Mid Michigan Community Action Agency Emergency Services Coordinator Sherry Combs was overwhelmed by the community support the Agency received during its recent fundraising campaigns.
“It just shows the great support system in Gladwin County of neighbors helping neighbors,” Combs said. “I was also overcome by the generosity of local businesses – they donated so many prizes and items for our Silent Auction.”
Participants met at the Beaverton High School Feb. 22 to take part in the 12th annual Walk for Warmth sponsored by the MMCAA. The Walk raises money to help families with heat and other household related emergencies. Even though temperatures were low, spirit was high as walkers managed to raise $6007.60 during the event.
Awards were presented to several participants, including Linda Ulch who turned in the most pledges with 700. Linda’s son, Steven Ulch, won the most pledges award five years in a row, and when he went away to college, he turned the torch over to his mother.
Dorothy McMahon was honored for being the oldest walker, and the most frequent walker, if you will. Dorothy has attended all 12 Walk for Warmth events.
The youngest walker award went to Annette Richard, and the award for the person who traveled the furthest to participate went to Alice Moore who came all the way from Sugar Springs and walked with her tiny Yorkie bundled in her jacket. On hand to present awards along with Sherry was county commissioner Tom Hoag, whose family participated in the event.
The MMCAA held their spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Saturday, March 1. The Gladwin Eagles sponsored the event. Entertainment was provided by Cowboy Kip. So far the event has raised $924 although there is still money being returned to the agency for the items sold in the silent auction.
In addition, the penny drive netted the agency $1,107.40.
“The children and their parents did an amazing job,” said Combs.
The Beaverton site won a pizza party for their portion of the donation. Participating sites were the Community Action Preschool, Early Head Start, and the Gladwin Child Development Center.
Totals from those three events tallied up to $8,038.40. That’s not all, according to Combs. There is still money in donation banks and revenue from the sale of donation “boots” at participating local businesses.