Typically when we think of Valentine’s Day gifts, our minds immediately jump to the traditional fare: chocolate, candy, flowers. But if a box of tiny candy hearts seems tired, it may be time to show and share your love in a different way. This Valentine’s Day, why not try a night of giving back to Michigan’s children at the Orchards’ Ambassadors Relaunch?
On Thursday, February 11th, the Orchards’ Ambassadors will host an evening of cocktails, food, music, and fun at Valentine Distilling Co. in Ferndale. Attendees of the Orchards’ Ambassadors Relaunch will learn how they can get involved and help the Ambassadors raise awareness and even experience a special performance. And as all proceeds of the event will support the Ambassadors Community Outreach programs, this is the perfect occasion for sharing the spirit of the holiday by giving the gift of love to children across the state.
The Orchards’ Ambassadors are an affiliate group of Orchards Children’s Services, a Michigan nonprofit that has provided services to children and families throughout the state for over fifty years. Serving over 750 children and young adults daily, Orchards works to return children to their families or to find them a loving home. Through their various programs, Orchards provides hope and support to children and families in need by preventing and intervening in child abuse and neglect, offering supportive education and career preparation programming, and more.
The Ambassador program brings together young professionals to plan fundraisers and host events that directly improve the lives of children at risk, allowing every child to truly have a childhood. By increasing the awareness of the needs of these children and their families, the Ambassadors have been able to increase their impact on families in need.
Among the events and programs that the Ambassadors host are the Larry Culley Bike Day (providing 200 bikes to Orchards foster children), Backpack & School Supply Giveaway (donating over 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies), Summer Camp (sending over 250 children to overnight camp annually), and scholarship programs (providing college scholarships to Orchards foster children). Each provides children in need with the opportunity to make incredible memories, and to have the best childhood possible.
Partnering with the Ambassadors to host the Orchards’ Ambassadors Relaunch is Valentine Distilling Co., a company we’ve previously featured on The Awesome Mitten on two occasions for their delicious spirits. Valentine is an incredible charitable partner to the Orchards Ambassadors. In addition to offering the Ambassadors a discount on the two craft cocktails included in the $25 admission price, Valentine is also donating the event space, free of charge! Along with Valentine, Sam’s Club, Holiday Market, and Telly’s Place will all be donating food to the event.