THE JAMIE DANIELS FOUNDATION NAMES CHRIS PERRY AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DETROIT, May 10, 2021 – The Jamie Daniels Foundation, an initiative of The Children’s Foundation, announced today that Chris Perry has joined the organization as executive director.

Perry was most recently with United Way for Southeastern Michigan where he served in a variety of C-suite positions. Prior to shifting to the non-profit sector Perry worked in automotive, first with Isuzu and Hyundai in California, and then General Motors in Michigan.

“Chris’s experience with several key organizations in the community will bring great value to the Jamie Daniels Foundation efforts,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of The Children’s Foundation.

In this role, Chris will work in conjunction with the Jamie Daniels Foundation co-founders Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman and the Board of Trustees on the development and execution of strategic partnerships, as well as maintaining responsibility for the organization’s philanthropic efforts.

“I’m honored to be appointed the first executive director of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and I look forward to building on the momentum that has already been established” Perry said.

Perry currently serves as an advisory board member for Samaritan’s Feet International, has previously served as a board member for United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the GM Foundation, is the former board chair of Beyond Basics, former governor of Opportunity International and has served as a member of the JDRF Marketing Committee.

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About the Jamie Daniels Foundation

In 2018, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman established the Jamie Daniels Foundation in memory of their late son, Jamie, who died from an overdose at the age of 23 while receiving treatment for a Substance Use Disorder. Despite the support of his family, Jamie’s life was tragically lost due to substandard care and the predatory practices that exist in the billion-dollar substance use recovery business. Their hope is to save others’ lives by providing education, resources, guidance and support to those struggling with substance use or know someone who is. The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children and families. With an area of focus on mental health, The Children’s Foundation is collaborating with the Jamie Daniels Foundation to lead children and families on a path to a happier, healthier future.  Learn more at www.JamieDanielsFoundation.org.

About The Children’s Foundation

The Children’s Foundation is a premier foundation focused on the health and well-being of the children of Michigan and their families by working in collaboration with other organizations in the community.  By listening to community needs The Foundation responds by mobilizing and enhancing resources through innovative partnerships and funding models. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 70 million dollars in grant funding to more than 120 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation, First Tee- Greater Detroit and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at www.YourChildrensFoundation.org.

The Power (Play) of $40: Red Wings fans rally to raise funds for the Jamie Daniels Foundation

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It is no secret that our beloved Detroit Red Wings had been in a power play slump, unable to score on a short-handed opposing team for 40 consecutive attempts. But because the Wings have the best fans in the world, Hockeytown rallied to turn their team’s predicament into a good cause, raising nearly $15,000 for the Jamie Daniels Foundation!

Embodying the spirit of Detroit, a Reddit member of the Detroit Red Wings subreddit at username u/Denver_Law14, suggested members provide a group donation to the Jamie Daniels Foundation based on the Red Wings power play woes. For each missed power play opportunity, fans would donate $1. The foundation was chosen in support of Red Wings Lead Announcer, Ken Daniels who is a co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and started the initiative with Jamie’s mother, Lisa Daniels-Goldman, after losing their son to an overdose in 2016.

Jamie Daniels Foundation Power Play Challenge! from r/DetroitRedWings

The idea was then brought to Twitter by Prashanth Iyer, who is also the co-host of Wings For Breakfast podcast from The Athletic Detroit, on Friday, February 26. From there it went viral with the effort being discussed on several popular podcasts and radio stations. 

On Saturday, February 27 in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Red Wings’ Christian Djoos finally broke the team’s power play slump. As a result, more than 280 individual donations were made to the Jamie Daniels Foundation in the average amount of $40.

This generous grass-roots campaign is representative of the heart of Detroit and comradery of the Red Wings community, which has been incredibly supportive of the foundation and the Annual Celebrity Roast. Not only has this power play push raised important funds, but because of its momentum, it has raised awareness about Substance Use Disorder and our message at the Jamie Daniels Foundation which will inevitably make a difference for so many. 

With Hockeytown’s support, we can continue working toward ending the stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder, provide substance use prevention support, and resources to individuals in recovery. Thank you to all those who were involved in this compelling act of generosity. Together, we can do more. LGRW!

If you’d like to make a gift to the Jamie Daniels Foundation, please click here.

Co-Founders, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman, provide foundation update on Crain’s Detroit

In an interview with The Children’s Foundation President & CEO, Larry Burns, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman, co-founders of Jamie Daniels Foundation share how they are channeling the tragic loss of their son, Jamie, into providing support for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder.

During their conversation, the co-founders recapped the Second Annual Celebrity Roast and discussed a variety of grant projects funded by Jamie Daniels Foundation that are providing programming and resources for those struggling with Substance Use Disorder and destigmatizing the mental health conditions associated with it.

Ken and Lisa also discussed a collaboration with the state of Michigan, to build an 80-unit apartment complex that will support those in recovery. The recovery housing will provide job training and financial literacy classes along with health and wellness programs. 

Click here to view the full conversation and learn more details of this project.

During a year of setbacks, we were inspired to do more.

The year 2020 has many reasons to be remembered. It has been unique and unprecedented, presenting a host of challenges for most everyone – especially those struggling with Substance Use Disorder. But this setback has driven us to do more.

It has reminded us how important it is to turn our tragic loss into formidable change for others – to spread Jamie’s story and our foundation’s message, and to continue supporting community organizations doing essential work to provide preventative programming, guidance and services to those struggling with Substance Use Disorder and recovery.

With your support, we have persisted among unusual circumstances establishing a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund granting more than $30,000 to directly support organizations helping individuals suffering with Substance Use Disorder. Read stories about those impacted, here.

This is in addition to our grant support of the Michigan State University Collegiate Recovery Program and Leaders Advancing Healthy Communities – each prioritizing college and high school students in supportive or preventative capacities.

We also successfully hosted our Second Annual Celebrity Roast, transitioning to a virtual and televised format, with guest of honor Scotty Bowman which raised more than $255,000! You can catch a recap on our website with featured guests including Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, JK Simmons, Jim Leyland, Dick Vitale and several of the Red Wings players who won Stanley Cups while being coached by Bowman.

The year 2020 has made us more thankful than ever before of your continued support. It is because of you, we are doing more to create change and help individuals and families have fulfilling and healthy lives. Thank you for following along with us on this journey – we wish you a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman, Co-Founders

Jamie Daniels Foundation second annual Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman raises more than $250,000

Funds raised support the Foundation’s mission to end the stigma around substance use disorder

The Jamie Daniels Foundation (JDF), an initiative of The Children’s Foundation, is pleased to announce that its second annual Celebrity Roast of the NHL’s winningest coach Scotty Bowman raised more than $250,000 in support from sponsors and donors. Proceeds will support the Foundation’s efforts to end the stigma associated with substance use disorder and provide the guidance and resources needed so that lives can be saved.

This year’s Roast, presented by Delta Dental, was televised and live streamed on October 14 via FOX Sports Detroit and later aired on the NHL Network. Appearances from Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, JK Simmons, Jim Leyland, Dick Vitale and several of the Red Wings players who won Stanley Cups while being coached by Bowman created a night of laughter and entertainment.

The event also included an online silent auction featuring a variety of collectors’ items and one-of-a-kind experiences that raised more than $40,000.

Ken Daniels, lead announcer for the Detroit Red Wings, and Lisa Daniels-Goldman founded JDF in memory of their late son who struggled with substance use disorder.

“We’re thrilled with the outcome of our event. The Jamie Daniels Foundation was established to help raise awareness and funds for those battling substance use disorder, while dispelling the stigma that surrounds the issue,” shared Lisa Daniels-Goldman, JDF co-founder.  “Having to pivot to a virtual event this year, we exceeded our expectations and couldn’t have done that without the continued support of our very generous sponsors and donors,” added Ken Daniels.

Together with The Children’s Foundation, JDF’s long-term goal is to build long-term safe affordable housing for those in recovery. Through a collaboration with the State of Michigan, this state-of-the-art approach creates a permanent supportive housing model.  This apartment complex will utilize a holistic path to recovery, incorporating job training and financial literacy classes.  JDF is looking forward to how this novel treatment method will promote health and wellness in the community.

“On behalf of The Children’s Foundation and as a proud Board Member of the Jamie Daniels Foundation, I am thankful for the success of this event especially considering the unusual circumstances we are facing,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of The Children’s Foundation.  “Those who supported the Roast have helped to create a tremendous impact on our community.”

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About the Jamie Daniels Foundation

In 2018, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman established the Jamie Daniels Foundation in honor of their late son, Jamie, who died from an overdose at the age of 23 while receiving treatment for a Substance Use Disorder. Despite the support of his family, Jamie’s life was tragically lost due to substandard care and the predatory practices that exist in the billion-dollar substance use recovery business. Their hope is to save others’ lives by providing education, resources, guidance and support to those struggling with substance use or know someone who is. The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children and families. With an area of focus on mental health, The Children’s Foundation is collaborating with the Jamie Daniels Foundation to lead children and families on a path to a happier, healthier future.  Learn more at www.JamieDanielsFoundation.org.

About The Children’s Foundation:

The Children’s Foundation, an independent community foundation for children, is the largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of children in the state of Michigan and beyond. Through fundraising, grant-making and advocacy The Children’s Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health and wellness. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 60 million dollars in grant funding to more than 100 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at www.YourChildrensFoundation.org.

Jamie Daniels Foundation to host the Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman

The second annual event will support the Foundation’s mission to end the stigma around substance use disorder

Detroit, MI October 6, 2020 – The Jamie Daniels Foundation (JDF) is preparing for its second annual Celebrity Roast with the NHL’s winningest coach Scotty Bowman as the target of jokes and toasts. Rather than hosting an in-person event, the program will be televised on October 14 at 8pm EST on FOX Sports Detroit and will also be available for online streaming at foxsports.com/Detroit. Viewers will be able to make instant online donations to the Foundation while watching on TV or online.

In addition to calling attention to the growing grip of substance use disorder in our society, especially during this pandemic, the program will also feature of laughs and entertainment a with a star-studded line-up of appearances including Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, JK Simmons, Jim Leyland, Dick Vitale and several of the Red Wings players who won Stanley Cups while being coached by Bowman.

The event also includes a silent auction which is currently live, online, for bidding. Featured items include the opportunity to golf with Mickey Redmond, an Alaskan fly-fishing trip, an autographed Red Wings Tyler Bertuzzi jersey and more. Also, during the televised and streamed event The Steven Page Trio, led by former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page, will perform their song “Looking for Light.”

The Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman is presented by Delta Dental.  “No matter where you live, no matter what your business and no matter your income, the opioids crisis affects you,” said Margaret Trimer, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. “The widespread misuse of these lethal drugs, the ignorance about their addictive nature and the predatory practices of some medical professionals undermine families, cost businesses and take a toll on our community. Delta Dental is involved so we can engage our employees, customers, providers and the general public in solutions.”

Proceeds raised during The Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman will support JDF’s efforts to end the stigma associated with substance use disorder and provide the guidance and resources needed so that lives can be saved. In collaboration with The Children’s Foundation, JDF’s long-term goal is to build long term safe affordable housing for those in recovery as part of a collaboration with the State of Michigan. A facility like this will improve access to trustworthy substance use disorder treatment and recovery services in Metro Detroit. 

Ken Daniels, lead announcer for the Detroit Red Wings, and Lisa Daniels-Goldman founded JDF in memory of their late son who struggled with substance use disorder. “They say the show must go on, and that’s what we are doing with our 2020 virtual Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman,” said Lisa Daniels-Goldman. “As the Covid-19 global pandemic continues, so does the nation’s opioid epidemic. At the Jamie Daniels Foundation, providing resources, support and education is essential. We continue to be committed to overcoming the social stigma of substance use disorder.”

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About the Jamie Daniels Foundation

In 2018, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman established the Jamie Daniels Foundation in honor of their late son, Jamie, who died from an overdose at the age of 23 while receiving treatment for a Substance Use Disorder. Despite the support of his family, Jamie’s life was tragically lost due to substandard care and the predatory practices that exist in the billion-dollar substance use recovery business. Their hope is to save others’ lives by providing education, resources, guidance and support to those struggling with substance use or know someone who is. The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children and families. With an area of focus on mental health, The Children’s Foundation is collaborating with the Jamie Daniels Foundation to lead children and families on a path to a happier, healthier future.  Learn more at www.JamieDanielsFoundation.org.

About The Children’s Foundation:

The Children’s Foundation, an independent community foundation for children, is the largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of children in the state of Michigan and beyond. Through fundraising, grant-making and advocacy The Children’s Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health and wellness. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 60 million dollars in grant funding to more than 100 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at www.YourChildrensFoundation.org.

Recap: #MIRecoveryChat discusses prevention, signs and treatment of Substance Use Disorder

On Thurs., September 24, Jamie Daniels Foundation hosted its first Twitter Chat to bring together organizations and providers to discuss important topics related to Substance Use Disorder, including how it affects individuals, their families and how those impacted can seek help.

Highlights from the conversation are available below; click the question to read all corresponding responses or visit #MIRecoveryChat on Twitter for a complete review.

Thank you to Delta Dental of Michigan for supporting this Twitter Chat. Delta Dental of Michigan is the presenting sponsor for the Jamie Daniels Foundation Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman which will take place on October 14 at 8pm on FOX Sports Detroit. For more information, click here.


Question 1: The stigma around Substance Use Disorder (SUD) often prevents families from discussing the topic or taking the steps necessary to treat it. What are common misconceptions about SUD?

  • Michigan State University Collegiate Recovery (MSU CRC): The misconception that people with Substance Use Disorder have a stereotyped look or behavior (i.e. homeless, track marks) leads some to deny a SUD diagnosis. Particularly when the culture is supportive of substance use (like in college communities) it can be a barrier to accessing help.
  • Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC): A big misconception is that talking about substance use introduces it to youth, and this makes families reluctant to bring it up. The reality is that letting people know about substances and the real impacts it has, is more effective in preventing their use!

Question 2: What are signs that a loved one may be struggling with SUD? How can family or friends begin a conversation about recovery?

  • Anthony Muller, Samaritas: A well worded question! “Begin a conversation about recovery.” It is often a long-term process. Utilize your relationship to be honest and direct as you share the behaviors you are seeing and your genuine concern.  Know your teen, observe and be curious. SUD is incredibly common. Look for changes and trust your gut enough to check things out when things don’t seem right.
  • LAHC: Friends & family can begin this conversation by BEING THERE! People suffering with a SUD may feel ashamed/embarrassed because it is such a stigmatized topic. So offering non-judgemental, REAL support is a great first step.

Question 3: The #COVID19 pandemic has created new obstacles for those suffering with SUD. How have #recovery programs adapted to address this environment?

  • Susan Styf, CARE of Southeastern Michigan: CARE of Southeastern Michigan began offering programs in smaller group sizes, some programs are on a virtual platform and others are being held outside.
  • LAHC: For certain individuals, adapting to a virtual platform may be achievable, but for others it could be really difficult. Having those smaller groups that can abide to pandemic rules are essential to those who thrive in social settings
  • MSU CRC: We have encountered this with our students, as well. Our CRC has been providing hybrid online/in-person services to the greatest extent possible for this reason.

Question 4: What obstacles do families face when considering treatment options for SUD? What resources are available to overcome those challenges?

  • Anthony Muller, Samaritas: There are obstacles but don’t give up hope. Due to the low numbers of adolescents in treatment (8% of those who need it), there are not always programs available, especially the more intensive programs. If you can’t find help, talk to your pediatrician, insurance company and/or your local Community Mental Health. We are working on an online treatment option for intensive services that could be utilized.
  • Susan Styf: A common obstacle is knowing all the options available for treatment. A CARE of Southeastern Michigan peer recovery coach can help navigate the options. This is free to the community.

Question 5: What do you wish everyone could know about substance use disorder?

  • Anthony Muller. Samaritas: If you or someone you love is struggling with an SUD you are not alone! Research shows that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover!
  • MSU CRC: Recovery is one of the hardest things a person can do, involving consistent work & entire life changes. SUD is a chronic brain disease. SUD relapse rate is same as other chronic illnesses (hypertension, asthma) & requires renewed intervention not blame/shame.

Empowering individuals in recovery to focus on sobriety during COVID-19

“My six-month-old son and I live in transitional housing. I have been unable to work because of COVID-19 and need help to pay rent. Living here gives me accountability, a greater support network and exponential opportunities. Before living here, I was living with my mother who is actively using – it was very hard to focus on my recovery. I do not want to have to go back to a toxic environment because I can’t afford my rent.”

This is the personal story of a young woman named Sandra* who submitted a scholarship application in seek of financial support to Families Against Narcotics of Washtenaw County (Washtenaw FAN). Though she expected a stimulus check and applied for unemployment and other government assistance, she had yet to see any of it in her bank account.

The ongoing pandemic has created similar predicaments for many others like Sandra – all feeling the financial stress, all worried it will affect their sobriety, all hoping for a solution. Fortunately, these individuals could turn to Washtenaw FAN to help them through a difficult situation.

In April, Washtenaw FAN President Mario Nanos and his team awarded individuals in recovery with $10,000 worth of transitional housing scholarships so they can focus on maintaining sobriety; this was made possible thanks to an emergency grant from the Jamie Daniels Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Nearly 40 individuals were awarded approximately $250 – about half the average cost of one month’s housing.

“In effect, these small stipends impacted many more than 40 individuals,” Nanos said. “Helping people to focus on recovery has implications for not only themselves, but their spouses, children and loved ones.”

Maintaining sobriety is hard work, especially during the ongoing crisis when the level of difficulty to do this has gone up appreciatively. Now more than ever, these individuals need the support and coaching provided at transitional living. It is the best place for them to be.

“We are grateful to Jamie Daniels Foundation for allowing us to help Sandra and others like her in recovery,” Nanos said. “This little bit of money is going a long way. It is not just financial reassurance, it is empowerment – it is giving these individuals hope and faith that no matter how tough things get, everything will be okay.”

*Name has been changed to protect identity

Teletherapy enables breakthroughs for kids struggling with sobriety

Samaritas knew there was a need for teletherapy for teens in fosters homes struggling with Substance Use Disorders during the COVID-19 crisis. However, they did not expect to see such outstanding progress.

It turns out, screen-time has made the difference for many clinicians working with adolescents via teletherapy – just like it has for Brandon*.

The seventeen-year-old who is ready to age out of foster care has a history of using narcotics and alcohol. Life simply has not been easy for him. At age six, Brandon was placed into foster care after his single mother was incarcerated. He has moved seven times since then – falling behind academically and socially. As a result, Brandon has anxiety and anger to work through which has prevented him from developing the necessary coping skills to maintain long-term sobriety.

Shelter-in-place days have isolated Brandon, making it difficult for him to find the motivation to resist using. But a breakthrough started to occur when he was provided with a tablet to receive teletherapy support from Samaritas.

“It seems Coronavirus broke the screen-time debate.” said Kelli Dobner, chief advancement officer at Samaritas, a faith-based organization that helps children find loving families and empowers them to live their fullest lives.

“Adolescents are so used to being on a screen to communicate with people that it has made all the difference in their sessions with clinicians – teletherapy has allowed kids to open up in ways they weren’t before.”

For Brandon, the counseling is working. He is talking about past traumas, expressing feelings, identifying triggers and working to develop coping skills. His personal motivation to stay sober is present and he is finally experiencing the growth necessary to maintain sobriety.

With a $10,000 grant from the Jamie Daniels Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, Samaritas purchased 20 devices and necessary software to distribute to Brandon and his peers living at foster homes or with families in rural areas.

“Kids who have been feeling hopeless and struggling to find their way are making incredible strides in a short amount of time. We aren’t at the finish line – they still have a lot to work through, but we are so happy that this form of therapy has finally sparked a transformation for them.”

As Dobner and her team look to the other side of the COVID-19 crisis, they are taking what they’ve learned during the last few months and planning to blend teletherapy and in-person visits.

“The opportunity to implement teletherapy has been such a blessing and we intend to keep the conversation going about its many benefits as we work to help kids heal and become successful adults.”

*Name has been changed to protect identity