From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City resident was one of five Art Van Award of Hope recipients.
Cecilia Chesney, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, received $5,000 for her organization and was given the chance to compete for an additional $25,000 through the Art Van Charity Challenge.
Community members can help by going to artvancharitychallenge.com and vote for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. The charity challenge has awarded more than $5 million to 150 Michigan-based charities in five years.
A news release stated the Award of Hope is given to Michigan residents “for their unwavering commitment to family and community.” The ceremony was held May 16 in Novi.