2023 Recipients: The Maag Family

2022 Recipients: The Stinson Family

2021 Recipients: The Salter Family

2020 Recipients: The Koenig Family

2018: Therapy Dog

The Louie R. Merlo Foundation (LMRF) makes its first donation, a $15,000 gift to The University of Michigan Pediatric Palliative Care Program Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Brighton, Michigan. The foundation was established by Nancy and Ray Merlo, owners of the Brighton Equestrian Club (BEC), in their son’s memory, for the purpose of gifting life luxuries to families with severely impaired children. The donation will be used, in part, to sponsor a therapy dog to bring joy and inspiration to young patients and their families. Pictured (clockwise from bottom) Fawn the U-M Therapy Dog; Spiritual Care Provider Rachel Brownson; U-M Clinical Nurse Consultant Maureen Giacomazza; BEC President Nancy Merlo; LMRF Board Chairperson Ray Merlo; U-M Pediatric Palliative Care patient Stella Pantelas. (Photo by Steve Fecht)

Louie R. Merlo Foundation
8505 Terra Bella Rd., Northvillle MI 48168