Harrison’s Snowball now just a week away

Rosies from all over, 3,755 of them were at the Eastern Michigan University Yankee Air Museum on October 14th.  Rosies came from 18 states and Canada, a world record for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Rosies from all over, 3,755 of them were at the Eastern Michigan University Yankee Air Museum on October 14th. Rosies came from 18 states and Canada, a world record for the Guinness Book of World Records.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

This year’s Harrison Snowball promises to be even bigger and better than ever.

The event, their third annual Snowball Dinner Dance, will be held Saturday January 13 at the Harrison Moose Lodge at 5258 North Clare Avenue.

Committee member Maye said. “There’s so much to share.  This year our great raffle will include a metal wagon full of over 170 made in Michigan Items, a trip for two to the top of the Mackinaw Bridge or a 20 gauge Winchester pump shotgun. Tickets $5 each or 3 for $10. Need not be present to win.  First ticket drawn gets their choice of prize.” She added, “Our goal is to raise enough to purchase a third statue for the Veterans Freedom Park.”

Volunteers preparing for the Snowball January 13th include Shellie and Hunter Tessnerof Harrison;  Brenda, Derik, Caitlyn and Karen Thayer of Byron, Yvonne Kolka of Roscommon,  Vivian Stafford of Midland and Bev Thayer of Davison and Maye Tessner-Rood.

Volunteers preparing for the Snowball January 13th include Shellie and Hunter Tessnerof Harrison;  Brenda, Derik, Caitlyn and Karen Thayer of Byron, Yvonne Kolka of Roscommon,  Vivian Stafford of Midland and Bev Thayer of Davison and Maye Tessner-Rood.

An honor guard is set for 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Veterans will be introduced after dinner, then the dance begins.

Sponsorships are available: Diamond sponsors are for those donating $1,000 or more; Platinum sponsors are donations of $500; Gold sponsors are those donating $300; Silver is for $100 sponsors; Bronze sponsors for those donating $50 and Pewter sponsors for other amounts less than $50.

She said there will be 50-50 drawings, a lotto board and a great silent auction with many made-in-Michigan items.

Rosie the Riveter is a big part of the annual event. In fact participants are encouraged to come and join the fund in 1920s to 1940s outfits. “Formal attire is not required,” she said.

The event is held each year to raise money for the Veterans Freedom Park in Harrison.

Funds raised last year helped purchase the first two statues, now on display at the park. The first event helped to finish the Wall of Tears at the park which was

One of the Snowball raffle prizes is this metal trailer filled with 170 made-in-Michigan items.

One of the Snowball raffle prizes is this metal trailer filled with 170 made-in-Michigan items.

unveiled at the Grand Opening of the Veterans Freedom Park on May 25th, 2016. The Wall of Tears honors those from World War II to the present day from four counties. It contains the names of 41 veterans from Clare County, 44 from Gladwin County, 94 from Isabella County and 122 from Midland County.

“Remember, Honor, Reflect” is the motto of the park, at 200 West Main Street in Harrison. It includes a walking trail and a museum building and is located across from the County building on the corner of Broad and Main Street.

Maye is a big part of the annual Snowball event. Last year she came up with the idea for the “Rosie” fundraising campaign. Over the years Maye has been active as a volunteer. She also worked for Harrison Community Schools, at Clare County and Hayes Township before she finally (semi) retired.

When the men left for the war front during World War II they left behind vitally important factory, war production and civil service jobs. The government turned to women in a campaign called the “Women in War Jobs campaign, encouraging them to take the place of their fathers, husbands, family and friends who were fighting overseas. That’s when the Rosie the Riveter was created. She became an icon and 19 million women stepped up to the challenge.

The Veteran’s Freedom Park’s Wall of Tears includes names of those who gave their lives from Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland Counties.

The Veteran’s Freedom Park’s Wall of Tears includes names of those who gave their lives from Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland Counties.

The first year of the event, over 400 attended the Snowball in costume and the event raised $9,000 topping their goal of $2,400.

Then Rosie came on the scene last year with over 40 “Rosies” attending the 2017 Snowball.

This year on October, 14th, 20 local “Rosies” joined 3,755 more who gathered at Eastern Michigan University Yankee Air Museum. Rosies came from 18 states and Canada, earning them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

And, the Rosie Icon was put into the Michigan Hall of Fame on Oct 18th.

Mark your calendars for January 13th because you won’t want to miss this year’s fundraiser. Cost is just $15 per person and includes a roast beef dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are available at the Harrison Moose Lodge; the Clare County Veteran’s Office, the Jackpine Restaurant; the Clare County Cleaver or from May Tessner-Rood at 989-944-0075.

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