Charity Partners

DRAW  Who: We are an ever-expanding organization that is dedicated to providing relief to communities around the U.S. that have been hit by natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. We do this by having an army of volunteers who collect supplies, dedicate time, and raise awareness. We’ve responded to storms such as Superstorm Sandy, the EF-5 tornadoes outside of Oklahoma City, and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX. None of what we do is possible without your help, so if you are asking who we are, then, in short, we are you.

What: After storms destroyed more than 3000 homes in the Little Rock, AR, DRAW arrived 24 hours later with needed supplies for families who had been displaced. After floods ravaged through the city of Boulder, CO when they got 12 inches of rainfall in less than 24 hours, DRAW’s cargo van was unloading cleaning and bathroom buckets to shelters around the city. When Jean Lafitte, LA was completely under water after being hit by Hurricane Isaac, DRAW’s first response team was there to assist the city in distributing supplies, patching damage roofs, and supplying tarps for residents. What we do is meet needs of survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Why: There’s no other time in the human experience when someone goes from everyday life to rock bottom in an instant than after a natural disaster. These people did not bring the heartache upon themselves. They are victims…just don’t tell them that. No one we’ve met that has been hit by a natural disaster sees him/herself as a victim; they all see themselves as survivors. We are inspired by their perseverance, and if we can provide one item or service that can help them take one step back toward normalcy, we are honored to be a part of that process. 

Click Here  to learn more about DRAW’s mission and how you can help!

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

At St. Jude no family ever receives a bill- for treatment, travel, housing or food- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is changing the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened more than 50 years ago to more than 80 percent today, and they won’t stop until no  child dies from cancer.

St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because they have the world’s best survival rates for some of the toughest childhood cancers. The research discoveries made at St. Jude are freely shared so doctors and scientists everywhere can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

St. Jude treats children from all 50 states and around the world, including Michigan. We’re excited to be able to offer the participants of the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon, 10k & 5k the opportunity to make their race more meaningful by becoming a St. Jude Hero so you can help save kids like Jordyn. For more details and to register as a St. Jude Hero, please click here


Jen Phyle Scholarship:

Jen (Mahler) Phyle was a vibrant, energetic, and inspirational woman, who had the ability to make anyone that met her feel like family. Her captivating smile and fervor for life was a driving force, which could be seen through her interactions with friends, community members and her family. Jen (Mahler) Phyle was raised in the Clarkston Community, and in her 46 years on this earth, she touched many lives and created a legacy that will continue with her three amazing sons, Nick, Justin and Ryan, and her loving husband John.

As a Clarkston High School graduate, Jen impacted her school and was highly involved in athletics. Her contributions as a student-athlete, community member, and a parent in the Clarkston Schools, helped her to establish relationships and develop a rapport with the numerous people she met. Jen made all of those whom she encountered feel loved and her smile brought a light that couldn’t be denied. To honor Jen’s legacy and the love that she gave to the Clarkston Community, we created the Jen Phyle Scholarship. The Jen Phyle Scholarship, which was established, by Clarkston High School in coordination with the Clarkston Foundation, is to honor Jen’s passion for life and her legacy, and will be given to a Clarkston High School senior who embodies a spirit that is uniquely them. Jen looked for the light in others and encouraged all of those she met to live their light. In turn, the scholarship will be given to a senior who embodies Jen’s legacy and the passion to follow their own light.

Click here to make a direct donation to the scholarship fund. To run with Team Jen, please email Amy at: