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During the off-season, the Grand Traverse Yacht Club boat crews and other club groups host culinary nights. The groups prepare a meal for sale to other club members, replacing the usual kitchen staff.
When it came time for Yacht Club members Kim Marian and Libby Tomlinson, who own and race the all-female boat “Knockout,” to serve a meal, they had one mission in mind, to help the most in-need food pantries in the region.
“We chose to theme our evening ‘Knockout Hunger: A Soup Kitchen’ and served a variety of soups and grilled cheese sandwiches to our fellow club members,” Kim said. “To complete the theme, we collected both funds and food for Food Rescue Northwest Michigan, offering a discount on the meal as thanks for any food contributions.
The event was a huge success and the crew served dinner to nearly 100 people. According to Food Rescue’s Bob Cullen, the ladies of Knockout also generated nearly 500 pounds of food to help feed the hungriest families in the community.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the success of this event,” Kim said, adding that they also put out collection canisters which generated cash donations as well.
And finally, with permission from the Yacht Club Flag Officers, the club also planned to make a financial contribution equal to the proceeds generated from the sale of meals that evening.