2016 Brews and Shoes

2016 brews and shoes

Wednesday, May 25 | 5 – 7 pm 
Arcadia Brewing Co., Kalamazoo

Silent Auction • Appetizers • Beer

Join us for the 3rd Annual Brews & Shoes! You’ll be helping raise funds to provide new shoes for K-5 students. $10 or a new pair of children’s athletic shoes gets your foot in the door. Bring your friends! (Carpooling is recommended.)

RSVP: firstdayshoefund@gmail.com

Spring 2016 Newsletter

spring newsletterOur spring newsletter has sprung – and we gave it a makeover! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside:

  • Many thanks to Gina Fischer and the KVCC Design Center for creating our new logo and branding
  • Upcoming Events: Brews & Shoes, Summer Shoe Distribution and more
  • Reflections on the Past 10 Years, by Valerie Denghel, Founder
  • Community Impact: In Their Own Words
  • Shopping online? Why you should shop Amazon Smile…

Dive in! Spring 2016 Newsletter


WATCH: 10 Years Of Smiles

This year, we’re not just celebrating 10 years of helping students start school on the right foot with a new pair of shoes. We’re celebrating 10 years of confidence. We’re celebrating 10 years of smiles. We’re proud to share with you our anniversary video, where you can see the students’ smiles and hear a teacher describe how important First Day Shoe Fund’s mission is.


10th Anniversary Press Release

Happy Anniversary, First Day Shoe Fund!

class thanks2016 marks a whole decade of providing new shoes to school-age children in Kalamazoo County! Since our founding in 2006, First Day Shoe Fund has distributed more than 19,500 pairs of new shoes to students.

Throughout the past 10 years, we’ve expanded to support more school districts, partnered with many nonprofit organizations for distributions, hired a part-time Executive Director, and so much more.

Read more in our 10th anniversary press release.

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

KALAMAZOO—First Day Shoe Fund is excited to announce the return of its “Brews & Shoes” event on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for First Day Shoe Fund’s mission, generate additional supporters and volunteers, and collect monetary and shoe donations in support of future work in the community.


Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10 or a new pair of athletic shoes per person. Preferred shoe sizes are youth size 11 through adult size 10.


Event attendees will receive one drink ticket and light appetizers.


Each year, First Day Shoe Fund works to distribute a new pair of athletic shoes to children in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and WoodsEdge schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


“Our vision at First Day Shoe Fund is to ensure that all students start school off on equal footing,” said executive director Heather Haigh. “We had a great turnout for last fall’s Brews & Shoes with overwhelming donations and attendance, which certainly helped our mission. We are looking forward to another successful event this year as well.”


Board president Ann Gunia said, “The Brews & Shoes event is a fun opportunity to spread the word about First Day Shoe Fund and our work in the community while enjoying an evening at Arcadia.”


Since 2006, First Day Shoe Fund has distributed more than 13,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to qualifying students in Kalamazoo County.


Registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, First Day Shoe Fund is funded by generous donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. All donations are tax-deductible.


Those interested in volunteering, hosting a new shoe drive, or supporting the program with a tax deductible donation are asked to visit www.firstdayshoefund.org, follow the organization’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/firstdayshoefund, follow the organization on Twitter @FirstDayShoe, or email first­dayshoefund@gmail.com.


Donations to First Day Shoe Fund may be made via PayPal at www.firstdayshoefund.org or by mailing a check or money order payable to: First Day Shoe Fund, P.O. Box 2751, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund (pdf)

Brews & Shoes – 2015 Invitation

Help raise awareness of First Day Shoe Fund by sharing the electronic Brews & Shoes invitation.

2015 Brews & Shoes Invitation

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5 – 7 p.m.
Arcadia Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI

First Day Shoe Fund thanks past officers, welcomes new officers

Welcome president Ann Gunia, vice president Angie Rohrer, secretary Yolonda Lavender, and treasurer Lucy Matthews.

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