To Michael Moore and the hundreds of people who organized and volunteered and the thousands who attended the just (infinitely) good movies in the eighth annual Traverse City Film Festival.
To Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan for the 23rd annual Brown Bag Campaign to raise both awareness of and funds for children living in foster care in a 15-county area served by the agency. Sponsors include Charter, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, the Oleson Foundation and the Traverse City Record-Eagle. The annual push helps fund extras, such as music lessons, summer camp, sports and dance classes. It has raised more than $225,000 since 1990.
To the team of seven foster children who formed one of the SEEDS Youth Corps teams this summer that worked on a variety of projects, from hauling gravel and dirt to maintain trails, to hanging drywall, building fences, removing invasive species and working on construction projects at the Grand Traverse Commons, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and for the Grand Traverse Conservation District.
To Jenn Gibbons, 27, a breast cancer survivor from Chicago who rowed and biked through the region last week on her 1,500-mile odyssey around Lake Michigan to promote exercise for cancer survivors and raise money for Recovery on Water, a rowing team for cancer survivors she founded and has coached for four years. She's faced big challenges — extreme weather, coping with a family death and a sexual assault. Her journey started June 15 and she hopes to row into Chicago in late August.
To those who organized and participated in Elk Rapids' 57th Annual Harbor Days. The four-day event, which started Wednesday evening, benefits Elk Rapids charities.
To the organizers of the fourth annual Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament. The three-day event brought 125 teams from the Midwest and Texas to Traverse City in late July. Games were held at TBAYS Keystone Soccer Complex and three more fields off Carlisle Road. The event has grown from 36 teams in the first year.
To AARP for its "You've Earned a Say" listening tour in Traverse City last week to allow area senior citizens to discuss their thoughts on how to stabilize the future of Social Security and Medicare. Nearly 25,000 Michiganders already have participated in AARP's push to ensure seniors have their say in what happens to the nation's health and retirement security programs.