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MMCC raises over $100,000 at ‘A Northern Tradition’

The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation raised more than $100,000 at its 13th annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition.

A Northern Tradition fundraiser drew a crowd to Jay's Sporting Goods for a good cause  (Laker Current photo)

A Northern Tradition fundraiser drew a crowd to Jay’s Sporting Goods for a good cause (Laker Current photo)

A Northern Tradition is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. In 13 years, it has raised more than $1.2 million. The event, which was held Sunday, April 27, at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, raised money to help support Mid Michigan Community College Foundation projects.

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. The Foundation’s most prominent program, Students of Promise, prepares local 7th through 12th graders for college.

More than 800 attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local food vendors.

The event also featured special guest Dave Rozema, who was a pitcher on the 1984 Tigers championship

Former Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema shows off World Series ring while signing autographs (Laker Current photo)

Former Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema shows off World Series ring while signing autographs (Laker Current photo)

baseball team.

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, which was donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and an exclusive print by artist Kim Kleinhardt. Tickets were also entered into a raffle for a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, which was won by Todd Diederich of Harrison.

“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.”

Cops and Doughnuts was one of many food vendors (Laker Current photo)

Cops and Doughnuts was one of many food vendors (Laker Current photo)

A large portion of the $100,000 raised came from 95 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.”

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