Planned Giving


What is a Planned Gift?

Planned gifts may include a variety of strategies that an individual may utilize to bequeath money and/or assets to United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit (UCP/Detroit). Most often, planned gifts are made through a will or trust; gifts that provide lifetime income to the donor like a charitable gift annuity; or gifts that protect your assets, like a retained life estate of a house or as an end-of-year cash gift. However, charitable donations can take many forms – the loose change that you drop into a bucket during the holiday season, a gift in honor or memory of someone, or a planned donation with important tax and financial implications.


Why Planned Giving?

A planned gift allows your personal values to make a lasting impact on the world; creating a ripple effect that inspires other women to join in your commitment to continue changing women’s lives one woman at a time.

Your gift ensures that UCP/Detroit will have the financial resources to provide scholarships and professional development for women today and tomorrow because planned gifts are typically arranged now and paid out later. If you are interested in providing a planned gift to UCP/Detroit, the first step is to select the right planned giving vehicle for you since a planned gift can reduce your estate and income taxes, maximize the financial and tax benefits of your gift, and potentially allow you to make a larger gift than you ever thought possible.

We recommend that you seek professional guidance from a qualified estate planning attorney or financial planner to learn which options are best for you. Ensure your legacy by contributing a planned gift to UCP/Detroit.

Types of Bequests You May Consider

  • Specific: a certain amount of cash, securities, or property.
  • General: property that is similar to all other items distributed (usually cash).
  • Percentage: a stated percentage of the donor’s estate.
  • Residual: all or a portion of what remains of the estate after specific and general bequests are distributed.
  • Contingency Gift: a gift under the terms of a will, trust or insurance policy received only if a certain event occurs or if a certain set of circumstances happen.
  • Beneficiary designation: through life insurance, IRAs, 401(k)s, annuities, and other qualified plans.

You can specify your bequests too for a specific program offered through UCP/Detroit, please send your inquiry to:


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Already Making a Difference!

“This ramp makes it so much easier to get Kiera in and out of the house. Kiera is a 10 year old girl with 3 siblings at home including her twin sister. The use of this wheelchair ramp has greatly increased Kiera’s relationship with her siblings as it creates a means for easier access in taking her out to play, for walks and bike rides.” (sent to UCP Detroit from Kiera’s mom, Latasha Montgomery)


Kiera is one example of so many who have been helped by Quick Ramps. And that is why we are working to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe to provide ramps for at least 30 other families.

There is no contribution too small. There is no contribution too large. Please, help us help so many to live a Life Without Limits!

Life Without Limits Assistive Technology Conference and Expo

On May 14, 2015 UCP/Detroit will host the 8th Annual Life without Limits through Assistive Technology Conference and Expo.  Scholarships are available for parents and persons with disabilities, just complete/return the attached form and write scholarship at the top.

Below is a list of workshops (something for everyone):

  • A Birds Eye view of Assistive Technology(infancy to Adult) – Karen Tibbs/Agnes Bellel
  • Automotive Mobility Solutions– Christine Stowers
  • Peer Mentoring– Marva Ways, Don West, Sheila Starks and Quintin Williams
  • Accessible Learning Environment– Jim Stachowiak                                                              
  • Tips and Strategies for Positioning and Seating for Children– Patricia Robinson                                     
  • Are You Ready (Emergency Preparedness)?– Doug Tibbs
  • Veterans & Mature Workers– Using Low Tech to Gain Success – Sharon Murphy
  • Navigating the AT System– A Parents Perspective – Dallo/Bellel/Blake/Brick/Fox
  • Conflict & Communication in Special Education– Charity Burke
  • Awesome Self-Regulation Strategies for Home & School (K-12)-Laura Hathaway
  • Accessing AT – An Adults Perspective– Marva Ways & Panel
  • Home Modifications-Transitions Remodeling


The Expo will include vendors that can either provide assistive technology products or help you learn to navigate the process of obtaining assistive technology products.


8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit Vendors

9-9:45 Welcome/Key Note

9:45-10:00 Break/Visit Vendors

10:00-11:00 Breakout Session

11:00-11:10 Break/Vendors

11:10am-12:10Breakout Sessions

12:15-1:00 Lunch/Vendor/Speaker

1:05-2:05 Breakout Sessions

2:10-3:00 Breakout Session

UCP Detroit 2015 AT Conf Brochure

UCP Detroit Board Member named “Dealmaker of the Year”

Gretchen Perkins is the star of the April issue of Mergers & Acquisitions, staring out at readers, her arms crossed just below the words that proclaim her “Dealmaker of the Year.”

Gretchen_PerkinsThe issue focuses on M&A‘s eighth annual midmarket awards, and Perkins is the first woman to win the top honor, which was given for two things — her role as chief deal sourcer for Detroit-based Huron Capital Partners LLC, and for serving as co-chair of the national Public Policy Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth…” (read more)

2015 Skate Without Limits

On Saturday, March 21st, 2015 the UCP Pucksters will take on the Red Wing Alumni at the annual Skate Without Limits Event. The charity game, which will benefit UCP/Detroit, is being played at the Viking Ice Arena in Hazel Park. The event will begin at 4:00 pm with a Sled Hockey exhibition featuring the Michigan Sled Dogs and then the Red Wing Alumni-UCP Pucksters game at 6:00 pm. An afterglow pizza party will follow immediately.


The Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association, which is the oldest such organization in the NHL, now plays around 30 games a year to the benefit of worthy charities. This group uses their status as former NHL players to bring people together for a common goal…to raise spirits and raise money for some wonderful organizations.
The alumni roster includes such names as John Ogrodnick, Jimmy Carson, Craig Wolanan, Petr Klima, Danny Newman, Brent Fedyk, Pat Peake and fan favorite, Mickey Redmond.

Together we have raised over $230,000 over the past 14 years for the disability community.

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This event will be a blast for hockey fans and the whole family. Admission is only $10 per person or $30 per family (max 5 members). Those 5 and under get in free. The afterglow pizza party is a $10 donation. There will also be a silent auction at the game. Everyone can participate in a 50/50 drawing or play “Chuck-A-Puck” to win prizes. The doors open at 3:30 pm to begin bidding on items.

All proceeds from this charity event will be used to assist people with disabilities and their families. UCP/ Detroit is a local non-profit advocacy organization representing the needs of all people with disabilities and their families in the Metropolitan Detroit and the Tri-County areas. Eighty-Five percent of every dollar raised from UCP special events is used for programs and services that benefit directly the people we serve.

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Purchase tickets at the door or by contacting Tamara Kincaid at at (248) 557-5070 x117 email
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“Life Without Limits Through Assistive Technology Reception, Conference & Expo”

Make sure you market he dates and make plans to attend UCP Detroit’s 8th Annual “”Life Without Limits Through Assistive Technology Reception, Conference & Expo”

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The conference, which will host a number of exciting speakers and vendors (soon to be announced), will cover Employment, Education, Home Modifications, Transportation, and much more!

To keep up on the speakers and vendors, follow us here at as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Love of the Game: Bringing 2 Young Players Together With UCP Detroit

Jake Cooper, an eighth grader at Norup International School in Oak Park, is a natural on the ice, having started playing ice hockey when he was three. Now he’s hoping his love of the game will help Mia Lewis, another eighth grader with a disability, raise funds so that she can play in a sled hockey exhibition game at the annual United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit Skate Without Limits fundraiser on March 21, 2015, at the Vikings Arena in Hazel Park.

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Now in its 15th year, the game, which pits the UCP Pucksters against Detroit Red Wings Alumni – including Mickey Redmond and John Ogrodnick – has raised more than $200,000 to help people with disabilities live life without limits. The Southfield-based UCP Detroit serves those with all types of disabilities in any way they can – education, finance, technology and equipment needs.

Mia, an eighth grader at Holmes Middle School in Livonia, MI, has Transverse Myelitis, a condition in which the covering over certain nerves in her spine are gone.

“It’s like having an electrical cord without any insulation on it,” says Lonnie Lewis, Mia’s father. Because of damage to her nerves, Mia is paralyzed from the waist down and has a very small amount of sensation in her legs but no muscle movement in them. Nevertheless, Mia is a tough competitor on the newly formed Michigan Youth Sled Hockey Program (, founded by UCP Detroit board President Mike Ward and a group of parents.

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“Mia shows people that a disability doesn’t have to hold you back from anything,” her mother, Andrea Munzenberger, says. “If you believe in yourself and are willing to stretch yourself, you can do anything.”

Andrea says that as parents, she and Lonnie have challenged Mia to push herself and do things she didn’t think she could do. “For example, when Mia was young, we challenged her to figure out how to hoist herself onto a counter-height kitchen chair. She didn’t think she could do it at first, but we were patient with her and eventually she was able to do it. It was such a great accomplishment. Mia is more independent now because of it.”


Mia also trains with the Livonia City Swim Club and has become a very strong swimmer. Someday she hopes to compete in the Paralympic games.

By signing up to play in the sled hockey exhibition game, in which players are strapped into a sled and use their upper bodies to play an intense game, Mia has committed to raise “as much money as she can,” Ward says. And Jake Cooper is intent on helping her reach her goal. The two are posted on the event website.

After emailing it to all of their friends and family, as well as handing out flyers at Jake’s school, in the first month alone, they have reached 75% of their goal.  Jake says, “Raising money for this organization means a lot to me because it involves two things I love, playing hockey and helping others. That’s why this charity event is the perfect match for me. I look forward and plan to not only raise money for next year but hope to participate in the annual sled hockey game as well.”

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“Families love the event because they are really close to the players and can even come out on the ice to toss a puck to win some Red Wing tickets. They also get to see sled hockey, which they may have never seen, played by individuals with disabilities. It is inspiring for parents and kids to see,” Ward explains.

The event begins with the Sled Dog Exhibition Game at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Pucksters V. Red Wings Alumni Game at 6:00 p.m. A Silent Auction and Afterglow Pizza Party take place throughout and after.

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Tickets cost $10 per person. A Family Pack costs $30 for up to five people. Children aged five and under are free. The Afterglow Pizza Party is $10 per person. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 248:557:5070 Ext. 154.

NHL Stars Surprise Sled Hockey Game

Back in August, the Cruisers Sledge Hockey team agreed to appear in a documentary by Gatorade. Sledge hockey, or sled hockey as it’s referred to in the United States, is an incredible sport and it’s an amazing sight to see in person. The athletes who compete are immensely talented.

The documentary would have been a great story as is, but Gatorade had another idea in mind. While the team was out on the ice, several NHL stars (Crosby, Giroux, Miller, Hartnell, Couture and MacKinnon) came out to surprise the group and join them for a sled hockey game.

The videos below are both fun and inspiring.

As you might imagine, the NHL stars needed some time to get used to playing with two smaller sticks while seated in the sled. However, within time, they actually competed pretty well.

Here’s a look at the highlights from the game:

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