The Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation was established by morning personality Johnny Burke, to help children in unfortunate situations. Media personalities often encounter kids in need of expensive medical treatment or equipment, kids who have lost their parents or have other challenges. The goal of the Foundation is to help these kids by raising money through out the year with a series of fun events…ensuring the immediate availability of funds in times of need.

Since 1996, the JBCF has distributed over a million dollars to kids who needed it; helping families find shelter, buying human hair wigs for kids who’ve lost their hair, purchasing computers for autistic learning programs, paying for back-to-school backpacks–fighting truancy, and providing scholarships to special summer camp programs for special children, to name only a few.

Recently, we've also begun an effort to encourage our youth to pursue a high-tech future.  Through a grant from AT&T, the JBCF gave out over $15,000 in  financial aid to anyone who needed it in order to attend science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) summer camps. It is our goal to benefit the youth, and our future communities, through this program. In the end, we hope to inspire our kids to stay in school and help us bring industry to our area, by offering a young, educated, high-tech workforce.

This past year, we also recognized that, due to budget cuts, many educators were having to dig into their own pockets to supply their classrooms with everything kids need to keep them learning. The JBCF gave out over $6000 to area teachers for that purpose.


  • Crabby Clam & Lobster Fest – October 7 & 8, 2016


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October 7th and 8th… it’s the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation’s 20th & FINAL “Crabby” Clam & Lobster Fest presented by Catholic Federal Credit Union, Schaefer & Bierlein, & AlphaMedia.  The event takes place again this year at Frankenmuth River Place Shops!

Don’t miss the fun!  King Crab, Clam, Lobster and BBQ Chicken. At the Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 South Main Street.

Friday, October 7, from 3pm to midnight.
Saturday, October 8, from 11am to 10pm.

Play Plinko with the Frankenmuth Fine Arts Council! Thanks to Future Vision Satellite of Saginaw we’ll be showing baseball & college football on Dish Network. Dinners start at $12*.  There will be a 6 oz. lobster tail dinner, 1/2 bbq chicken dinner, dozen steamed clams dinner, 2 brat dinner, and king crab leg dinner.  All dinners include: clam chowder, corn, coleslaw, New York “salt potatoes”, roll & butter, coffee, iced tea or lemonade.  There will also be a cash bar, and 50/50 drawings every hour. On stage, Schaefer & Bierlein present, The RockShow (FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT-70's, 80′s and Journey tributes), Three Men & a Tenor, One Track Mind, Jim McKeith, and Dave & Andy Dalton. Friday Night Alpha Media & 94.5 The Moose present Steve Armstrong & the 25cent Beer Band, Followed by The RockShow.  Cool2Duel presented by Rasmussen Trucking Saturday evening. 

 *dinner prices subject to change due to seafood price fluctuations

Hope to see you at River Place Shops on October 7th and 8th!

If you would like to volunteer to work the festival, simply click the link on the right side of this page, and fill out the form.  The Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation thanks you in advance.