Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 13, 2012

Britten Banners to the rescue

Bill Kennis from the History Center of Traverse City wrote to thank Dave Taylor of Britten Banners for creating a parade banner for the History Center's Cherry Festival entry. Britten Banners also created the banners that grace downtown streets publicizing the Lego Carnival at the History Center.

After noting that he should probably be making weekly nominations for this column because "we are truly surrounded by selfless individuals who help us daily," Bill went on to praise Dave for the timeliness and unsolicited vision and leadership he initiated.

"We phoned Britten seeking poles for mounting our 72-inch pole banners and somehow Dave got involved," Bill wrote. "He suggested we needed something easier to carry in the form of an eight-foot long banner. He said,'I'll get our designers to send you a proof in a couple of hours, print it, assemble it and have it ready by tomorrow.' He created a beautiful Lego Carnival banner in 24 hours and even offered to deliver it just hours before the parade began. T.C. is fortunate to have Dave and his amazingly talented team servicing our needs."

By the way, the Lego Carnival at the History Center, 322 Sixth St., continues through Sept. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. To learn more, visit


A project launched in January as part of St. Mary School of Lake Leelanau's National Vocations Awareness Week culminated successfully on July 26.

The goal of the project was to raise $2,012 for an orphanage in India and collect 2,012 pounds of blankets, shoes, coats and clothing for Afghani refugees. The school nearly doubled both goals.

On July 26, more than 4,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, coats, hats, mittens and blankets were picked up at the Lake Leelanau Excavating Building to be delivered to Afghanistan. The clothing project was overseen by the United States Aid for International Development.

The students also raised more than $3,700 for children in India.

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