Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 8, 2013

Northern Notes: Helping neighbors pays off for BACN

This year’s “Chase the Chill” winter food drive for Benzie Area Christian Neighbors was a huge success with more than five tons of food, $6,000 in cash and hundreds of volunteer hours received.

“On behalf of the board, we are in awe, again this year, of the way this community can come together to make a drive like this so successful,” wrote Gerri VanAntwerp, BACN executive director. “Most uplifting for me is to see the Scouts, both boys and girls, as volunteers, learning the importance of helping their neighbors ... Neighbors helping neighbors is a concept that fits every generation.”

VanAntwerp would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their help, apologizing in advance if she inadvertently misses someone:

The Scouts from Troop 10 and 104 and Girl Scout Troop 10018; the Coast Guard service members from the Frankfort station and Chief Robert Nendza; Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian, Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Congregational and Church of Christ parishioners for organizing church bag drives; Frankfort and Benzie area schools; Watson Motors Benzonia for use of three vans; key store organizers and all the local grocers who were so generous of their space and time to help volunteers get organized including Glen’s in Frankfort, Sav A Lot in Benzonia, Honor Family Market in Honor, Copemish Family Market in Copemish and Shop and Save in Benzonia; the transport team from St. Ann’s Men’s Group; and the many volunteers, including Bob, Dan, Tom, Carol and Dani who were still sorting and marking donated items two weeks after the drive.


The Great Lakes Children’s Museum raised more than $35,000 at its “Farm Fete” fundraiser.

“We are grateful for all of the work and generosity that went into making this year’s event a huge success,” said John Noonan, the museum’s executive director.

“I am especially heartened by the $7,000 that we raised that is specifically earmarked to offer free admissions to disadvantaged children and families in our community,” added Ellen Fred, museum board president. “We want every child to be able to experience the vibrant, hands-on learning that is offered at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum.

For details on providing free admissions to disadvantaged children, call 932-4526 or email


Mt. Holiday recently announced that it was able to purchase a new Ranger for grooming and maintenance on Mt. Holiday through the generosity of Rotary Charities and vigorous fund raising.

“The community support has been tremendous for Mt. Holiday over the past year and we are indebted to our community,” wrote Theresa Galante, Mt. Holiday executive director.



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