Vin & Vine event

Vin & Vine event

Yoga Strong Foundation invites you to a night of relaxation and fun, combining two of life’s pleasures – Yoga and Wine! The evening will begin with an invigorating Vinyasa Yoga class followed by wine and charcuterie.

The Vin & Vine event will take place on April 27th from 6:30-8:30pm at Brighton Light House.

$25 per person; Advance ticket sales only, no walk-in’s. Use the link below to reserve your spot.

Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes

Operation: Christmas Wishes


Our foundation is partnering with BHS leadership class for Christmas Wishes. Fundraising goal is $15,000 to provide 318 kids with hats, gloves & a wishlist gift.

The Program…

Granting Wishes for: 318 kids


Fundraising Goal: $15,000


What we are doing: Providing each child with a pair of gloves, hat and a gift from their wish list. In addition, we will stock the teachers’ rooms with some wish list items for their classrooms!


Fundraising will kick off on Giving Tuesday, November 29th, 2022. Gift delivery day will be on December 15th.

What we accomplished…


Thanks to you we exceed our goal this holiday season!!

$21,000 was raised allowing us to give 323 gifts to children in need. Each child recieved a hat, gloves, coloring books and crayons. Additionally, the funds raised provide 179 kids with a pair of winter boots.

Fundraiser Photo Gallery

We have selected a Title I school in Washtenaw County to give to. Did you know? A Title I designation is given to schools with a student base where at least 40% come from low-income families. At this particular school 90% of the families are low income, 10% are homeless.

Friendsgiving 2021

Friendsgiving 2021


Join the Yoga Strong community for Friendsgiving on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 for fun event with a silent auction, located on the 2nd floor of Brewery Becker. $25 entry includes yoga class, dinner and one beer.

We hope to see you there!

A Sh*t Idea…

A Sh*t Idea…

We came up with a delicious blend of coffee and all proceeds go to the Knuth Family Foundation, what could go wrong?

Well, it turns out that sometimes I have great ideas and then there are times where I have shit ideas. 
I thought this was a GREAT idea. Let’s get a local company to create a special blend, local high school kids to do the marketing and help sell the coffee! Fast forward to the short version. The HHS kids and I set a goal to sell 1000 bags of coffee and the Tuesday night yoga crew stayed one night to pre-label all the bags! We were ready to rally!

*Spoiler alert: This is where the idea goes off the rails.*

I thought that with Hartland High School’s support behind this project, selling 1000 bags of coffee should be NO PROBLEM! After all, we’ve done crazier things like raise over $10k in two weeks to provide Christmas for 350 kids! 

So, here we are, and we’ve sold about 200 bags of coffee. Only 800 to go! 
Here’s our options:

1) Have a bonfire and burn all the labeled bags,  eat the cost and chalk it up to a shit idea.
2) We RALLY and figure out how to go viral and sell 800 bags of coffee.
3) We scrap the coffee and come up with something to fill the bags and sell that product. Side note: The only other idea we’ve come up with is  coffee flavored shortbread cookies. 

It’s really not in my DNA to throw in the towel and I like a challenge. My Tuesday night yoga crew re-inflated my sails and said I should give it another go. So, here we are!

Delicious, fresh and locally roasted coffee.
100% of proceeds benefit Knuth Family Foundation

Buy a bag or 5 so I don’t have to resort to a bonfire. 

With Love and Gratitude,
Ashley Knuth 

Fleece, Love & Yoga

Fleece, Love & Yoga


Knuth Family Foundation and Fleece and Thank You are collaborating to bring you “Fleece, Love & Yoga” ~ A special event to be hosted at 242 Community Church on April 25th, 2020, from 9am – 2pm.

This indoor yoga festival will showcase a headliner, 5 local yoga studios, healthy food and blanket making.

Best of all, we’ll be raising money to benefit Knuth Family Foundation and Fleece and Thank You

Tickets will be available for sale online beginning Friday, February 14th. 

*Early Bird pricing will only be available 2/14-2/16*


• YOGA Classes on the Main Stage all day, as well as, classes from each local studio throughout the festival.

• BLANKET MAKING with Fleece and Thank You will be included with each ticket and available from 10am-2pm. We encourage you to make a blanket, make a video and make a difference!

• FOOD & VENDORS a small group of local vendors, ranging from healthy food, organic juices, organic coffee and specialty retail items will be available throughout the festival.


*Soul Shine Yoga is teaching Work Your Asana.
*Breathe Yoga Salt is teaching a breathwork and movement meditation class.
*Divine Power Yoga is teaching a Baptiste Power Vinyasa Class
*Brighton Yoga Center is teaching Slow Flow
*My Yoga Room is teaching their Signature Yin Class



Leah Cullis

Event Date: April 25th, 2020


242 Community Church

7526 Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48114

Time: 9am – 2pm

Ticket link: 



Fleece & Thank You provides comfort and hope to children battling illness by giving the unique opportunity to create a fleece blanket and a cherished video message of support and encouragement. 60,000 children have received a blanket to date!

Knuth Family Foundation empowers kids in Southeast Michigan by way of various programs and events like: New Kicks for Kids, scholarships and stocking school food pantries. Our largest project is ‘Operation: Christmas Wishes’ which provides hundreds of low income elementary children with Christmas gifts.


Our goal is to bring joy to local kids and show them that they are loved by their community.

Operation: Christmas Wishes, 2019 Results!

Operation: Christmas Wishes, 2019 Results!


The Knuth Family Foundation collaborated with Mrs. Clarks’ Advanced Algebra class at Brighton High School to bring back the magic of Operation: Christmas Wishes. 

This program, made possible by donors and fundraising, granted Christmas Wishes to 375 preschool, kindergarten, and first graders from a Title I school selected in Washtenaw County, where at least 40% of students come from low-income families. At this particular school 90% of the families are low income, 10% are homeless.

THE IMPACT: A Christmas they won’t forget

$30 was budgeted for each child to have a “wish granted” from their Christmas list. With the generosity of our Sponsors and Donors to this program, we hit our fundraising goal! In addition to their Christmas gift, we were able to provided each student with a blanket, hat and gloves, coloring book & crayons!  

The Program 


Our fundraising goal for Christmas Wishes was exceeded by $152, raising a total of $13,277! Thank you to all of the generous Sponsors & Donors, you made it possible. 



Knuth Family Foundation does many fundraisers throughout the year. Contact us today, make a one time or recurring Donation and become a part of making a wonderful difference in student’s lives!

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Operation: Christmas Wishes

Operation: Christmas Wishes

To start off the holiday season with some warm-fuzzies, we present the 2nd Annual Operation: Christmas Wishes! The Knuth Family Foundation has collaborated with Mrs. Clarks’  Advanced Algebra class at Brighton High School to bring back the magic of Operation: Christmas Wishes. 

Mrs. Clarks’ Room is home to 22 Advanced Algebra students who will be granting the Christmas wishes of 375 preschool, kindergarten, and first graders!

Together we have selected a Title I school in Washtenaw County.  A Title I designation is given to schools with a student base where at least 40% come from low-income families. At this particular school 90% of the families are low income, 10% are homeless.

We have budgeted $35 for each child to grant a wish off of their Christmas wish list. $35 sounds small, right? But when you multiply it over 375 students, we need to raise $13,125. We know your hearts want to help as much as ours, so please donate to bring Christmas to 375 children in Washtenaw county. We know it’s a busy time of year for all, but these children have less hope than most this time of year.

Please donate by 12/13 so we know how much we have to spend per child. Santa’s elves are delivering gifts to the kids on 12/17.

Help spread the word!

Share this campaign online with your friends and family…

Food Pantry for Flex Tech High School.

Food Pantry for Flex Tech High School.

Flex Tech is a charter school in Brighton and the only Livingston County school that has a Title One designation (40% of the families/students are classified as low income).

Flex Tech does not offer a school breakfast or lunch program.

We met with a group of teachers and they asked if we could provide breakfast for their kids. Easy enough. However, we thought we could provide a snack option as well for the students who need it.

For September…

• Bring in 1 box of food to Bend & Brew yoga class ~ Get $5 OFF ONE CLASS!

• Bring in 3 boxes of food ~ Get ONE FREE YOGA CLASS!

Our food requests (NUT FREE please):

1) Granola Bars (any brand)

2) Pop Tarts

3) Single-Serve Instant Oatmeal

4) Tuna Fish Snack Packs

More ways to give.

More ways to give.

Knuth Family Foundation has registered with Amazon Smile and Kroger Rewards, so a percent of your purchases are eligible for giving to our foundation. Simply register Knuth Family Foundation as your organization of choice! Read below how to enroll for both.

You shop. Amazon gives.

Make Knuth Family Foundation your Amazon Smile charity of choice!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at

Kroger Community Rewards Program:

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program visit

Once logged into your Kroger account, search for Knuth Family Foundation either by name or CE148 and then click Enroll.

New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

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Channel 7 News: Yoga & Beer

Channel 7 News: Yoga & Beer

Recently interviewed and filmed, our weekly Bend & Brew (yoga and beer) class was featured in a news piece by Matthew Smith of Metro Detroit’s Channel 7 News on ABC.



If you’ve ever been intimidated by the idea of trying a yoga class, there’s likely a class for you. At Brewery Becker, in downtown Brighton, you’ll find 20-30 people just about every Tuesday night — you read that right, yoga in a brewery. This class is meant for beginners to serious Yoga enthusiasts.

“Check your ego at the door, come with an open mind and channel your inner 6-year old,”said Ashley Knuth, the regular instructor who walks people through one-hour of poses at 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

“Come as you are, not as you think you should be.”

Bend & Brew is a regularly scheduled event with a portion of proceeds given to Athletic Scholarships via the Knuth Family Foundation.

Please join us at Brewery Becker for Beer & Yoga, open to the public.

Mat, Miles & Mugs

Mat, Miles & Mugs

Registration now open for “Mat, Miles & Mugs” an athletic fundraising event hosted by the Knuth Family Foundation at Brewery Becker. Register before Before May 1st for just $39.00. Registration after May 1st for $49. Your entry includes a commemorative beer mug, yoga, miles, lunch and one beer ticket.

Event Date: May 18, 2019 from 11am-2pm


10:30am-11am: Check-in! Beer mug and beer ticket pick up in the lobby of Brewery Becker.

Packet pick-up will be available the week before the event at Running Lab on Main Street in Brighton.

11am-12pm: Yoga taught by Allison Mertz on the 2nd & 3rd floor of Brewery Becker.

Bring your own yoga mat. 

(Bar opens at Noon)

12pm: Miles! 1 mile and 3 mile option coordinated by Running Lab. Go at your own pace- it’s not a race! 

Beer and food to follow!

Your entry includes a commemorative beer mug, yoga, miles, lunch and one beer ticket.

*Plan ample time for parking*

This event is a fundraiser for the Knuth Family Foundation.

Coffee Project

Coffee Project

Yoga Strong Foundation, Good Sense Coffee and Hartland High School have pooled our talents together to bring you “Fuel for your Soul” a unique blend of locally roasted coffee.  This coffee has a higher purpose: not only does it taste amazing, every bag of coffee raises money for our foundation’s initiatives.

This foundation offers Livingston County Scholarships and gives Livingston County kids the opportunity to connect with low income schools and make a difference in their lives through the Christmas Wishes project, as well as other programs that empower youth in Southeast Michigan. 

Fuel for the Soul label

Good Sense Coffee roasted this 100% Organic, fair trade blend.  Hartland High School students created the brand, including the logo, and are assisting with the social media marketing.  We are making a difference in Livingston County with programs like this!

Good Sense Coffee, Fuel for the Soul label offers 100% of proceeds donated to Yoga Strong Foundation

Product description

Fuel For The Soul is a blend of South American, Mexican and African coffees blended and roasted in Brighton, Michigan. This is a “Medium” roast blend and was designed to have a wide flavor profile. This coffee shows nutty and earthy tones from the Mexican Coffee, wine and citrus tones from the South American coffee and a bright berry and floral note from the African coffee. It is 100% Organic, is fair trade and our Mexican coffee comes from our Woman coffee producers program which was designed to support and empower woman to pursue their passion for coffee and allow them to provide for their families through coffee farming.

Tasting Notes: Raw Cocoa, almond, winey, citric, blueberry. 


100% of proceeds benefit the Yoga Strong Foundation.