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Community Challenge

The FirstMerit Foundation is again helping to further reward non-profits that raise additional dollars through the festival by awarding $20,000 in incentives to help raise the festival's charitable giving.  Last year's FirstMerit Community Challenge helped contribute to a record $386,000 awarded to the festival's non-profit partners.

Each festival volunteer is encouraged to setup a profile on the Royal Oak-based web community CrowdRise.com and raise pledges of donations for their individual charities. The more pledges that are raised, the more funds each of the charities get in addition to the festival’s donations.  Donation milestones for volunteers result in great festival freebies, such as free admission, food and beverage tickets, even a night at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort!  Join us today to help raise money for so many worthy organizations.

Community Food Drive

Earn free admission to Ford Arts, Beats & Eats by donatingto Gleaners!   The FirstMerit Bank Food Drive will collect donations of food to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan in an effort to raise awareness of the hunger relief initiative. Thousands of pounds of food for those in need in the region are expected to be generated from the campaign, which is in its third year of partnership with the festival.  Donate three non-perishable food items to one of five FirstMerit Bank branches and get a FREE ticket to Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank!  One is located right at Main and Lincoln in Downtown Royal Oak!  

Participating Locations:
- 4609 Crooks Road, Royal Oak
- 800 S. Main Street, Royal Oak
- 4710 Rochester Road, Royal Oak
- 2078 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy
- 175 S. Livernois Road, Rochester Hills


Saturday morning will kick-off with the Priority Health Arts in Motion 5k, benefitting Michigan Youth Arts and Rock CF.   For more information, click here

Also on Saturday, Priority Health kicks off the Zumbathon celebration to benefit St. John Providence Health System Cancer Center of Excellence.  For more information, click here.



The Deaf Arts Festival is returning to the festival for the third time to present their wonderful & unique art on Labor Day Weekend.  This year's festival will be located on 7th Street.  For more information visit deafartsfestival.org

2014 Participants Include

Iris Aranda

Chuck Borchers

Janna Dahl

Chapman Hom

Ellen Mansfield

Judy McClain-Lowrie

Mark Naeyaert

Stevie Naeyaert

Michelle Osterhout

Nancy Rourke

Ann Silver

Jim Van Manen

Darlene Weir