Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 9, 2013

Northern Notes: Rain doesn't dampen support

Local columnist

— Sherri Fenton, development and marketing director for the Traverse Health Clinic, wrote to thank the community for its generous support of the Cooks’ House pig roast, a fundraiser for the Traverse Health Clinic started three years ago by Cooks’ House chefs Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee.

“It was not an optimal day — lots of rain — but a kind bunch of goodhearted people turned out anyway and took refuge under the tent and enjoyed great food and entertainment by the Reefermen,” Sherri wrote.

Front Street Tattoo gathered nine tattoo artists from around the country who made custom designed skateboard decks for auction, and, although Lifer Skateboard Shop had a skateboard demonstration planned, the weather didn’t cooperate, Sherri added.

She went on the acknowledge Cooks’ House for donating the pig, and Sweet Mama’s Kitchen, Great Lakes Culinary Institute, La Becasse, Bistro Fou Fou, Mission Table, Towne Plaza, Georgina’s, Morsels and Trattoria Stella for providing the side dishes. Beverages were provided by Rochester Mills Brewing Company and Boskedyl Vineyards.

“Special thanks to sponsors Z93, Bill Marsh Automotive Group and Huntington Bank,” Sherri wrote. “Funds raised will support care of 31 individuals at the Traverse City Health Clinic so it wasn’t a washout after all! Traverse Health Clinic wishes to thank everyone involved including all the brave souls who came out on a rainy day!”


Trinity Lutheran Church recently collected items from 27 northwest Michigan churches for Lutheran World Relief.

When the counting was done, there were 344 boxes of quilts, personal care kits, baby care kits and school kits loaded onto a semi-trailer truck donated by Star Truck Rentals. The truck was driven to the train depot in Grand Rapids and the boxes were then transported to Baltimore where they were prepared for shipment around the world. The quilts and kits will be distributed and will provide warmth and basic necessities to people who have been driven from their homes because of natural disasters and war.

“Special thanks to Star Truck Rentals who have generously provided the truck for many years; Rob Ream, who drove the truck to Grand Rapids; and to all the people who participate in this ongoing ministry,” wrote Janet MacDonald, who is on the Board of Christian Care at Trinity Lutheran Church. “Trinity Lutheran Church is honored to be the collection site for northern Michigan Lutheran churches and churches of other denominations that contribute to this cause.”