Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 15, 2013

Northern Notes: Wish gives grandmother 'chills'

Proud grandmother Lynn Palmer called to share a tidbit about her granddaughter’s recent birthday wish.

Lynn said that when her granddaughter Kylie Town of Traverse City was asked what she wanted for her 12th birthday, she said she had everything she needed and all she wanted was to visit a friend at Tendercare and give her a present. A request that gave her grandmother “chills.”

Lynn said that Kylie visited the Traverse City facility with her class from Immaculate Conception School. She made friends with Martha, a resident there, and has continued to visit her regularly. So on Kylie’s birthday, April 2, she bought a pink lamb that plays “Jesus Loves Me” when you touch its paw and delivered it to her friend Martha at Tendercare.

Lynn added that Kylie also expressed a desire to volunteer at the Cherryland Humane Society on her birthday.


A “Help for Haiti” dodge ball tournament fundraiser was held in March at Suttons Bay High School.

This is the fourth year that the tournament has been held, with different organizers each year and sponsored by the National Honor Society. This year’s tournament was organized by Suttons Bay High School seniors Brent Duddles and Jacob Anderson, with organizational help from National Honor Society adviser Sue Chapman. The tournament and bake sale raised almost $500, which will be sent to Haiti to help in ongoing recovery efforts and to help feed and clothe the poor.

Brent and Jacob would like to thank all the teams that participated, and all the volunteers who helped or provided baked goods for the bake sale.


The 2013 Goodwill Reinvention Convention was a great success, raising more than $12,500 for Goodwill programs.

Ruth Blick, director of marketing and communication for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, wrote that the event would not have been so successful without the community’s support.

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