Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 30, 2012

Volunteers help spruce up Cherry Bowl

'Honk for Harry' when you go by the drive-in

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 100 people pitched in this week to ready the Cherry Bowl Drive-In for a new season.

A work bee at the Honor landmark mainly was organized through word-of-mouth and social media, and was an effort to help drive-in owner Harry Clark's family after he was injured March 10 in a storm-related accident.

Volunteers raked, scrubbed the kitchen, cleaned the theatre's mini-golf course and hooked up speakers, said Ben MacRae, owner of The Corner Toy Store in Frankfort.

Clark remains in serious condition at Munson Medical Center, said hospital spokesman Dale Killingbeck.

Several associates from Sam's Club in Traverse City helped at the drive-in this week and will hold a break-room fundraiser today, said Jared Neubecker, assistant manager.

Clark was chosen Business Member of the Year in 2011 at Sam's, Neubecker said, an award that isn't based on the amount of money spent, but is voted on by the store's managers.

Typical of Clark, Neubecker said, when he received the $50 gift card award, he donated it to charity.

More work bees are being planned, MacRae said, although no dates have been set. He expects one within a couple weeks. Volunteers should check the Cherry Bowl's Facebook page. Meanwhile, a "Honk for Harry" campaign has drivers sounding off when they drive past the theater on U.S. 31.

The theater is scheduled to open for weekend movies April 27, although it could be later than that, Andrew Clark, Harry's son, said this month.

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