Farmington Hills charity’s golf outings help kids with cancer

Two local golf outings recently raised nearly $170,000 to benefit Farmington Hills-based Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF).

Funds will support the mission of CLF, which is to provide and promote compassionate, personalized support to people in Michigan affected by leukemia and other blood related disorders.

Grays Reef Golf Classic
The Miller family, pictured with Grays Reef golfers. (Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan)

More than 130 golfers participated in the annual Gray’s Reef Golf Classic, held June 18 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Orion Township. The event, launched in 2006, raised more than $100,000. CLF ambassador, Ember Miller, age 5, who has acute lymphocytic leukemia, attended the event. Since enrolling with CLF in February 2016, Ember and her family have received holiday toys, as well as travel and prescription reimbursements.

Basic Rubber Golf Outing
The Lovelace family (Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan)

Basic Rubber & Plastics Company in Walled Lake hosted its 25th golf outing benefitting CLF on June 18, with nearly 100 golfers at the Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township raising more than $66,000. Fifteen-year-old Mychaela Lovelace participated in the outing as a CLF ambassador. She enrolled with CLF in May 2008, soon after her diagnosis of aplastic anemia. Mychaela and her family have received grants, travel reimbursement and holiday toys because of their involvement with CLF.

“We are so grateful for the support from the local business community and to the volunteers who make these events happen,” Heidi Grix, CLF president and CEO said in a press release. “The funds raised during these annual events will have a significant impact on the lives of Michigan adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other blood-related disorders.”

The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan hosts several annual events, including the annual WALK event at the Detroit Zoo, the CRUSH wine and food event in Grand Rapids; and Love, Laughter & Lunch; a fundraising luncheon supported and sponsored by the local business community.