Supporter of the Month

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

TuesdayJanuary 2018

dave menzo press shot by Photographer: Dianna Berggren

(Photographer: Dianna Berggren)

Mittenfest XII has grown a lot over twelve years, as has the clout behind many of the performers that have performed. However, without someone to make sure we can hear the bands, the whole festival is for naught. Enter Dave Menzo and Menzo Media. Dave has been supporting our Mittenfest performers to bring to the stage their beautiful tunes for many years and we are so proud to be able to work with him.

Along with being an excellent sound engineer, he is a multi-instrumental guru and performer. He has done projects with our wonderful friends at the Ann Arbor District Library, and consulted with our other amazing friends at Literati to create a space where visiting readers can be clearly heard at their live events. Dave is a beloved member of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti music scene and can be found DJing, performing solo, or with his live band basically every night of the week it feels like.

We are honored to be able to spend time with Dave and his team at Menzo Media each year at Mittenfest, and eternally grateful for all of his generosity. Listen to his music and talk to him about any of your sound needs (we totally can vouch for it) at Thanks, Dave!

We’d also like to celebrate and acknowledge our additional fantastic Mitenfest XII friends. Learn more about them and their contributions below.

DENNIS’S MUSIC: Dennis’s Music in Ypsilanti has generously donated the backline to Mittenfest for years, allowing us to rapidly switch between bands and fit even MORE artists into every night!

JEN HARLEY DESIGN: If you’ve been enticed and enchanted to join us at Mittenfest, chances are it is Jen’s gorgeous artwork that lured you. She lent her talents again this year to the event posters, t-shirts, and decor, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  

We couldn’t do this without our wonderful business friends who so generously support Mittenfest by donating their goods and services – thank you all!

North Peak Brewing Company

VG Kids

Bona Sera


beezy’s cafe

And last but most certainly not least, we have amazing event sponsors! These folks go above and beyond to make sure that not only is Mittenfest a resounding success, they proudly cheer on 826michigan’s student thinkers and writers. Their sponsorships help support free writing and tutoring programs throughout the year – 826 thank you’s to you all!

Quite Scientific Records

Domino’s Pizza

Real Estate One Ypsilanti

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

FridayDecember 2017

Tis the season to celebrate terrific student writing! To that end, we once again have reason to appreciate the generosity of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs that makes it possible for us to reach thousands of students across Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit with creative writing programs…

WednesdayNovember 2017

The start of this school year is unique in that we get to celebrate the fall launch of after-school tutoring TWO TIMES. In late September, we delighted at the start of Liberty Street Tutoring. This November, we are glad for a second launch period to welcome students back to Washington…

SundayOctober 2017

  We love fall at 826michigan. It means seriously delicious apples and cider, amazing sweater weather, and a fresh school year to welcome so many students into our writing lab for field trips! This October, we recognize The Peck Foundation for its tremendous support in expanding our Field Trips program…

FridaySeptember 2017

  The Born and Raised Detroit Foundation is a marvelous group of native Detroiters who, living locally but also in other US cities and abroad, have remained committed to supporting initiatives that contribute to building a stronger community and positive way of life throughout Detroit. Their idea to begin a foundation…

FridayAugust 2017

There’s nothing like a slice of pizza to make writing fun and delicious—and Domino’s Pizza has filled so many happy young writers’ tummies throughout the school year and this summer through our Family Writing Labs. In fact, Domino’s has donated nearly two dozen pizzas for each Family Writing Lab event!…

FridayJuly 2017

826michigan serves thousands of students across the region. Last year, we reached nearly 4,000 young writers in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit—before the Detroit Robot Factory even opened. Having now completed five months of full-time service across TWO 826michigan centers—–Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair and the Detroit Robot Factory—–it…

ThursdayJune 2017

  One of the best things about running an 826 chapter in southeast Michigan is our proximity to the wonderful Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. In addition to fresh, locally-sourced, endlessly mouthwatering foods, Zingerman’s offers top-notch professional development through ZingTrain, and regularly gives back to the local community through community partnerships….

SaturdayMay 2017

Love and light—those are the two words that come to mind when we think of Juan Martinez. His art is magical and his spirit overflows with warmth and kindness. We’re super fans. In our estimation, Juan is quite simply, a hero. With some specifics, our Executive Director Amanda Uhle would…

TuesdayApril 2017

This April, we celebrate the Galens Medical Society for its much needed and substantial contribution to transportation funds in support of our Field Trips program. The Galens Medical Society has existed for more than a century to not only bridge the gap between medical students and medical faculty, but to…

Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255