About Friends Gift Shops

Friends is a board-governed, volunteer-staffed, non-profit community organization that administers and manages four Michigan Medicine Gift Shops. Since 1959, Friends has been a partner of the U-M Health System, helping to promote the health, welfare and education of our community.

Gifts, magazines, cosmetics, candy, toys, games, books, cards, clothing, flowers and more can be purchased at the gift shops. The revenue generated from these shops provides funds for patient education programs, patient and family programs and more.

Make a Gift

Donations are also welcome. To make a gift online click on the button below.

Navy blue rectangle with Give Online to Friends in white text with Friends in maize


Contact Us

Friends Gift Shops

Office Fax: 734-936-5971

Friends Advisory Board

Waitzy Brown, Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant
Email: waitzyb@med.umich.edu
Office hours: Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon


Officers and Board Members

2021 Directors and Officers

  • President: Lillian Path
  • President Elect: Julie Piazza
  • President Emeritus: Jenny Carpenter
  • Secretary: Anna Fournier
  • Treasurer: Debra Burrum
  • Vice President of Gift Shops (Co): Michelle Sanford
  • Social Services: Katie Schneider
  • Communications: Karen Stern
  • Programs (Co): Michelle Sanford  
  • Members at Large:  David Betz, Lori Bukoski, Christina Hayes, Leslie Kamil, Virginia Nelson, Lisa Roberts, Stephanie Rakes-Colvin, Stephanie Sarna and Angela Wright

Non-Voting Members

  • Alfreda Rooks, MPA, Community Programs & Services Director, Administrative Advisor
  • Robert Newman, MIchigan Medicine Friends Gift Shops Manager
  • Waitzy Brown, Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant