Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 9, 2014

Northern Notes: Community helps keep babies dry

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Sally Hanley from the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry wrote to ask the Record-Eagle to pass along their gratitude to the community for its generosity.

Sally wrote that the diaper drive was a great success and the pantry received more than 220 packages of diapers and $165 in cash donations. She also would like to thank the donation drop sites, including The Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Francis Church, Tom’s Food Markets, Oleson’s Food Stores, the Family Fare store on East Eighth Street, and Small Wonders Consignment and Re-Sale.


Christine O’Connell, president of Charity Hill Ranch in Rapid City, wrote to convey a heartfelt thank-you to all the sponsors, volunteers, attendees and supporters who helped make the 2014 Kentucky Derby Horses for Heroes serving Wounded Veterans event a huge success.

“Proceeds raised will help support our Horses for Heroes Veterans Outreach program that offers equine assisted activities, which support physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs, all at no charge to our wounded warriors,” Christine wrote. “Your support will go a long way in helping the local wounded veterans.”


Bill Marsh Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Traverse City helped raise $3,600 for Traverse City West Senior High School with a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser in April.

The fundraiser was held during parent-teacher conferences at the school and Dodge made a $20 donation to the school on behalf of each person who took a short test drive in 2014 model Dodge brand vehicles. If you do the math, that means that 180 people supported the school by taking test drives.

Money raised will help support extracurricular activities and clubs that are necessary for students to become well-rounded members of society.


Friends and members of the organization Great Old Broads for Wilderness from Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin came together May 15-18 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the 25th anniversary of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, and most importantly to celebrate the inclusion of a “wilderness designated area” at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The event took place on Long Lake near Honor, and included a work project cleaning Esch Beach and a ranger-led hike along and in the new Wilderness area. Local speakers included Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Emily Shaw, Inland Seas Educational Association; Kerry Kelly, president of the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes; and Tiffany Hartung, Sierra Club, Beyond Coal Campaign, Michigan Chapter.

Participants in the celebration included Jan Reelitz, Sandy Dupuis, Patty Odernheimer, Ann Kreilkamp, Deb Scott, Karen Fischer, Lawrie Scharfenberg and Barb Slovisky.