By Pat Maurer Review Correspondent
More than 800 attended last Sunday’s eleventh annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition, at Jay’s Sporting Goods.
The April 21 event, which has now raised over $1.1 million to support Mid Michigan Community College over the years, added $108,000 to the grand total. The proceeds from the event support a variety of MMCC services to the community including scholarships, program development, faculty improvements and programs for at-risk youth.
Ticket holders attending the event each received a $25 gift certificate to Jays, a special limited edition print of Clare’s historic railroad depot, a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Jays, exclusive shopping and food provided by many local venders at the event, who featured samples of their best menu items.
Special guests included two-time Survivor contestant Mike Skupin and feature artist Terry Dickinson. The big winner of the shopping spree was Nicholas Brackrog of Gladwin.
“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 $108,000 raised came from 91 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.”