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A Northern Tradition raises more than $103,000 for MMCC

Laker Current staff photos

Laker Current staff photos

The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation raised more than $103,000 at its 15th annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition.

A Northern Tradition is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. In 15 years, it has raised more than $1.4 million.

The event, which was held April 24 at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, raise 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.

Local restaurants provided a variety of food, including homemade bread and desserts

Local restaurants provided a variety of food, including homemade bread and desserts

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

About 800 attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local food vendors. Guests were excited to meet special guest, Gary Hogeboom, former CMU Chippewa and NFL quarterback, and to interact with this year’s artist, Betty Bonham.

Featured artist Betty Bonham met with guests and signed prints

Featured artist Betty Bonham met with guests and signed prints

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, which was donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and an exclusive print by Bonham. Tickets were also entered into a raffle for a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, which was won by Tom Olver from Mt. Pleasant.

“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 silent auction featured art work, gifts and activities to the highest bidder

A silent auction featured art work, gifts and activities to the highest bidder

A large portion of the funds 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.”

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