A Northern Tradition tops $100K mark

May 1, 2014

The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation raised over $100,000 at its thirteenth annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition last Sunday evening.

A Northern Tradition is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. In thirteen years, it has raised over $1.2 Million.

The event, which was once again held at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, raises money for the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation.  The proceeds from this event allow the Foundation to support the College’s services to the community through scholarships, program development, improved facilities, and programs for at-risk youth.

About 800 attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local food vendors.  The event also featured special guest Dave Rozema, who played on the Championship 1984 Tigers baseball team.

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, which was donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and an exclusive print by artist Kim Kleinhardt, who signed prints at the event.

Todd Diederich of Harrison was the big winner at the annual Northern Tradition raffle. He won a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s.

“The community really stepped forward to support the college again this year,” said Matt Miller, MMCC Foundation Director.  “Jay’s Sporting Goods can’t be thanked enough – this event wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their generosity.  We’re also indebted to the individual and corporate sponsors, those who provided the food and beverages, the ticket salespeople, the many volunteers, and those who purchased a ticket.”

A large portion of the $100,000 raised came from 95 sponsorships by local businesses and community members.

“We’re very pleased with the community’s enthusiastic support for the College’s Foundation and its goals,” said Miller.  “We strive to provide a valuable service to the community and we truly appreciate their support of those efforts.”

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