DETROIT, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Up to 1,200 caregivers from Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, Genesee and Lapeer counties are expected to attend what will once again be the Detroit area's biggest caregiver appreciation day and the biggest fashion show of the year. The 31th Annual MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day, expected to be a sell-out, will be on Thursday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township.
The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center (MORC) will honor caregivers who help people with developmental disabilities with the Caregiver Angels Awards and with 100 caregivers and people with disabilities modeling in the Kohl's Caregiver Fashion Show. Tim Joy from North Oakland Residential Services will greet the audience, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel will speak and two bands, the Mike Leslie Band and the Kielbasa Kings, will perform. MORC is a nonprofit human services agency based in Auburn Hills, Clinton Township and Livonia.
The Kohl's Caregiver Fashion Show is not a typical fashion show. People with disabilities and their caregivers, who model together, are selected to model based on how meaningful the experience will be for them. Tickets, at $35, are available by calling MORC at (248) 276-8109. Sponsors and donors can call MORC at (586) 263-8757.
"We have people who were locked away in institutions or who face extreme challenges with their disabilities who never dreamed of being in a show," said Sue Gipperich, MORC supports coordination supervisor and host of the event. "Caregivers and family members who model with loved ones are thrilled to see how much it means for a person to be cheered on by a crowd of over 1,000."
"It is not your run-of-the-mill show and not your deadpan expressionless models!" said Maggie Lewis with Kohl's Cares for Kids at Kohl's in Rochester Hills, sponsor of the show for the sixth year. "There's more screaming, cheering, laughing and smiling than you'll see at any event ever."
Kohl's will again donate nearly $15,000 in clothes to the models, while Kohl's staff will volunteer at the event. Kohl's in Rochester Hills continues to be one of the top Kohl's stores in the nation in community service. Stylists from two salons in Clinton Township, Bianchi's and Pintura, have volunteered to help with hair and makeup.
The Caregiver Angels Awards, funded by Dr. Arthur Woehrlen, a dentist in Macomb County, will honor 10 caregivers with a beautiful award, an "Angels" jacket, and a check for $250. A new caregiver award will be presented in honor of Colleen O'Neill Brayton, one of the original organizers of the MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day, who passed away in 2012.
The MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day, at 31 years, is believed to be the longest-running and largest appreciation day in the country. It traditionally honors the thousands of caregivers employed by hundreds of nonprofits, many with the Michigan Assisted Living Association. It also honors several thousand family caregivers, such as parents, siblings and relatives. These caregivers support MORC's 5,000 people with developmental disabilities. To see last year's event on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21f7U2UtUFg.
MORC is known internationally for helping close all 12 institutions for people with developmental disabilities in Michigan and helping 54 nations develop homes in the community.
"I'm proud of all our caregivers who do so much to help our people live rich and full lives," said Gerald Provencal, MORC executive director.
The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center (MORC), a nonprofit human services agency based in Clinton Township, Auburn Hills and Livonia acknowledges the support of The Arc Michigan, The Arc of Oakland County, Arc Services of Macomb, AMORC, Macomb County Community Mental Health, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency and the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Macomb-Oakland Regional Center - 16200 Nineteen Mile Road - Clinton Township, MI 48038 - www.morcinc.org
To view this video on YouTube, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21f7U2UtUFg
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