The Dearborn Goodfellows have been assisting needy Dearborn children since the 1920’s! Established as The Good Cheer club in 1922, our name was changed and incorporated as the Dearborn Goodfellows in 1938. Since then, the Goodfellows have gone through name changes, incorporated, and are recognized as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.
The Dearborn Goodfellows are led by Officers elected at our annual meeting along with a Board of Directors representing a wide spectrum of the Dearborn community. No Officer or Director is paid or compensated. 100% of our proceeds go toward addressing and satisfying the needs of Dearborn’s children.
Working with the Dearborn Public School system, the Goodfellows compile a list of needy Dearborn children to receive Christmas gift packages appropriate for boys and girls age 2 to 11 years.
Throughout the year, the Godfellows are there for extreme hardships and emergencies effecting Dearborn children. These situations often require reaching out to other charitable and community partners, with whom we work closely.
The Dearborn Goodfellows are supported by two main fundraising events; the annual Holiday papers sales and our fall spectacular, Smoke on the Grill. We also take donations and contributions throughout the year.
Our goal is simple: to provide for the immediate needs of Dearborn’s children and generate enough revenue to cover our annual cost.
Holiday paper sales exemplify this goal. Printing and selling papers for donations, our volunteers significantly contribute to our annual revenue. With the generous support of our community leaders and sponsors, 100% of the proceeds generated through paper sales returns to the Goodfellows to ensure that no Dearborn child in need goes without a Christmas!
In addition, the Goodfellows host our annual Smoke on the Grill fundraiser in the early fall of each year. Through the generous sponsorship of the Dearborn Federal Savings Bank as our host, numerous business and community leaders come together for fellowship and fundraising. Highlighting this event is a raffle with donated prizes in 2011 exceeding $7,000! In keeping with the tradition of late Dearborn Mayor, Michael Guido, Smoke on the Grill proceeds are shared with the Dearborn Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).