Proceeds from this weekend’s Snowball will purchase statue

January 10, 2019

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

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

The event, their fourth annual Snowball Dinner Dance, will be held Saturday January 12th, that’s tomorrow, at the Harrison Moose Lodge at 5258 North Clare Avenue.

Freedom Park Statue Project Coordinator Maye Tessner-Rood said, “I am proud of the fact that with the three previous Snowball Dinner/Dances, we have been able to purchase the following statues for our Freedom Park: the Soldier’s Cross, WWII Statue and the Korean War Statue.”

“This year’s goal is to purchase the Vietnam War Statue to install in the Freedom Park,” she said.

“I am inviting everyone to join me in this ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Vets’ effort to honor those who served and who deserve to know that Michigan is proud of their service to our country,” she said. “They served this country and the Commander in Chief of the United States of American on behalf of all of us, regardless of our or their beliefs. They served and were not honored at that time. They fought on the battle field and then had to fight for recognition when they arrived home.”
She continued, “It is past time that we show them we are thankful for their service. Unfortunately we have lost many of them, but to those who remain, let’s say ‘Welcome Home!!’ and to those who are gone, say to their families, ‘Thank you’.”

Maye said the fundraising goal is $35,000. “I believe that with the efforts of Clare, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella Counties working and pulling together, ‘We can do it!’”

She said donations can be made with a cash pledge, purchasing dinner tickets, raffle tickets or by donating items for the silent auctions.

Shown is one of the Veterans’ statues purchased with funds raised through donations and the Snowball proceeds last year.

Shown is one of the Veterans’ statues purchased with funds raised through donations and the Snowball proceeds last year.

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.

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

The first event helped to finish the Wall of Tears at the park which was 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. In 2016 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.

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 with over 40 “Rosies” attending the Snowball.

In 2016, 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.

You won’t want to miss this year’s big fundraiser on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Harrison Moose Lodge; the Clare County Veteran’s Office, the Jackpine Restaurant; the Clare County Cleaver or from Maye Tessner-Rood at 989-944-0075.

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

The event, their fourth annual Snowball Dinner Dance, will be held Saturday January 12th, that’s tomorrow, at the Harrison Moose Lodge at 5258 North Clare Avenue.

Freedom Park Statue Project Coordinator Maye Tessner-Rood said, “I am proud of the fact that with the three previous Snowball Dinner/Dances, we have been able to purchase the following statues for our Freedom Park: the Soldier’s Cross, WWII Statue and the Korean War Statue.”

“This year’s goal is to purchase the Vietnam War Statue to install in the Freedom Park,” she said.

“I am inviting everyone to join me in this ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Vets’ effort to honor those who served and who deserve to know that Michigan is proud of their service to our country,” she said. “They served this country and the Commander in Chief of the United States of American on behalf of all of us, regardless of our or their beliefs. They served and were not honored at that time. They fought on the battle field and then had to fight for recognition when they arrived home.”
She continued, “It is past time that we show them we are thankful for their service. Unfortunately we have lost many of them, but to those who remain, let’s say ‘Welcome Home!!’ and to those who are gone, say to their families, ‘Thank you’.”

Maye said the fundraising goal is $35,000. “I believe that with the efforts of Clare, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella Counties working and pulling together, ‘We can do it!’”

She said donations can be made with a cash pledge, purchasing dinner tickets, raffle tickets or by donating items for the silent auctions.

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.

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

The first event helped to finish the Wall of Tears at the park which was 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. In 2016 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.

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 with over 40 “Rosies” attending the Snowball.

In 2016, 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.

You won’t want to miss this year’s big fundraiser on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Harrison Moose Lodge; the Clare County Veteran’s Office, the Jackpine Restaurant; the Clare County Cleaver or from Maye Tessner-Rood at 989-944-0075.

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