HONOR YOUR CHAMPION
Who is a champion in your life?
The Champs celebration is an occasion to reflect on those who have made an impact on the lives of children. Who is a champion in your life? A former teacher or student? Family member or friend? Trusted advisor?
There are champions all around and we want to celebrate them! In addition to those nominated and selected for an award during the Champs celebration, CIS is delighted to provide the backdrop for you to honor a champion in your life by making a donation in their honor. By doing so, you will warm their heart and create a ripple effect of kindness and goodwill.
Once you fill out the form through the link, we will take it from there! If received by April 21, 2022, the person you honor will receive an invitation to watch the free virtual Champs 2022 event.
By lifting up this individual, you too, are a champion! We will recognize both you and the person you chose to honor as champions by name on screen at the event, on our website, and in a special section of our annual report. If you provide their contact information, we would be happy to share with them your message.
Thank you! Your gift will do one more important thing: it will support students in our community.
| Carl Atkins |
Honored by Jen DeWaele
| CIS Volunteers at Parkwood Upjohn Elementary |
Honored by Angela Van Heest
I give in honor of the CIS volunteers at Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School. Their consistency, compassion and hard work inspires me.
| Patricia Coles-Chalmers |
Honored by Judy D'Arcangelis
Thank you, Pat, for being a mentor for me, a friend, and ALWAYS a champion for children and youth!
| Valerie Denghel |
Honored by John Curran
Thank you Valerie for starting First Day Shoe Fund and partnering with CIS to get new shoes to kids in Kalamazoo! Many thousands and counting…
| Guadalupe & Juanita Hernández |
Honored by Diana Hernández
Thank you for teaching us that: “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community..." -César Chávez
| Dedrenna and Isaiah Hoskins |
Honored by Dalanna Robbson
2019 Champ Award Recipients
| Deanna House |
Honored by Westwood Book Club & Friends
We are honoring the late Deanna House because of how much she enriched our lives.
| Team at James & Springgate |
Honored by Lisa Anspaugh
They work so hard every day especially during the long hours of tax season. Thank you!
| Kalamazoo Public Schools Students |
Honored by Matthew and Stephanie Van Dyke
| Tyler Kienbaum |
Honored by Julia Kuntz
Tyler is fun and so great with the kids, especially wonderful with our son Rocco, at Parkwood-Upjohn and the YMCA. We have enjoyed him being a part of our son's early school years! Thank you, Tyler!
| Tim and Joy Light |
Honored by Namita Sharma and Rex Brueggemann
Tim and Joy Light are my champions and I thank them for all they’ve done for Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo.
| Rosalie Novara |
Honored by Lauren Smirniotopoulos
Thank you, Rosalie for believing in every child's abilities - every day - and helping them believe too.
| Madelyn Panganis |
Honored by Liam Powell
In honor of my first grade teacher, Madelyn Panganis at Woods Lake Magnet School.
| Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri |
Honored by David Anderson
In honor of Dr. Raichoudhuri for leading through adversity.
| Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri |
Honored by Eric Wimbley
What you are doing will change this community forever. I am in awe of your vision and passion.
| Asusana Ramirez Flores |
Honored by James Devers
Abuela, thanks for being our family’s housing shelter, food pantry and daycare center.
| Jody Sikkema |
Honored by Melissa Best
CIS site coordinator at Hillside Middle School.
| Judge Namita Sharma |
Honored by Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri
This gift is made in honor of Judge Namita Sharma for her tireless efforts to better the lives of youth and our community at large.
Abuela, thanks for being our family’s housing shelter, food pantry and daycare center.James Devers
Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo
Honor your Champion with a gift today!
Thank you to this year's Graduate Sponsors: