2016 Community Giving Press Event

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort announced on October 4 , 2016  that $325,070 was raised from gate admission, beverage proceeds, Arts du Jour charity preview and other festival sponsored community initiatives. More than 60 charitable and cultural organizations benefited from the total amount raised from this year’s festival, which took place in downtown Royal Oak Sept. 2-5, 2016.   The list of charity recipients is below.  

Gate proceeds of $117,700 went to 13 participating organizations:
•    Autism Alliance
•    Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties
•    The Children's Center
•    Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
•    Forgotten Harvest
•    The Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center
•    JARC
•    Miracle League of Michigan
•    The Rainbow Connection
•    Royal Oak Schools Performing Arts Committee
•    Stagecrafters
•    Volunteers of America
•    Ziibiwing Cultural Center

Five charitable groups will receive a share of $41,736.50 from Arts Du Jour:
•    Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland & Macomb Counties
•    COTS
•    Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
•    Rose Hill Center
•    Team Joseph

Proceeds from Beverage sales of $80,500 went to 25 participating charitable and cultural groups:
•    Aids Walk Detroit
•    Almost Home
•    Alpine Blind Skiers
•    Bat Busters
•    Empower
•    Ferndale High School Marching Band
•    Independent Opp of Michigan
•    Interact of Royal Oak High School
•    Ivy House
•    Lutheran Adoption Services
•    Milford Huron Valley Lions Club
•    Muscular Dystrophy
•    Planned Parenthood
•    Polish Women Alliance
•    Royal Oak Dance Team
•    Royal Oak Football Team, Inc.
•    Royal Oak Jaycees
•    Royal Oak Lion's Club
•    Royal Oak Women's Club
•    Royal Oak Schools Performing Arts Committee
•    Royal Oak High School Lacrosse
•    St. Mary's Church
•    St. Paul’s Church
•    Starlites Parent Club
•    Wish Upon a Teen

Three churches will share $11,550 from festival parking donations:
•    1st Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak
•    Royal Oak First United Methodist
•    St. Mary's Church

24 organizations shared an additional $53,378.34:
•    Arts and Scraps
•    Autism Alliance of Michigan
•    Brooksie Way
•    BWH Foundations
•    Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
•    Fallen Wounded Soldier Golf Foundation
•    Greater Pontiac Coalition
•    Life Time Foundation
•    Make A Wish Foundation
•    Michigan Bat Busters
•    New Day Foundation for Families
•    Operations Transformations
•    Providence Health Foundation – Golf Sponsor
•    Royal Oak High School – MetroPCS Hoops
•    Royal Oak Chamber Scholarship Fund
•    Royal Oak Historical Society
•    Royal Oak Police Department
•    St. John Providence Health System – Breast Care Program
•    Stone Soup Project
•    St. Paul's Recycling Program
•    Take 6
•    Team Joseph
•    The Children’s Center
•    The Detroit Music Award Sponsorship

The City of Royal Oak paid $7,160 in donations to nonprofit organizations that supported parking operations. Additionally, area cultural groups shared $6,700 in donations, while the Priority Health Move to the Beats 5K/10K presented by Life Time Fitness generated $6,345.30 for Rock CF Foundation, Life Time Foundation and Autism Alliance of Michigan. Of all the donations, local nonprofits and community organizations in Royal Oak will share $116,310.33. 




Saturday morning will kick-off with the Priority Health Move to the Beats 5K/10K, benefitting Rock CF and Lifetime Fitness.   For more information, click here

Also on Saturday, Priority Health kicks off the Zumbathon celebration to benefit St. John Providence Health System Cancer Center of Excellence.  For more information, click here.


Returning to Ford Arts, Beats & Eats for its fourth year is The Deaf Arts Festival, sponsored by St. John Hospital & Medical Center. Its mission is to celebrate the arts by exhibiting diverse, quality visuals and performing arts by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population and create a personal interaction with Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists. Unique art presented by 10 Deaf artists will be displayed from the Our Credit Union Parking Lot, just off Washington between 7th and Lincoln.

The event flyer is available for download here.  For more information visit



OUR Credit Union returns to Ford Arts, Beats and Eats as a sponsor, hosting the 6th annual Food Drive benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, which provide food to 510 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies. 

Food Drive donors can receive one FREE admission to the festival by bringing three or more nonperishable food items to any of the following four OUR Credit Union locations between Monday, Aug. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 1.

Normandy Branch                  Washington Ave Branch
3070 Normandy Rd.                726. S. Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073               Royal Oak, MI 48067

Twelve Mile Rd Branch           Rochester Rd Branch
5625 East Twelve Mile Rd.      6693 Rochester Rd.
Warren, MI 48092                    Troy, MI 48085

Last year’s festival Food Drive collected 3,979 pounds of nonperishable items, providing 3,316 meals for Gleaners to distribute.