The Michael Collins Foundation                                                                                December 2016 Newsletter
To glorify God and honor Michael's legacy by supporting causes and initiatives that have been important to Michael, his faith, and his family.
A special message from The Michael Collins Foundation 

As we reflect on the many blessings of the past year we are first and foremost reminded of our corporate and private partners who believe in our mission and have allowed us to accomplish so much. It is our privilege to work alongside you as we put love in action by not only meeting specific challenges in the community but in the nation as well. Paying it forward while transforming lives will continue to be our priority in the New Year. Whether you have volunteered your time, been a participant at one of our events, given financially or in kind, to each and every one of you, thank you. To date The Michael Collins Foundation has given away nearly $75,000! We look forward to continuing to pay it forward in 2017.

To God be the glory!

Jim and Kelly Collins
The Michael Collins Foundation

MADD Illinois proudly announces The Michael Collins Humanity Award

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Illinois announced that The MADD Community Award was being renamed The Michael Collins Humanity Award, in honor of Michael Collins.

The announcement was made at MADD Illinois' annual Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet. In the past, the MADD Community Award, now the Michael Collins Humanity Award, was given to an individual or organization that demonstrates fellowship with others as the result of the sharing of similar attitudes, values, interests and goals with respect to MADD’s mission and the overall desire for the improvement of the quality of life in their community.

“Jim and Kelly Collins are wonderful people who have had the ultimate tragedy bestowed upon them and that is the loss of a child. The Collins family and The Michael Collins Foundation have been extremely generous to MADD Illinois and have donated considerable funds, as well as their time and leadership that has allowed for MADD to further pursue its mission to stop drunk and drugged driving, prevent underage drinking and provide services to victims of the violent crime,” said Sam Canzoneri, State Executive Director of MADD Illinois.

"What a special day for our family and the foundation as we presented Illinois State University with a check for $25,000. The Michael Collins Memorial Scholarship is the first ever endowed scholarship for Exercise Science majors. This day was made possible by the continued support of this community  and through our annual events, and we can never thank you enough. A special thanks to President Larry Dietz, his wife Marlene Diane Dietz, Dan Elkins and Dale Brown as well as other faculty. We continue to strive to put love in action and this is another great example. Once a redbird,
always a redbird! #MCstrong"
- Kelly Collins

Save the Date!

The 3rd Annual MCstrong 5K classic will be held on April 22, 2017. The event includes a  5K run, 5K walk, and 1-mile walk. Registration opens January 2, 2017 at and we'll be making some exciting additions! Make your New Year's Resolution to put an end to drunk driving!  
Game 7 Sports

In February 2014, Jim Collins and Michael were on their way to a baseball practice. Jim and Michael talked about starting a business with affiliated teams to combine two of their loves; God and baseball. Michael would manage the operation. Game 7 will pursue the vision Jim and Michael shared together that night. To learn more, visit Game 7 Sports Facebook Page.
Operation Christmas Child
Thanks to your generosity and support, we sent 19 shoe boxes to Samaritan's Purse for Operation Christmas Child. For more information go to Samaritan's Purse
Fewell receives The Michael Collins Memorial baseball scholarship at Heartland Community College

Josh Fewell is the recipient of the 2016 Michael Collins Memorial baseball scholarship at Heartland Community College.  Josh is a sophomore outfielder from Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, Indiana.  This scholarship is presented annually to a member of the Heartland Hawks baseball team.  The recipient is determined by the Heartland coaching staff and the Michael Collins Foundation.  It is awarded to the player who best embodies the characteristics Michael displayed during his career as a Hawk; outstanding work ethic, academic success, leadership, and a focus on faith and family.  Congratulations Josh!
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