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A Northern Tradition tops the $1 million mark

McLaren Central Michigan serves up salmon with dill sauce during A Northern Tradition. Courtesy photo.

HARRISON — The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation raised over $119,000 at its eleventh annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition, on April 22, 2012.
           
The Northern Tradition is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. Thanks to a special effort on the part of corporate sponsors and ticket buyers, the event has raised just over $1,000,000 in its first 11 years.

The event, which was held at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, raises money for the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation. The proceeds from this event allow the Foundation to support the College’s services to the community through scholarships, program development, improved facilities, and programs for at-risk youth.

Pat Sheridan signs an autograph for an A Northern Tradition guest. Courtesy photo.

Over 820 attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local food vendors. The event also featured special guest Pat Sheridan, a former member of the Detroit Tigers.   

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, which was donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and an exclusive print by wildlife artist, Pauline Pierce Harmon.

Acrylic artist Pauline Pierce Harmon signs an autograph for a guest during A Northern Tradition. Courtesy photo.

“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 funds raised came from 98 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. “This event highlights the local support for higher education and the students working to make their dreams a reality.”

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