MMCC BBQ raises $20K for scholarships

By Genine Hopkins

Mid Michigan Community College’s Annual Fall BBQ hit a high note, serving 1,496 meals and it is expected to raise roughly $20,000 for student scholarships.  Attendance was down slightly due to the cold, rainy skies – almost 600 meals down from last year – but overall since many tickets are purchased in advance, the college still expects to hit their target.

Clare County’s Animal Shelter brought “Last Chance” adoptable pets, many of whom found forever homes at the event.  All of the kittens, along with several of the adult cats, were carried away to their new families.

The healthcare component continued to grow, offering information on nutrition, health improvement and other helpful topics from a number of health organizations including the Central Michigan District Health Department.

Of course the Glen’s truck was front and center.  The Spartan retail giant that includes Family Fare and Valu Land donates both food and volunteers for the event, and the meal itself was delicious as usual.  As attendees made their way through the lines for their meal, they were greeted by MMCC employees and often their family, local dignitaries, and other familiar faces. 

Preparation for the meal begins very early, and you can’t forget the numerous cooks who slaved over hot pots, BBQ grills and the like to make sure every meal was perfect.

The Timber Trail Trot continues to grow.  Despite the fact that Mother Nature wasn’t terribly cooperative, registration and participation were both up, with 148 pre-registration runner – up from 115 runners last year – and there were additional races on schedule as well, with the addition of the half marathon and 10 K runs. The results are as follows:

Half Marathon:  Susi Rook, 61, of Holt, Michigan, took the top title of “Female Master” with a total time of 2:21:51.9.  Paul Aufdemberge, 48, of Redford, Michigan, took the “Male Master” title with a time of 1:32:29.7.  Two local Gladwin teens took the top place for females, 15 to 19 years of age, with Alex Cameron, 15, (time 2:32:40.2) and Shania Paisley, 17, (time 2:32:40.8) taking the top two slots for that age group.

For the 10K run, Christina Irwin, 44, of Reese, Michigan, took top Female Master title, with a total time of 1:01:46.7, and Greg Mills, 52, of Bellaire, Michigan, taking Male Master title with a total time of 51:18.0.  Jack Pellerito, 14, of Gladwin, took the number one spot for males under 14 with a time of 51:32.8, and Jennifer Borton, 19, of Vestaburg, MI (time 1:06.09.4)  grabbing first finish and Jennifer Suhan, 18, of Harrison taking the second top female under 19 title (time 1:14:16.3).

Local runners made some great finishes for the 5K run.  Lisa Walworth, 48, of Farwell, MI, took Female Master Title with a time of 27:06.2, and Randy Yuncker, 47, of Weidman, taking Male Master with a total time of 20:18.2.   Harrison’s own Zachary Taylor finished first among males under 14 years of age, finishing 18 overall, with a total time of 27:34.9, and Michael Rodgers III of Farwell finishing 26 overall (in a field of 64 runners!) and Travis Taylor finishing 31st overall.

For full results, you can visit the MMCC website at, and click on Community, then Foundation.  The Half Marathon began at 8 a.m., giving runners brisk air to stay cool as they competed.

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