n To Traverse City’s Frank Hagerty, who with his wife Louise co-founded Hagerty Insurance in 1984. Frank Hagerty died at age 79 last week after a battle with cancer. The couple founded Hagerty in 1984 after they couldn’t find insurance for their wooden boats. The company expanded into the classic car business in 1991, and is now the largest insurer of classic cars and vintage wooden boats in the world with more than 800 employees.
n To the parishioners of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cedar who are about to complete a three-year renovation of the church. Parishioners built the first structure more than 130 years ago. A school was constructed in the 1890s, and in 1920 parishioners hauled stones from their farms to help construct the church that stands today. Renovation included repairing water damage from a leaky roof, new plaster, sanding and staining pews and wood flooring and cleaning the church’s 13 stained glass windows.
n To the Traverse City Central High School robotics team, which includes 10 girls among its 39 members. Team members are planning programs at local elementary schools to introduce girls to engineering. Currently, women make up 11.7 percent of engineers in the U.S. workforce. The Central team has offered advice to Elk Rapids’ one-person, first-year robotics team — junior Caitlin Scroggins.
n To Pathfinder School eighth-grader Jessie Williams, who won the 2014 Grand Traverse Regional Spelling Bee at the State Theatre in Traverse City by spelling the word “bellicose.” She earned a medal, a dictionary and a trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. The competition included 30 spellers from across the region and ran for 24 rounds. Anna Zahner, a Charlevoix Middle/High School eighth-grader, was second and Ladida Cuellar, a Suttons Bay eighth-grader, placed third.
n To Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan, which has taken over the popular Empty Bowls fundraiser from the Fresh Food Partnership, which ran the program for 12 years. This year’s Empty Bowls will be held April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. The event features a meal of bread and soup. Participants choose a handcrafted bowl to take home as a reminder of hunger in the area.
n To the St. Baldrick’s Foundation (and those who volunteered to have their heads shaved) for charity) which raised nearly $60,000 from two recent events, One at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House raised more than $33,000 and one at the 7 Monks Taproom raised nearly $26,000. The money funds childhood cancer research.