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A Northern Tradition 2015 draws a crowd — and raises $100,000

CLARE — Students were the winners Sunday, April 19,  when hundreds of supporters gathered at Jay’s Sporting Goods for the 14th annual A Northern Tradition fundraiser.

002More than 800 people attended the event, allowing the MMCC Foundation to raise almost $100,000 for student and community advancement. More than $1.3 million has been raised by this event since it began.

For a $50 ticket, each attendee received a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, an exclusive art print by local artist Katrina Case-Soper, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s. Gus Hendrickson of St. Charles was this year’s winner. More than 15 area restaurants also served free food, ranging from prime rib and pizza, to cookies and specialty desserts. There also were a variety of interesting exhibitors and a silent auction.

Artist Katrina Case-Soper signs prints

Artist Katrina Case-Soper signs prints

The MMCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance Mid Michigan Community College’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved facilities. The Foundation’s largest program, Students of Promise, was established to promote academic achievement, cultural awareness, and higher education to academically promising middle and high school students who face significant challenges in their lives.

Artist Katrina Case-Soper, who was selected to provide this year’s commemorative print for A Northern Tradition was

A silent auction added to the night's profits for students.

A silent auction added to the night’s profits for students

on hand to personalize the prints. Case-Soper’s prints of Tahquamenon Falls were exclusive to ticketholders of A Northern Tradition.

“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 nearly $100,000 raised came from 92 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.”

Photos by The Laker Current

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