I am reaching out to you because you have seen my development over the past 22 years and I have to give one organization the credit for making me who I am today. I have been volunteering at The Friendship Circle since I was matched 22 years ago with two brothers with autism whose father you might know; Ron Hodess from Miller Canfield.
22 years ago I was 6 and I was paired with 2 boys, Jay was 6 and Andy was 4 years old, brothers, both born with Autism. I went to school with both boys from the 2nd grade through High School. We get together almost every week to this day. From going to swimming, hiking, going out to eat, facetiming, boating, to going on vacations together around the country, they are my brothers and in turn their father became my mentor in business and helped me start Tech Johnny.
But Friendship Circle does so much more than just match volunteers with special kids. The Friendship Circle's newest creation, The Farber Soul Center, which is an art center for Special kids who are now adults to develop their art skills and sell their art to make a living. I hope you come to visit this art studio and take a tour. It also has a Starbucks Café and a restaurant that employs these Special Adults, training them with real life skills to earn an income.
In order to provide these programs year round to these Special Kids & Adults, each year The Friendship Circle raises funds from the local community. Four years ago I became a corporate sponsor of the walk. The annual fundraising event is called The Walk4Friendship. This year, the walk is this Sunday, September 7th but due to Covid-19 it will be done in small groups & virtually. The goal is to raise $600,000 from the community and it can only be accomplished with your support. If you would please visit my walk page and make a contribution I would greatly appreciate it!