Supporter of the Month

Care to meet the generous people and businesses whom we’ve honored as 826michigan Supporters of the Month?

FridayApril 2016

Mindfield Family of Companies

Choosing only one Supporter of the Month–every single month–is super difficult in the best possible way. Every three weeks or so, 826michigan staff wrestle over which business or community champion to single out for their tremendous contribution to our students. You might imagine that we’ve amassed a huge circle of friends after ten years–and you would be right. So this month, we’ve decided to temper the challenge by honoring three amazing businesses in Detroit: Mindfield, Republic Tavern, and the Grand Army Republic Building Detroit. They’re all connected through the Mindfield Family of Companies owned by business partners Tom Carleton, David Carleton, and Sean Emery, and it is the perfect time to recognize their contributions to fostering 826michigan’s visibility and growth. After all, we’re totally about to be neighbors. (Detroit Robot Factory, anyone?)

Just last week, Sean Emery (who also serves on the 826michigan Board) took a few moments to tell us about what inspires the Mindfield Family of Companies to support local youth and why they’re particularly struck by 826michigan students. We’re delighted to share his thoughts on what emboldens Mindfield, Republic Tavern, and the Grand Army Republic Building Detroit to specifically invest in 826michigan’s young writers.

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The Mindfield Family of Companies have been operating in downtown Detroit for 16 years. The owners (Tom Carleton, David Carleton, and Sean Emery) have had a love affair with the city going back even further–all the way to 1992. Seeing Detroit’s growth has been so rewarding. Participating in and helping to motivate it’s growth has been exponentially more so.  We understand that being invested in a community goes beyond doing just business there or living there. It involves working toward a better place for all of us, elevating the community in a way that all boats rise. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to contribute.

We’re especially proud to support 826michigan’s students and work because the pen is mightier than the sword. Giving students the opportunity to wield their pens and the confidence, encouragement, inspiration and guidance to help them tell their stories are gifts that can easily change the world. Words move mountains, make nations, change lives and so much more. They shape history and allow ideas to span centuries. To open that door for children and to see them happily walk through it is incredible to us.

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In my personal experience, serving on the 826michigan board has been wonderful and rewarding. I get caught up in the romance of writing and storytelling, but to see how the organization is run–professionally, passionately, efficiently, wisely, and most of all– effectively–is really special. Helping support the 826michigan team has been a great honor. What we especially hope shines through in our work across the board in the Mindfield Family of Companies–be it the team upstairs in the castle at Mindfield or the team downstairs at Republic and Parks and Rec–is that we love what we do. Having the opportunity to do great work in an iconic spot that quite literally hits all five senses on a daily basis for our corporate clients and the general public alike is beyond fortunate. It’s not work when you love doing it!


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826michigan remains incredibly grateful to the Mindfield Family of Companies for the many ways Mindfield, Republic Tavern, and the GAR Building have supported our work. More than once, Mindfield and the GAR Building have donated valuable work space to us for 826michigan strategic planning sessions and fundraising events designed to support the expansion of our programs to Detroit. Earlier this year, we hosted Parka Weather featuring National Book Award Finalist Angela Flournoy in the GAR castle and guests enjoyed a special meal prepared by Republic’s award-winning chef Sarah Welch. Every bit of generosity has been given with open arms and we truly value the support. In fact, the only thing the Mindfield Family of Companies won’t share with us is whether or not they’re also hosts of Ilvermorny–the North American counterpart to Hogwarts. On that point–for the sake of legends and magic and adventurers everywhere–we’ll keep investigating.

MondayFebruary 2016

The Ann Arbor District Library provides access to incredible resources and programs in Washtenaw County, and they just happen to be our neighbor, community partner, and friend. This month, we are delighted to recognize the outstanding work of the AADL and how their partnership with us has helped so many…

FridayFebruary 2016

It’s a balmy evening at the end of January in Detroit, Michigan—40 degrees at 6:00 pm. For locals, it’s a refreshing break from the Michigan mid-winter frost. One bold soul walks down the street in shorts and without a coat as children trickle into an old storefront to write stories….

TuesdayFebruary 2016

We are bursting with pride to be a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit grant winner and honor the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their support of our students. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has been a tremendous partner in helping 826michigan complete our expansion…

WednesdayJanuary 2016

Art education and public engagement are the center of life in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This becomes apparent in the “living canvas” that is MOCAD’s ever-changing facade and the tremendous public programs led by museum staff, local artists, and teens from the Detroit community. The Museum of Contemporary…

SundayDecember 2015

Tyler Weston, Ypsilanti Real Estate Guy Standing 6 feet 7 inches tall in a city that’s only 4.26 square miles makes it difficult not to notice Tyler Weston –a community-minded residential and commercial realtor, captain of the Ypsilicious basketball team, founder of the Washington Street (Cleanup) Club, and creator of…

FridayNovember 2015

As stated on their website, the Detroit Creativity Project is a group of working actors, writers, directors, and musicians whose roots are in Detroit. They include writers, directors, Grammy award-winning artists, Second City alumni, and graduates of Wayne State University. With new roots planted in Los Angeles, the DCP has maintained…

FridayOctober 2015

The Eyrie As volunteers act as the lifeblood of 826michigan, working alongside students to help us reach more than 3,200 youth in the Southeastern Michigan region, a number of local businesses and community supporters step in as enthusiastic public agents, spreading the word about 826michigan’s work. This October, we celebrate…

WednesdaySeptember 2015

Achieving a tenth anniversary of service to students across Southeastern Michigan is no easy feat and we simply could not do it without tremendous support. That support comes not only from the volunteers you see working alongside students each day, but also from funders who generously allocate dollars to keep our programs…

SaturdayAugust 2015

A Trio of Ann Arbor Rotarians 826michigan is pleased to honor the Ann Arbor Rotary Club as our Supporter of the Month! There are many reasons to recognize such a fantastic group and all of their contributions to the Greater Washtenaw community, but we are especially grateful for the investment…

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