— To Butch Hauser, who was named the 2019 Lifetime Leadership Award winner by the Grand Traverse Pavilions and the National Cherry Festival. The award recognizes “individuals for decades of leadership, volunteerism, and service to their community,” according to a release from the Pavilions.
Hauser in 1998 replied to a newspaper ad for a volunteer position at the Area Agency on Aging of Northwestern Michigan to be a Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program counselor. She was one of the first MMAP counselors in the state and is its longest serving volunteer MMAP counselor, the release states.
She also has been a frequent volunteer for the Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue, Thanksgiving and Christmas Community Meals, and Habitat for Humanity.
“She has made it her life mission to be a part of something bigger than herself,” nominator Sarah Stroven said in the release. “She is more than deserving of every acknowledgment and praise for her work.”
— To Buckley High School’s new boys basketball coach Jared Milarch. The former Benzie Central player said Buckley has always been special, even back when he was trying to beat the Bears as a Husky.
“Basketball in Buckley is similar to football at other schools,” Milarch, 40, said. “Buckley has a ton of community support and it’s a big deal. It’s different, special and something I really liked.”
— To Traverse City golfer Anika Dy, 17, who became the youngest winner in the 26-year history of the Michigan Women’s Open. Dy became the second amateur player to win the event, finishing the tournament at 12-under.
She will play at the University of Michigan beginning this fall.
“I didn’t know I won, even on 18,” Dy said. “I did not look at leader boards at all. I had no idea.”
— To the hundreds of locals who gathered under blue skies during the June 22 Walk For Wishes at the Grand Traverse Commons. The inaugural local event pitted teams in a fundraising competition for Make-A-Wish Michigan, a nonprofit that grants “wishes” — trips, experiences and just about anything else a child can think of — to little ones fighting chronic or life-threatening illness.
The 1.5-mile walk drew 47 teams and about 350 walkers.
“I hear time and time again from families — they didn’t realize the strength they’d feel to see people supporting them and their kids,” said Karen Davis, president of Make-A-Wish Michigan. “To see people cheering them along fills their hearts.”