charity en Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need <p></p><p>It's December. That means the airwaves are filled with Holly Jolly Christmases, White Christmases, Jingle Bell Rock and that ever-present Little Drummer Boy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, in the </span>interest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of public service, we thought we'd present a way for you to hear some fresh holiday music, performed by Michigan artists. The CD is called "<a href="" target="_blank">A Michigan Christmas of Hope</a>."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holy Cross Children's Services will receive every penny of money raised from the CD.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan.</span></p><p>Devin Scillian is best known as the anchor on WDIV-TV in Detroit. But, he's also built quite a following as a singer-songwriter.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, joining Devin is Russ Russell of Holy Cross Children's Services.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15747 at Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Poker's rise in popularity has helped Michigan's charities and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations from elsewhere.<br /><br />And <a href="">efforts to rein in a charitable gambling industry </a>that has grown more than 20-fold in a decade are sparking backlash.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15097 at Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash Politics By Other Means <p>Bishop Thomas Gumbleton probably won&rsquo;t vote in the primary today, though he spends his life doing work that&rsquo;s greatly affected by the political world. Nor does he seem impressed that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are fellow Roman Catholics.</p><p>Actually, he seems pretty appalled by them.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:36:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6402 at Politics By Other Means Groups brace for end of charity tax break <p>Michigan taxpayers who want to get a state tax credit for some charitable donations have about a week and a half left before the credits expire. Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature eliminated the credits as part of a tax overhaul designed to help balance the budget.</p><p>Many groups say it&#39;s difficult to&nbsp;predict how the&nbsp;expiration will affect charitable giving.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 23:06:48 +0000 Laura Weber 5533 at Groups brace for end of charity tax break Wisconsin and Michigan use mitten flap to launch donation drive <p>Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism started using a mitten image to represent the shape of its state.</p><p>Michiganders took umbrage. In their mind, there is only one true &quot;Mitten State.&quot;</p><p>Now, tourism officials in both states are working to convert the light-hearted flap over mittens into a donation drive.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Tourism officials in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to parlay their recent dust-up over mittens into a donation drive.</p><p>The two states&#39; tourism departments got into a good-natured battle last week over whose state has the better claim to looking like a mitten. Now the states are trying to capitalize on the publicity with the Great Lakes Mitten Campaign, an effort to collect mittens for charities.</p><p>Wisconsin officials are urging people to drop off mittens at state travel centers around the state and participating chambers of commerce through Jan. 15. The mittens then will be donated to local charities.</p><p>Michigan officials, meanwhile, are asking people to donate mittens directly to their favorite charities.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:52:12 +0000 Mark Brush 5373 at Wisconsin and Michigan use mitten flap to launch donation drive Holland Rescue Mission throws record-breaking Thanksgiving Banquet <p>Nearly 500 volunteers served a hot meal to more than 1,300 people in need Wednesday night. That&rsquo;s a record for the <a href="">Holland Rescue Mission </a>which has held the annual dinner for nearly 20 years. The non-profit runs a number of programs to help lift people from poverty.</p> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 02:36:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5133 at Holland Rescue Mission throws record-breaking Thanksgiving Banquet Man stumbles upon $1,160, turns it in, now giving to charity <p>The <a href="|topnews|text|Frontpage">Livingston County Daily Press &amp; Argus</a> reported on the find by an attorney from Howell, Jules Fiani.</p><p>They report that Fiani found $1,160 in a white envelope outside of a Dairy Queen last May. He turned the found money into police, but when no one claimed it, the police returned it to him.</p><p>From the Livingston County Daily Press &amp; Argus:</p><blockquote><p>Although Fiani could keep the money, he said, &quot;It&#39;s all going to charitable organizations.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s found money and it&#39;s the right thing to do,&quot; Fiani said. &quot;I wish I had more to give away.&quot;</p><p>The first $250 is earmarked for the Sheriff&#39;s Department&#39;s Shop With a Cop program, which pairs underprivileged children in the community with a police officer to shop for Christmas gifts.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s been really exciting dropping money off,&quot; Fiani said Thursday, noting that so far he&#39;s made donations to Make-A-Wish and Gleaners Community Food Bank.<br /> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:45:15 +0000 Mark Brush 4977 at Man stumbles upon $1,160, turns it in, now giving to charity Michigan's charitible giving tax credit expires at the end of the year <p><em>(*Editor&#39;s note - Michigan Radio, as a licensee of the University of Michigan, benefits from this tax credit)</em></p><p>The Michigan charitable giving tax credit expires at the end of the year, and charities are expecting the amount people donate to charities to drop as a result.</p><p>The charitable giving credit was ended as part of Governor Snyder&#39;s effort to pay for a business tax cut of more than $1.5 billion.</p><p>The credit allows Michigan taxpayers to essentially double their contribution when they give to community foundations, homeless shelters, food banks and public institutions (such as Michigan universities, museums, public libraries, and public broadcasting stations).</p><p>For a single filer, half their contribution can come off their Michigan tax bill up to a $200 contribution. Joint filers can take half of a $400 contribution.</p><p>Brian Conner of the <a href="">Detroit News</a> wrote a piece on the expected effects of the credit&#39;s expiration.</p><p>Conner writes that charities in Michigan don&#39;t quite know how much of their donations are tied to the credit, but the expect to take some kind of a hit. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:51:21 +0000 Mark Brush 4857 at Michigan's charitible giving tax credit expires at the end of the year