DreamCatchers for Abused Children
DreamCatchers for Abused Children's mission is to educate the public on child abuse signs & symptoms, statistics, intervention, reporting, prevention & assist victims & survivors in locating the proper resources necessary to enable & achieve a full recovery.
Sister Souls Inc.
Sister Souls focuses on one project at a time. They are solely dedicated to selecting causes for children that need help locally and overseas. Founded by Kimberly Casper and Stacy Blaine Brackon in 2011, Sister Souls Inc. is based out of Lake Orion.
Mariam Center, St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church
St. Mary’s Church hosts all of their functions in the church activity center. Its members have soon out grown the current facility! In 2017 they will no longer have that problem. A new building is under construction designed for family and youth enrichment.
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #130
Hosting their Annual Golf Outing at the Links of Novi funds are raised to host a Zoo Trip and Santa Visitation for mentally and physically disabled children. The members of this lodge are law enforcement officers for over 30 different agencies from Southeastern Michigan.
Rockin For A Match
Creating awareness for cancer and blood disorders a bone marrow drive can help to save lives. People that were willing to donate blood came to see if they were a match for anyone needing a blood transfer.
Uaw Local 1005 Golf Tournament
Local 1005 retirees hosted their annual golf tournament at Mallard Creek. Lady Jane's became a hole sponsor and provided free haircuts for all of the golfers. Overages went to the Children's Christmas Party Fund to create a merrier holiday.
Visiting Angels - Senior Home Care by Angels
Helping to create awareness for Alzheimer’s, Lady Jane’s was proud to assist Visiting Angels with a donation. Visiting Angels was established as a nursing facility to provide care for senior citizens. Providing the best care possible to seniors and training for their staff is part of their philosophy. Proceeds from the event will assist with the Alzheimer’s Association search to find a cure for this horrible disease.
Detroit Lions Golf Invitational
Lady Jane’s has been the official haircutter of the Detroit Lions for 7 seasons now. "We don’t just support Coach Caldwell and the boys on the field, we support them in the community as well," says CEO Chad Johnson. Lady Jane’s is a proud annual sponsor of the Detroit Lions Invitational.
This event has raised over $6 million since its inception and benefits the Lions’ entirely new Living for the City philanthropic initiative. The program supports organizations that pursue integrated approaches to physical fitness, healthy eating, housing, land use and environmental planning. Plus, public transportation, community infrastructure and aligned workforce opportunities in the city.
Wicked Awesome Wishes grants seven-year-old Caiden a monster of an experience
It took more than five months to grant young Caiden Miller his Wicked Awesome Wish.
His story was brought to the foundation's attention in early August after he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Burkitt Lymphoma.
A behind-the-scenes Monster Jam experience was the goal, but plans halted when Caiden was unable to leave the house for the month of October due to chemotherapy treatments.
It turns out that waiting until January -- when Monster Jam would come to Ford Field – was the best thing that could have happened.
"Seeing him so excited is just a phenomenal feeling because he's not bedridden and going through chemo right now," said Crystal Miller, Caiden's mom.
"He's starting to feel better, his spirit is up and he's loving every moment of it. It's good to see him so happy."
Caiden was rushed into surgery hours following his diagnosis on July 29, 2014, and ultimately went through six chemotherapy treatments in the following months.
Now, after that uncertain time in which his health was in limbo, Caiden's prognosis is good.
For now, Caiden is riding high after he and his family and friends were treated to lunch and an up-close look at Monster Truck Max-D and driver Tom Meents.
Lady Jane's CEO Chad Johnson and President and COO Tim McCollum were on hand for Caiden's experience, and were humbled to meet the seven-year-old fighter. Read the full story
Breaking and Entering Kickoff:
A Celebration of Giving
CEO Chad Johnson, Mojo, keep granting Christmas wishes with Breaking & Entering
On Monday, December 8, CEO Chad Johnson and Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men hosted a party to both celebrate and raise funds for Channel 955 and Mojo in the Morning's Breaking and Entering.
"I've got to thank everybody that came out to the Christmas wish party that we had," said Mojo the following morning on Channel 955.
"It was great to see everybody come out in support and we had such a good time."
Though the evening's party was a way to celebrate the cause, the day began on a much more emotional tone.
Johnson and Mojo in the Morning producer, Rachel, spent the morning at Schweitzer Elementary School in Westland to provide a Christmas wish to Robin DeJack, a para-pro with the school.
"She is kind of like ‘the everything' at school," said Mojo of Robin, who has three children: Jack, 16, Brittany, 20 and Samantha, 23.
"She has been battling through cancer now for the last nine years and this morning we want to grant her a Christmas wish."
"She's just an inspiration to me and everybody that works in this building," she said.
Jennifer Largent – a third-grade teacher at the school – sent in the letter nominating Robin.
After hearing Jennifer's letter, an emotional Robin was led into a student-filled room and introduced to Johnson, who was also overtaken by the gravity of the situation.
"We heard that you wished you had laundry service because you can't even walk down the stairs and you've been taking all your laundry to the laundry mat," he said. "So I want to introduce Heather to you from Epic Cleaners."
Heather announced that Epic Cleaning Services was going to do laundry and clean Robin's house for a full year. They would also take care of painting the living room and replacing the front door – to tasks Robin needed done.
Robin was also presented with a 42-inch Plasma TV, Kroger gift cards, restaurant gift cards, gas cards to get her to and from chemo treatments and a check to help with medical bills and expenses. Read the full story
Wicked Awesome Wishes, Tahir Whitehead give 112 Thanksgiving meals to Detroit families
Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men's Wicked Awesome Wishes and Pro linebacker Tahir Whitehead collaborated with Mack Avenue Community Church to give 112 families Thanksgiving dinner and take part in a Detroit-area talent show featuring the area's youth.
The First Annual Thanksgiving Talent Show put on by Mack Avenue Community Church and MACC Development was judged by LJ CEO Chad Johnson, Whitehead and his teammates Joique Bell, Bill Bentley, Nate Ness and Julian Stanford and District 5 Congresswoman Mary Sheffield.
Following the show, the Thanksgiving meals — donated by Lady Jane's and Wicked Awesome Wishes — were given to those who had signed up to receive them.
The caveat was that all who signed up to receive a meal had to put in 1-2 hours of community service with one of MACC Development's partners leading up to the event.
"What we want to be able to do with Wicked Awesome Wishes or Lady Jane's is be able to support the athletes (and) be able to support what they're doing in the community," said Johnson to FOX-2′s Jennifer Hammond.
"Tonight was really about Tahir wanting (to give back to local) children."
LJ CEO Chad Johnson with MACC Development Executive Director Jonathan Demers while packing meals prior to the talent show. (Photo: Mack Ave Community Church)
Originally, the first part of the event — packing and delivering the meals — was to include Detroit student-athletes, but a family medical emergency resulted in them being unable to attend.
The result was fantastic teamwork and giving of time and energy by Johnson (who did a lot of heavy lifting wearing a suit), Whitehead's teammates Brandon Pettigrew and Sam Martin, and MACC's Leon Stevenson, Ginny Daugherty and Shayla Shuck. Full story
Lady Jane's, Wicked Awesome Wishes help single mom avoid eviction
Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn.
That is what happened to Verdina Spann. As a mother of two, Verdina was making good money at her job of two years when her company lost the campaign she had been working on.
She was laid off and found herself struggling financially after enjoying what she calls a "settled and comfortable" lifestyle.
"I was working at a bar part time, but I was living off tips," she said. "So that was basically keeping food in my house, keeping the lights on, that sort of thing. But as far as my car, childcare, rent — all those things — they weren't being covered and I am literally my children's only parent."
As good fortune would have it, Lady Jane's CEO Chad Johnson and Wicked Awesome Wishes were on the lookout to help a family in Verdina's exact situation.
(L-R) Director of Salon Operations Missy Skender, VP of Salon Operations Alicia Bunch, Verdina Spann and PR and Marketing Director Chrissie Wywrot.
Johnson and Wicked Awesome Wishes paid Verdina's outstanding rent bill just 24 hours before she was to be evicted.
Upon learning that her rent would be taken care of, Verdina says all she could do was cry. Full story
Lady Jane's and Mojo in the Morning donate $10,000 to Karmanos
Lady Jane's CEO Chad Johnson and Channel 955's Mojo of Mojo In The Morning came together Thursday to present a check for $10,000 to Karmanos Cancer Institute's breast cancer support programs.
The cause is important to both gentlemen, who each lost their mother to breast cancer.
"I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 14 years old," said Mojo.
"During the month of October, I'm always reminded that my mom lost her battle with this disease. It's still painful."
Johnson, who lost his mother seven years ago, has similar feelings.
"It breaks my heart daily to know that not only did I lose my mom; my kids no longer have their grandmother in their lives," he said.
The money given to Karmanos was part of Johnson and Mojo's combined Bras for a Cause initiative in which bras were dropped off at Lady Jane's locations to help raise awareness of breast cancer prevention and treatment.
Johnson agreed to match the donated items bra-for-dollar up to $10,000. Read the full story
Lady Jane's hosts breast cancer survivor at Lions game
Lady Fighting breast cancer is something close to Lady Jane’s CEO Chad Johnson’s heart.
Johnson lost his mother to breast cancer seven years ago, which has driven him to give back to those who have fought - or are fighting - cancer.
As part of that drive, Johnson invited Reneé Maat and her family — husband, Joel, and kids Scott, Magdalen, Jocelyn and Kaden — to the Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints game at Ford Field on October 19.
"I enjoyed the game, the atmosphere, the people," said Reneé, "but what gave me the most enjoyment was watching my children and the joy that they had being there.
"I cannot say thank you enough to Chad for choosing us!"
Johnson initially had his two front row tickets to give away to a survivor, but purchased four additional tickets for the kids when he heard that a family outing was long overdue.
"We had not been able to do much as a family because of Reneé's health and were not only surprised, but humbled and appreciative," said Joel.
The family drove from the Grand Rapids area to Ford Field early Sunday morning where Lady Jane’s treated them to brunch in the Hall of Legends. From there, they were invited to the Lady Jane’s suite to meet Johnson. Read the full story!
Chad Johnson helps Stephen Tulloch at Youth Football Camp
Stephen Tulloch and other Lions players preached the importance of education at the middle linebacker's second annual youth camp at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center on Saturday. About 200 children between ages 9 and 13 from Michigan, Ohio and Canada attended the free camp, and the boys and girls learned several fundamental football drills over the three-hour session. "In order to be a professional football player, you have to make good grades, correct?" Tulloch told the kids at the end of camp. "Never forget football is one aspect of life. Grades are more important."
Safety James Ihedigbo and second-year linebacker Brandon Hepburn joined Tulloch in leading drills during the camp, and both shared words of wisdom with the group. Second-year punter Sam Martin and tight end Joseph Fauria arrived at the end of the camp to sign autographs. Also volunteering his time was Chad Johnson, CEO of Lady Jane's. It is important for these kids to understand the importance of giving 100% on and off the field. Especially in the classroom," said Johnson. He also closed stated, "I always enjoy spending the day with Tully at his camps. He is all about the community and all about helping others. He inspires me!"
WAW Builds New Bedroom
for Leukemia Survivor!
After completing our Wicked Awesome Wishes Partnership with MOJO in the Morning the Wishes continued to come pouring in and we couldn’t just stop granting wishes because the holidays had come to an end!
Our Wicked Awesome Wishes Board got together and read through every single email, request, message and post of those asking us for help.
Monique sent us an email that stuck out and we had to help her put a smile on her son’s face! She wrote us about Anthony, her 17 year old son that has overcome obstacles and difficulties in life.
Anthony has suffered from Leukemia and after conquering that battle, he was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
He’s now in his senior year of high school and lost two of his grandparents, then their family lost everything to a house fire and to top it off, his best friend committed suicide leaving Anthony depressed and not feeling like himself.
Because of the fire, the family moved into another house and Anthony was sleeping on a small mattress in their unfinished basement.
Monique’s wish was for us to come in and help give Anthony a room so he would spend more time at home with their family instead of leaving to sleep at his friends’ house almost every night to have more accommodating sleeping arrangements. We HAD to help Monique and her son get the room of his dreams!
Thanks to the Lady Jane’s team that went in and painted and renovated the space, My Carpet Guys that donated the brand new carpet for the room and Fathead that helped us put the “Chicago Bulls” theme in place to put together a Wicked Awesome room for Anthony!
Donations to this great cause can be made by visiting here.
Lady Janes and Wicked Awesome Wishes are partnering with Mojo in the Morning from 95.5 FM in Detroit, to take part in some Breaking and Entering this holiday season.
No, that doesn’t mean they are going to be breaking any laws. It means Lady Janes will be joining Mojo in his yearly tradition--in which they secretly break into homes and make the holiday wishes of unfortunate families come true.
“This incredibly moving effort touched our hearts, and we want to be part of the giving,” stated Chad Johnson, CEO. “That’s why, for a limited time, we’ll be giving all of our customers a chance to share the wicked awesome.” Just come into a Lady Janes and purchase a holiday cutout. Your favorite stylist will put your name up on the wall and use your donation to make some spirits bright
through some good old-fashioned breaking and entering.
Johnson continued by saying, “Mojo approached us with this opportunity and it only took a few minutes for me to realize how important and special this cause was to Mojo, his wife and his on air team (Spike, Shannon and Rachel). What they have done is unreal and I immediately knew my company would be all in on this one.”
Leading up to the Holiday, Mojo in the Morning, Lady Janes and many local sponsors will come together to help some families who can’t even afford Christmas dinner. With your help these families will be given food, clothing, furniture and lots of Christmas cheer to make their Holiday Wicked Awesome!
Donations to this great cause can be made by visiting here.
Wicked Awesome Wishes,
Meet Justin, a twelve year old, brave, funny, nice and awesome kid that was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in October after complaining to his parents about having bad headaches. Justin and his family just got back from living at St. Jude Hospital in Tennessee last week, as Justin’s wish was to be home from Christmas.
He came to the Sunday evening, Lions vs Giants game with us with his father, Roy, and Justin had a smile that lit up the field! Coach Washburn gave him one of the game balls and then Tully came onto the field, and gave him his gloves! Justin was SO EXCITED!
The cool thing was, Justin was there to have good time but he brought us gifts! He brought Chad and his wife, Jenny, along with the Lions Players ” TEAM JUSTIN” bracelets for us to wear! They are gray, in honor of brain cancer.
Justin – we are rooting for you and praying for you. We wish you the best and we hope we helped make this Christmas a little bit better for you!! Merry Christmas Justin!!
Wicked Awesome Wishes,
Meet our friend Brendan! Him and his dad Paul were our guests for Monday Night Football and they had a blast! Brendan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was nine years old. Brendan was not responding to treatment despite many efforts were made to get his disease process under control. Nine weeks after his first surgery Brendan had surgery to reverse the Ileostomy. He recently developed a reaction to the medication he takes for Crohn’s disease and was hospitalized over Thanksgiving. While in the hospital he was given ultraviolet therapy and sustained first degree burns, and had to be readmitted into the hospital.
He was feeling well enough to come to the game with us and he did have a great time with chad, got to meet a special surprise guest, MOJO from Mojo in the Morning and of course our good friend Tulloch. Everyone at Lady Jane’s wishes Brandon and his family a healthy and happy holiday season!
Mojo's Breaking & Entering #4
Dear Mojo in the Morning:
This has been a very hard year for my family. My sister Amy is a loving, caring, mother who also put her children first. Her husband unexpectedly died of cancer 9 years ago, leaving her a single mother to care for their 2 children Annie age 13 and Nino age 11.
We never thought that cancer would take her too, over the summer she was diagnosed with kidney cancer and days later she went from having hopes and dreams of raising her children to being told the cancer was so aggressive and there was no hope to save her. There was a last stitch effort with experimental chemo and radiation to try to prolong what life she could have left with her children but it hasn’t worked. The doctors told her that the cancer was so aggressive that there was no way to further treat her because it has attacked all of her internal organs and they have given her only a few months left to live.
She is currently in in-home hospice and, sadly, this will be her last Christmas with her kids. The worst day of Amy’s life wasn’t when the doctors told HER that she had months to live but when she had to look into her children’s eyes and tell THEM the doctors could not do anything else to save her and her time with them would unfortunately be cut short.
This will be the last Christmas my sister has and the last Christmas my niece and nephew will have with their mom, they are going to be orphans due to cancer. Our other sister has agreed to take them in but she is in Georgia so once their mother is gone, they will also have to leave everything they have known and start a new life together without mom.
Thank you so much I know you will have a hard choice with so many needy families but Amy and the kids really do deserve a wonderful last Christmas together.
Mojo's Breaking & Entering #3
Chad, LJ and Mojo in the Morning are touched by 13 young ladies.
Dear Mojo in the Morning:
The 13 names listed in the application above are obviously not from one family, nor are any of them related, but nonetheless they are 13 wonderful and deserving young girls. I have the privilege of working with them every day in the fourth grade class of Detroit International Academy, an all-girls public school in the North end of Detroit. You may be thinking that I went through my roster and selected my 13 favorite students, but in fact I only have 13. Because of this, I have been able to get to know and build a relationship with each one, and the information I have gained has led me here, appealing to you. When I heard about Breaking and Entering Christmas on the radio, my students were the only people that popped into my head.
These 13 fourth graders come from a range of families and situations. Some students have both of their parents; some have none and the memory of their death. Some have loving family members who have extended a desire to be involved in their education, and some parents and guardians we have yet to meet. My mentor teacher and I believe at least one of them to be homeless.
We hear every day of their hardships- drunk driving accidents, malnourished pets dying, family abuse- which they boil down to just being part of their life. They all get meals through the school program which, I suspect for some, are the only meals they get all day. When they come to school, they are often distracted and tired, thus unfocused on school work. Breaking and Entering Christmas would by no means change any of these difficulties that they face, but it may just give them the positivity they need to keep working hard and that spark of joy that all children should undoubtedly have.
I know my request may be unorthodox, but I hope you will consider my 13 incredible students. While I cannot say with full certainty that all of them will be disappointed come Christmas morning, I can say that Breaking and Entering Christmas would mean more to them than a new doll or dress; it would mean that someone cares about them because they are important and valued, a lesson that, as a teacher, I am always trying to impart.
Please Mojo help my students! They deserve, just as much as any other 9 or 10 year olds, to experience love and happiness this holiday season.
Mojo's Breaking & Entering #2
Chad, LJ and the Mojo in The Morning team made this family’s Holiday one to remember.
The note below was sent from a friend to help this special family.
Dear Mojo in the Morning:
My ex-husband’s family is in dire need this holiday season. I know that it may take you by surprise that I want to help my ex husband but we have become very close and I see their everyday struggles and don’t know where else to turn.We didn’t always get along, and things were really rough for us. Up until about a year ago, we all barely spoke, and if we did, it was due to common courtesy. My ex-husband Lawrence’s girlfriend Nikki gave birth to their son Landyn in February 2013. When I first laid eyes on him, my life changed and everything that happened before then didn’t matter anymore.
He was born with Sickle-Cell and since he’s been born, he has been rushed to the hospital countless times, and, on one occasion, stayed a full 2 weeks. His parents and I didn’t take the news too well when the doctors said that he needed a blood transfusion. He is 7 months old and has been through so much in his short time being here.
Lawrence’s girlfriend, Nikindra is one of the sweetest, kindness human beings that I have ever met. When I wasn’t able to get my son back and forth to school, or to doctor appointments, she stepped in. And even with everything she’s going through now, she still remains humble and helpful to those who may need help.
Because of Landyn’s illness, she’s been missing a lot of work. And when she’s finally able to return to work, they suspend her for a few days without pay. Honestly, within the past 30 days, I think she’s been to work for a grand total of about 40 hours. She constantly battles with ‘staying by my child’s side while he’s in the hospital’ or ‘my job.’ And what most mothers would do, what I would do, what she does, is stay by her child’s side.
After 2 accidents totaled their cars, they now rely on me and others for transportation to and from work and the hospital. Nikindra constantly worries about the boys, all 3 of them, including my son.
She worries daily about putting food on the table and paying bills, Christmas seems impossible. I always tell her that everything will be fine, when in reality, I’m not sure it will be.
Please help this family have a stress-free holiday, as they had enough stress throughout the year. The parents are struggling financially, and I would love to see or hear nothing but joy from them! They truly deserve it!!!
Thank you so much!
LJ Grants Cooper
a Wicked Awesome Wish!!!
Thanksgiving Day Wish Granted!
Please meet our new friend, Raymond Cosley! Raymond is 52 years old and has been fighting cancer since 2008. He was in remission from 2011 until February of this year.
During minor surgery they discovered another mass and from there they determined that the Lymphoma had returned and chemotherapy would start again.
Raymond and his wife have four children, one of which, Raymond Jr, he brought to the game with us on Thanksgiving!
They are HUGE Lions fans and were pleasantly surprised by a visit from Detroit Lions Great, Herman Moore, while down on the field!
We wish Raymond and his family a happy holiday and he is in our thoughts and prayers to beat cancer!
Raymond and his family are Wicked Awesome, we wish them the BEST!
LJ Grants Cooper
a Wicked Awesome Wish!!!
Meet our buddy Cooper! Cooper is 15 and a Freshman football player in high school. He is of course a huge Lions fan! Cooper and his father Jeremy were selected to join us for the Tampa Bay vs Detroit Lions game. Cooper was one of three children that Jeremy and his wife Debbie adopted from the Michigan Foster Care system. In 2006 Cooper’s new sister,
Mackenzie was diagnosed with kidney cancer at age 4 and after a brave fight with cancer, lost her battle in 2008. Cooper has been an amazing big brother to his three little sisters and we were glad to give him and his father a Wicked Awesome day with us at the Lions Game. Happy Holidays to Cooper & his family!
LJ helps Nicholas enjoy some fun with his football family!
Nicholas Ureel was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2012 during his junior year at Chippewa Valley High School. For the past year he has undergone numerous operations, treatment plans and hospital stays. On Monday, November 11 2013, Nicholas' battle against cancer will continue as he begins yet another treatment plan. It has been a tough battle so far, and Nicholas has a very long road ahead. Nicholas, a Clinton Township resident, continues to stay on the sidelines during the Chippewa football games. His senior year is not turning out as he imagined at all, but he feels stronger knowing that his "football family" is behind him at all times. As a kind of "rally" before Nick begins fighting again on
Monday, Chad Johnson, Founder of Lady Janes Haircuts for Men & Wicked Awesome Wishes stepped up to give Nick an afternoon he'll never forget!!
Although the Detroit Lions were away playing Chicago, Chad coordinated a party at Happy's Pub in Bloomfield Hills (7170 Orchard Lake Rd) for Nick and his entire football family (over 75 people)! What a way to surround Nick with so many people that care so much about him! To top it off, the Lions came back home with a big Win!!
Nick and his family are in our thoughts and prayers as they embark on this difficult time.
A local organization is helping to make dreams come true in a big, bold way. And they are getting a little help from the Lions.
This is the third wicked awesome wish that's been granted this season. The first one went to a 9-year old with terminal cancer. Another went to a young boy who lost his mother to cancer and on Sunday a cancer survivor.
Tina Tersigni was diagnosed with breast cancer last March. She's now in remission.
"I can't believe I won. I never win anything, " added Tersigni.
Tersigni and her husband Frank got two front row tickets to Sunday's Lions verse the Dallas Cowboys game right by the Lions end zone. They also got to go on the field before the game. This was the couple's first game ever so it's going to be hard to top.
It's all possible through Lady Jane's Wicked Awesome Wishes Foundation and Lions Captain Stephen Tulloch.
Chad Johnson, owner of Lady Janes says, " I lost my mom to cancer 6 years ago and my dad last year. It's something that means a lot to my family and the people around me so we are going to continue to do it and make it bigger and bigger."
The effort is raising awareness about cancer and at the same time helping those touched by it do something they never thought they could accomplish. It's making memories and wishes come true. The smiles say it all.
Tersigni says, "It does feel really good after the last year what I went through. I'm very excited. I'm very happy.
"She is my idol and anyone else who is going through this. She an amazing, strong person," added Frank, Tina's husband.
Organizers still have plenty more wishes to grant at Ford Field during home games. They are looking for more nominations.
We met Joe and his awesome dad, Paul through the Angels of Hope Foundation, their director, Steve York’s son, nominated his buddy Joe to win our Wicked Awesome Wish and he was our special guest at the Detroit Lions vs Bengals game!!
His Wish: Stephen & Chad, I am submitting this request on behalf of my 10 year old son, Jackson. He plays extreme flag football for the Sterling Heights Lions. Recently, I took my son to his practice, and the team was signing a football for their teammate Joe Van Sickle. I learned that Joe’s mom had cancer, and the team was doing that as a good-well gesture for a fellow team mate.
I later learned that his wife (Jennifer) and the
mother of two small boys (Joe is 10 and has a younger brother, Ben) lost her battle to cancer on 9/23.
My own son had a very difficult time (as did I, only thinking about losing my wife in the same manner). I can’t imagine what Joe and Ben are going through.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a mom at 10 years old, and nothing will bring Jennifer back or fill the hole in a 10 year olds life. I do know that getting to meet players would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and would leave a positive impact on the well being of a 10 year old.
Thank you for considering our friends Joe & Paul for your Wicked Awesome Wish!
Summer was diagnosed with a brainstem glioma – an inoperable brain tumor – in October 2012. The 4th grader was given 14 months to live and despite her initial positive response to treatment, her symptoms returned and became progressive in March of 2013. Through its partnership with Stephen Tulloch, Lady Jane’s granted Summer’s wish by bringing her on the field before kickoff to meet Tulloch and some of her other favorite Lions players, and then Summer watched her favorite team beat the Bears from the front row.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger Lions fan until I met Summer,” said Chad Johnson, CEO of Lady Jane’s.
“She was so excited to cheer on her Lions! I can’t even begin to imagine
what she is going through but to see a smile on her face was the most heartwarming feeling in the world, and the whole reason we founded Wicked Awesome Wishes and partnered with Tulloch this season.”
“It was great to meet Summer and her mother before the game and I’m glad they had a good time. This is why I started my foundation and really enjoy partnering with great people like Chad, we can help or assist others when possible and we both really love to give back, it’s a great partnership we have with Lady Jane’s” says Tulloch.
Hair was cut. Records were broken. On August 23, 2013, Lady Jane's proved, once again, that when you put your head to it, you can be wicked awesome. You can even end up in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Hundreds of men and boys visited the Lady Jane's headquarters on Rochester Road in Troy, MI, to get a free haircut, enjoy rubbing shoulders with celebrities and partake in the historic event. In all, 652 HAIRCUTS were performed, and Annie Smith cut 101 of the 652. This shattered the old record of 392 haircuts in 12 hours by ten stylists and established a new individual record for the number of haircuts in 12 hours by one stylist.
“This was an incredible day for an incredible company," said Tim McCollum, Lady Jane's President. “Breaking a World Record is more than just a feather in our cap. It’s a testament to the hard-work we’ve put into building this business.”
The incredible turnout of supporters and customers was overwhelming and the stylists did a terrific job of getting our unbelievable customers in and out of the chairs fast enough to set the record.
“This was a victory for all of us,” said Chad Johnson, Lady Jane's CEO. “I’m so proud of all the people who made this record a reality. This is a great day for Lady Jane's, the city of Detroit and the Wicked Awesome Wishes charity.”
Although the field is called King Boring, The 4th Annual Detroit Lions Softball game was anything but on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Dearborn, MI. Bats were booming and a delirious crowd of spectators and warmer than expected temperatures set the stage for a softball extravaganza for a great cause.
Led by two active Detroit Lion gridiron heroes, Team Tulloch vs. Team Burleson turned out to be a game for the ages, as fans of all ages were on hand to witness and marvel at this spectacle of professional athletes and local celebrities trying their best to play the game of softball. Lady Jane's, the primary sponsor of the event, was represented at the plate and in the field by none-other than their CEO, Chad Johnson, who did everything under his power to end the game without a groin pull. Johnson came close to winning the "player of the game" for Team Tulloch as he went 4-5 with 6 RBI's and a home run.
"This was a great day for sure," said Johnson. "The people loved it, the players had a great time, and a substantial amount of money was raised for a great cause. I can't wait for next year."
Despite a valiant effort by Bill Bentley, Ashley Palmer and Johnson, Team Tulloch fell short and Team Burleson won 28-21. "Tully" gave his all until the end. He even took a laser shot from the bat of Offensive Lineman Jason Fox right off his chest.
When it comes to going the distance, the "Player of the Game" was Lions WR, Kris Durham from Team Burleson. He hit two dingers with one traveling more than 360 feet. He also made numerous solid plays in the field. He made up for Nate Burleson's strike out! That's right the self proclaimed best athlete on the field whiffed on three pitches. Come on Nate! Chad Johnson was seen in the field ribbing Burleson for his shortcomings at the plate.
A great day was had by all and most importantly, thousands of dollars were raised for the CATCH Foundation and the Stephen Tulloch Foundation through sponsorships, ticket and concession sales. Fans were able to meet some of their favorite Lions and everybody had a great time.
Nothing says “Are you ready for some football?” like a friendly game of softball, and the fourth annual Lions Charity Softball Game is certain to be a classic, pitting some of Detroit’s most infamous pro ballers (and some other familiar celebrities) against each other on the diamond.
Sponsoring this sports extravaganza is none other than Lady Janes. LJ's partnership with the Lions has given them the chance to reach out to the community and be part of the fun. To spread happiness, get closer to the fans and raise money for some great charities.
“I’m really excited to keep this yearly tradition going,” said Lion linebacker, Stephen Tulloch, who has captained one of the teams in the game for the last two years and will do so again this year. “Raising money for both my and Nate’s foundation really helps kick start all the programs we run throughout the year here in the community.”
The event will happen June 8, 2013 at King Boring Field on Reckinger Rd. near the corner of Greenfield Rd. / Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI. The gates open at 1 p.m. with a Home Run Derby starting at 2, followed by the game. It’s open to the public and will cost $10 to enter the park (children under 5 are free).
“Anytime we get to participate in an event that raises money for some awesome charities, and is fun for the whole community, count us in,” said Chad Johnson, Owner of Lady Janes. “I can’t wait for this to go down.”
Johnson will be dusting off the glove and warming up the arm as he is slated to play in the game. The family-friendly event benefits the CATCH Foundation and the Stephen
Tulloch Foundation, as Lion’s WR, Nate Burleson captains a team that will play against LB Tulloch’s. Although the game is a fundraiser, in the spirit of competition, the trash talk has begun...
“I have some secret weapons I’m bringing in for my team this year so expect Team Tulloch to come out with a win,” Tulloch stated.
“Last year was the first year I hosted this event with Tully and of course, my team won and we’re looking forward to taking on Team Tulloch again,” Burleson said. “It’s just an overall great time, the fans get to come out, see all of us play softball, we get to interact with them and raise money for our foundations at the same time. It’s a great way to kick off the summer.”
As for Johnson, he has yet to decide on which team he will play. "It's a tough decision as I love tough defense like Tulloch offers, but Nate's offensive prowess is tempting too."
Past participating celebrities include, Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson, Louis Delmas, Jahvid Best, Sammie Hill, Willie Young, along with other NFL stars Austin Pettis, Cato June, Braylon Edwards, Usama Young, Aaron Maybin, Derrick Williams, former NFL all-pros Herman Moore and Lomas Brown, NBA players such as Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva, Tayshon Prince, Austin Daye, Rick Mahorn, Ben Wallace and more! This year should prove to, once again, be a star-studded event with some big surprises at the plate.
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Lady Jane’s & The Jalen
Detroit native and former Fab Five favorite, Jalen Rose, opened the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) in 2011 to improve the educational landscape in his hometown. As a philanthropist who truly gives from the heart, Rose has personally donated over $1.3 million through his foundation. His most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and he needs your help!
Upon opening the doors to this tuition-free, public charter high school, Rose was on a mission to create a learning environment that engaged and inspired youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree. His goal has always been to provide a private school level of education for students in a public school setting. With that goal in mind, fundraising is essential to financially support both the transformational educational opportunities for the students at JRLA, and to provide the
necessary facilities to house these unique programs.
This month, Rose launched The Detroit Challenge to encourage the community and local business owners to step up and help support this important initiative and of course Chad Johnson stepped up to the plate getting all of our Michigan (as well as Toledo) locations involved!
After visiting the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Chad felt inclined to help the students of the school as much as possible with his massive outreach in the community by starting promotional efforts in the stores where Michigan and Toledo, OH customers can donate $5 to the JRLA and be put in a drawing to WIN a Jalen Rose autographed basketball (there will be one winner per store!) as well as a GRAND PRIZE of ONE lucky Lady Jane’s customer to travel to the NBA finals with Jalen & Chad and live like a VIP for one of the NBA Finals games!!
Lady Jane’s & Children’s Miracle Network
Lady Jane’s and Children’s Miracle Network continue to work together to raise much needed funds for local children. Each year LJ collects donations to raise money during the holiday season. Since being founded in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have grown significantly. They are founded on two straightforward goals; help as many children as possible and to do that by using funds raised in the community. Overall, the 170 hospitals across North America have raised $4.3 billion, helping children from broken fingers to fighting leukemia. Every holiday season Lady Jane’s gives back. All LJ locations work together to raise money in their area for the kids. Over the past two years LJ has raised
$18,000-most by one to two dollar donations from our customers. Not only do the stores ask for donations but at the annual holiday party donations are collected. Over the past two years LJ has raised $18,000 -most by one to two dollar donations from our customers. Not only do the stores ask for donations but at the annual holiday party donations are collected (change this entire line to: Over the past two years LJ has raised $18,000; most by one to two dollar donations from our customers, but donations are also collected at the annual holiday party. In addition to the partnership with Children's Miracle Network, LJ also supports many other local charities in the communities they do business in and around.
Last year Lady Jane's made four families live a little merrier during the holiday. Each family received $1000.00 to help their family. Most of the families had a parent or child that was ill. Lady Jane's was able to give a little extra support to help buy presents or pay for medical bills. Lady Jane's commitment to giving back is an important part of the wicked awesome philosophy.
American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life
Every year around the nation hundreds of thousands of people walk to raise money to help find a cure to cancer. Lady Jane's was excited to be a sponsor of this very special event. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life began in Washington in the 80's. The mission was to create more funds for those suffering with all types of cancers. Dr. Gordy Klatt, founder of the program started running marathons to help raise money for this great cause and during his more than 83 miles of running his family and friends raised over $27,000. This was the catalyst to start the 24 hour relay. People of all ages are encouraged to take part in this yearly event. Cancer is a horrible disease that effects people of all ages and races. Lady Jane's is happy to help support this cause not only financially, but staff members and their families participate in the walk as well.
DreamCatchers for Abused Children
On February 2nd Chad Johnson and his Lady Jane's team held its annual Gratitude Gala for the entire company and its business partners. The coordinator of the event, Jenny Golas, said the event raised over $2000 to benefit DreamCatchers through raffles and donations! Lady Jane's CEO, Chad Johnson wanted to do something for the victims of mental and physical neglect, so Jenny chose a perfect charity in DreamCatchers, which is a worldwide non-profit organization providing support for victims and survivors of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. DreamCatchers' mission is to educate the public on symptoms, intervention, prevention and statistics and reporting and helping the victims locate the proper resources necessary to achieve a full recovery.
Allie Wood (Manager of Troy, MI), Jennifer Golas (Corporate Headquarters' Manager), and Tim McCollum (COO) with Roger Larson (Vice-President of DreamCatchers for Abused Children)
DreamCatchers also covers bullying, teen suicide and missing and exploited children. Chad said of the efforts, "I am glad that our party could help some children in need. Every dollar counts when it comes to giving a child a chance to have a better life. This will always be a major commitment for both me and my company!"