In addition to being well-known for their great butcher shop and restaurants, Ray and Mary Knight were also recognized as generous neighbors who had a passion for giving back to the community they loved and helping others in need. This tradition continues to be embraced and enthusiastically carried on by the current generations of the Knight family. In 2016, Don and Angela Knight suggested starting a non-profit organization that would provide education-related funding to children in need. The family wholeheartedly supported the idea, and the Ray and Mary Knight Scholarship Fund was created in honor of the business founders.
Recently, the scholarship fund donated $60,000 to help homeless students in Washtenaw County. The funds were provided to the Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s Education Project for Homeless Youth. The project helps homeless students enroll, attend and succeed in school. It serves students up to 21 years old, including those living in shelters, motels, cars and abandoned houses, as well as those living doubled-up temporarily with friends or family.
What it Does
The Ray and Mary Knight Scholarship Fund helps kids take advantage of educational opportunities that they could not otherwise afford. Scholarships are awarded in three areas:
• Arts • Athletics • Academics
There are very few limitations within these areas, as long as the need is real, and it is a worthy pursuit. It could be for a musical instrument or sculpting equipment, football camp tuition or wrestling equipment, a science fair project or microscope, or an unlimited number of other things. As a general guideline, scholarships are in the $1,000 - $1,500 range. The goal is to help kids do good things that aid in their education and development.
How it is Funded
The Ray and Mary Knight Scholarship Fund raises its scholarship funds from special events and individual or business donations. An annual golf outing has been especially effective. It is a perennial sell-out and raises many thousands of dollars each year. The Knight’s Restaurants’ and Market’s extended family of loyal customers, employees and suppliers are key to the success of the fundraising activities. They bring extraordinary commitment and generosity.
“We are so pleased to be able to help kids take part in valuable education-related activities. This community is deeply important to everyone in our family. What could be better than giving back by helping kids in need with their education? We sincerely thank everyone who makes it possible.”
- Angela Knight
How You Can Help
Of course, all donations are much appreciated. If you are interested in helping in other ways, please provide the information requesting in the form below, and we will be in touch. Thank you!