MMCC student plans fundraiser for vet’s park

By Genine Hopkins

local teen plans fundraiserHarrison resident, MMCC student and “community activist” Amanda Brandenburg has begun planning a fundraiser to benefit the Clare County Veterans Freedom Park. A dinner, to be held at the VFW Post #1075 in Harrison is planned for July28, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., with donations for the meal going to the Freedom Park.

This park is very important to the community and I can’t think of a better recipient of this fundraiser,” said Brandenburg.

Put in touch with Veterans Services Director Renee Haley, Brandenburg received her blessing.

“She was very enthused about the idea,” Brandenburg said.

This is not the first time Ms. Brandenburg has hit the papers. Review readers may recall Amanda and her fellow “inspire” member Danielle Keysor baked cookies to show appreciation to the county’s sheriff deputies and personnel. She began her community service while still attending Harrison High School, where she created a “Do Something” club that held a food drive which was donated to the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, and performed numerous other community improvement drives. When she attended the “Inspire Michigan” event, she knew that she was not alone in providing community service, an idea that has spread rapidly over the past several years, including purchasing Christmas presents this past year for an area family hit hard by the economic times.

She became a promoter of the Team Jayden, and has continually performed smaller, random acts of kindness from time to time.

Each occasion means so much to her, that she can provide joy to someone, bringing a smile to their faces with just a kind act.

“When attending the Inspire event, just handing people a flower with an inspirational quote to brighten their day, random people, was incredible. We brought smiles to so many faces!”

The menu for the event isn’t locked into place, but it will be casual. Brandenburg is extremely grateful to the VFW Post for donating use of their facilities. Ms. Keysor is assisting Brandenburg with the event, and the two girls have already received approval for donations from Save-a-Lot in Harrison, who will be donating condiments; they have already contacted other area businesses and expect to hear back from them soon.

If you’d like to learn more about Brandenburg’s group, you can visit their website at

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