year-old German Shepherd dog. After a successful trip to the vet they began fostering him. Shortly before Christmas Jessica received word they would be able to adopt the dog.

On January 7, Wyatt and Hailey were enjoying some time at home relaxing and playing video games when Wyatt was attacked by the dog. His sister Hailey tried everything in her power to protect him. Jessica rushed Wyatt to McLaren Port Huron Hospital. He was later moved to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit to receive the remainder of his care.

During his time at the hospital, Wyatt underwent two surgeries resulting in hundreds of stiches to repair the back of his head and neck, as well as nerve damage to the right side of his face. Doctors informed Jessica the healing of Wyatt’s nerves is extremely important, as this will allow his face to have movement in the future.

Baseball games at Jimmy Johns Field

Photo of donation check being accepted

In partnership with United Shore Professional Baseball League and BJ’s Wholesale Club, DRIVE was able to donate 1,000 tickets to two separate baseball games at Jimmy Johns Field. On August 18th, 500 tickets were given to families within the Friends of Foster Program. On August 25, 2019, 500 tickets were given to families within the MISD Special Education Program. DRIVE was also awarded a $5,000 donation check from BJ’s Charitable Foundation on the August 25th game. 

Charity salsa night fundraiser in Utica, Michigan

Two of the women attending the salsa night standing with an R&E DRIVE volunteer.

Over 30 people came out on September 22, 2019 for some food, friends, fun and SALSA lessons (!) at Danny J’s Brick Tavern in Utica. Thanks to everyone who supported DRIVE with this fun event by signing up, donating or volunteering!

Costa Family Fundraiser event

On August 15, 2019, the DRIVE Foundation held a family-focused event to help raise much needed funds to support Anne Costa and her three children. Event included a pasta dinner, kids activities, raffles, prizes and bake sale. All proceeds went directly to the Costa family.

DRIVE event raises money for Westland family

DRIVE event crew

DRIVE held the “No Fear, All Cheer!” fundraiser on May 31, 2019, at Danny J’s Brick Tavern in Downtown Utica to help support a special little girl named Lola. The event was attended by over 220 people, and included private donations (matched by DRIVE), raffles, letters to Lola, and more. The DRIVE Foundation and Danny J’s were proud sponsors of the event.

The successful fundraiser will help Lola’s family cover some of their mounting medical and family expenses while her parents are caring for her.

DRIVE has officially launched!

After many months of research and planning, DRIVE was revealed to R&E Automated founder and sole proprietor—Dan Jaraczewski—in recognition of a milestone birthday, at a party on March 23.

The inaugural event raised an impressive $8,000.
Jaraczewski started R&E Automated in 1999 and as a result of his personal drive to help those in need has been involved in various community projects over the years as a business owner and a civic leader.