By Stephanie Beach
---- — The "huge hearts" of the Sleder's family and friends raised more than $23,000 at the 130th anniversary celebration of Sleder's Family Tavern.
More than 350 people joined Tavern owners Brian and Deb Cairns to celebrate the Traverse City landmark's 130th birthday in September with music, food and spirits. The Cairns decided to donate the proceeds of the party to the Women's Caring Program, a nonprofit that raises money to provide early care and education scholarships for children of Michigan's working poor. The funds will provide early education scholarships for 14 Traverse City area families.
"People in our community have really stepped up to the plate," said Deb Cairns. "We couldn't be more pleased with the results — it feels great to know that children in our area will benefit."
"We are overwhelmed by the huge hearts and generosity of the Cairns family, and the entire Sleder's family," said Nancy Jennings, WCP president and CEO. "The magnitude of help and hope this will bring to so many lives is immeasurable. Helping working families get the quality care they need sets the stage for success in children's lives."
The Michigan Equine Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors who helped provide health care, farrier and dentistry services to 43 local horses in need at the free clinic held at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds on Sept. 29.
The foundation thanks Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge, Attorneys at Law, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Hillshire Brands (Sara Lee), Pfizer Inc., Cold Spring Farm, Black Star Farms, Merck Animal Health, Merial animal health care and the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds for their support.
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors recently completed the final tally for its Summer Match Challenge Campaign and wish to announce that the campaign set a new record.
The John L. Mulvaney Foundation challenge was $30,000 and the community responded by donating $57,261.95 for a total of $87,261.95. This amount exceeded the 2011 total by 22 percent.
"Thank you to this generous community and the many churches who provided gifts to meet the challenge," said Gerri VanAntwerp, BACN executive director. "And thank you to BACN staff and the Board of Directors, 100 percent made a gift to this campaign. And thank you to the John L. Mulvaney Foundation. You were the catalyst that allowed this to happen. Your faith in BACN and this community has been phenomenal. You were the key four years ago when BACN needed to grow and you continue to be a key by challenging us every year to stretch and maximize our potential. The dollars raised through this campaign could not have been more timely. Families visiting BACN have increased 7.8 percent over last year."